Cleansing is an important aspect of our worship experience. We are washed in the Blood of Jesus when we surrender our lives unto God at the point of salvation initially. We are, then, daily cleansed and sanctified by Christ
“…with the washing of water by the Word, That He might present it (us – the church) to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it (we) should be holy and without blemish…” (Eph. 5:26,27).
Our cleansing does not end there. John the Baptist declares that,
“…One mightier than I cometh…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with His fire unquenchable…” (Lk. 3:16,17).
The purpose of the cleansing and purification by fire is to consume all of the things within our lifestyles that are not acceptable by God, nor conducive to a godly lifestyle. This disclosure helps us to understand why many within the Body of Christ spend more time avoiding the Word of God and are comfortable with salvation alone. They are comfortable with not being confronted with and having to assume responsibility by taking an active role in their spiritual transformation beyond the point of accepting Christ as their Lord. In doing so, they become as the Samaritan woman, to whom who Christ said,
“Ye worship ye know not what…but the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit AND in truth…” (Jn. 4:22-24).
As we discussed a few days ago, true worship begins and ends with an act of obedience. If we are not ensuring that we are approaching “…hill of the Lord…” and attempting to “…stand in His Holy place…” with unclean hands and an impure heart through daily cleansing and purification, we cannot expect to
“…receive the blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation…” (Ps. 24:3-5).
Those who are truly seeking an audience with the King have an understanding of how to prepare themselves in order to present themselves “…a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your (our) reasonable service…” (Rom. 12:1). It is an important portion of our worship experience. We will never experience the fullness of God apart from it…#thinkonthesethings
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