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Blameless Before Christ

Did you catch the title? Is it really possible to be blameless before Christ? Before we assume the impossible let’s see what the Scripture has to say.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIV) “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”

Now that’s a mouth full! Those who belong to Him are blameless, but what about this “spirit, soul and body” part? We know we have a body, and we know we have a soul, but what’s this spirit part? Isn’t that the same thing as the soul? The simple answer is no, it isn’t. Let me explain.

At death our body separates from our spirit and soul, it is the reversal of what happened to Adam. He was lifeless until the Lord breathed into his nostrils and at that moment man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). Some versions say God breathed the spirit of life. So man was created with a physical body, God breathed the spirit of life into him and he became a living being or soul (the KJV uses the word soul).

Let’s break it down a little further. We are not who we are because of our body. Our body is nothing more than a container for who we really are. The apostle Paul spoke of being away from the body and at home with the Lord in 2 Corinthians 5:8-10 (NIV). “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Paul says we will all leave this physical container and stand before the judgment seat of Christ. How then do we get to that place where our spirit, soul and body are blameless? How do we keep it blameless at the coming of our Lord? Is that even possible? We know we are not sinless as long as we are in this body.

Let’s see if we can break this down in a way that makes sense. Take a look at the diagram.

Spirit Soul Body Diagram

This will give you a better understanding of what Paul is saying. When you become born again your spirit is instantly saved. This is what our Lord said in John 3:5-8 (NLT). Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, You must be born again.”

The spirit: Once you believe and invite Christ into your heart your spirit is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). Maybe this will help. When you go to the meat section at the grocery store you notice the packages of meat are sealed tight with plastic. No matter how many people handle that package you are confident of its purity because it is sealed. The same is true of your born again spirit, The seal keeps impurities out and the good remains in.

When we sin only our body and soul are affected. Our spirit does not participate because it is sealed. For this reason the Holy Spirit moved on John to write in 1 John 3:9 (NKJV) “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”

Look at it this way. If two pigs fall into to a pool of mud and one is a born again Christian, though both fell in the mud only the born again pig will feel out of place because something has changed on the inside. He now has the DNA of God (Divine Nature of the Almighty). There is a conviction, an awareness that he is dirty. However the other pig will feel right at home.

Remember, the spirit is sealed; covered in plastic as it were. The spirit part of you cannot sin. The flesh part can and will continue to sin. So when John says whoever is born of God cannot sin, it is obvious he is not talking about the body, but rather the spirit which has been sealed.

The soul: This is where your mind, will, and emotions along with your conscience lives and operates. Your sinful nature that you inherited from Adam dwells here. Your soul was not transformed instantly like your spirit. You can think of the soul as the realm of your senses. Your thoughts, attitudes, perceptions; everything that makes you who you are comes from your soul. If you are a jerk and get born again today, tomorrow you will be a born again jerk. However your spirit is saved and sealed by the Holy Spirit.

This is the point where our struggle begins. Our flesh or sinful nature wants to continue doing evil, which is the opposite of what our born again spirit wants. Our soul has always followed the desire of our flesh, but now something is different. Our born again spirit wants to honor God. A transformation must take place to line our soul (thoughts, emotions, attitudes, desires) with the Word of God. The obvious question is, how? After all, our soul has been programmed to satisfy the desires of our flesh from birth. How do we change it to now honor God? Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

How do we renew our minds? We get in the Word and allow the Spirit of God to transform us. Over time we will learn not to let our emotions rule our lives. Doing God’s will becomes a priority over our own will. We begin to reject our knowledge and replace it with God’s knowledge, reject our ways and adopt God’s ways and yes we reject our conditional love and replace it with God’s unconditional love, our unrighteousness for His righteousness and we begin to experience the Holy Spirit leading us and transforming us day by day into the image of Christ. The more we submit to what Scripture says the smoother the transformation.

It should come as no surprise that this transformation is a life long pursuit. We will never arrive as long as we are confined to this physical body, but when we make the Word of God the ultimate authority in our lives, it becomes much easier.

The body: What more can we say about this hunk of dust except that we are thankful for the plan of salvation which includes a new glorified body. Until then we are at war with the flesh constantly fighting to bring our body under subjection. The body is on one side, the spirit on the other, and the soul caught in the middle. The concept is simple. The “majority wins.” The Holy Spirit wants to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and our flesh wants to continue having its own way. When our soul is focused on our own will, emotions, thoughts, and attitudes our flesh wins. The flesh and soul are a majority. It’s two against one as it were with the body and soul lined up against the spirit. However, when we align our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions with our spirit, then the Holy Spirit causes His fruits of joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to be released into the body and out to the physical realm. Again, it’s two against one; spirit and soul against the body.

It’s a lot to take in, but if you will open yourself to the Holy Spirit He will begin to teach you. Our prayer for you is the one with which we began this post. “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIV)

God’s Word will stand into eternity! Begin today to make it the authority in your life.

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How Big is Your Want To?

This week let’s talk about imagination. Most of us don’t realize it, but we use our imagination every day. We see ourselves going to work. We can see the stop light down the street or the freeway on ramp long before we get there. If I ask you how many doors you have in your house you can tell me not because you know, but because you can imagine each room and see the doors and by walking through your house in your mind you can tell me how many doors you have. That’s using your imagination.

The significance of imagination in our spiritual walk is also something we do every day. We see ourselves as depressed, as fearful, as guilty. We see our finances in ruin or our bodies racked with illness. We see ourselves trapped and bound by those things which hold us captive.

We have seen in the past few weeks that Jesus died to set the captives free (Romans 8:2). He rose from the dead and placed this raised from the dead power on the inside of us (Colossians 2:12,13). He sent His Holy Spirit to be with us forever and empower us to live a life of victory (Acts 1:8). And yet in spite of all He has done, we have the power to sabotage our own recovery simply by not laying hold of what He has given us.

Do you remember the old TV show “What’s My Line?” It consisted of a panel of four and a host who would present a guest with an unusual occupation. The panel would ask questions of the guest to try and determine what he did. We too have a line. Our line is not what we do, but rather what holds us captive.

As human beings we are very resourceful. Most of us have come up with ways to deal with our captivity. It may be something we have come up with on our own or it may be a “treatment” that we have derived from some group, or friend, or family member. Whatever it is, we have developed a process by which we can cope with that thing that holds us captive. Over time we can become so attuned to the treatment that we don’t even stop to consider that we can actually be free of the problem altogether.

So I have two questions. One, are you satisfied to live as a captive with a treatment that seems to be working or do you want freedom? And two, how bad do you want it? Or as someone once said, how big is your want to? The level of your desire will determine your outcome.

I think most of us would say we want to be free once and for all, and yet few of us take action. It would be more accurate to say that we actually feed the areas in which we want to be free. Take fear for example. What do we do when we become fearful? We focus on the thing that we are afraid of and the fear grows. Or what about depression. We focus on the things that we are depressed about and the depression deepens. Guilt, anxiety, anger… it’s all the same. We focus on the issues which only makes them worse.

But let’s say when we are depressed we begin thinking of all of the good things in our life. Slowly we may rise above our depression and soon we are feeling better. Does that mean we are free? No. It means we have found a way to cope with our depression. It is a treatment or process which works most of the time, but what if we could be rid of the depression. What if rather than having a treatment that works most of the time, we could come to that place where the treatment isn’t necessary because depression is no longer a part of who we are?

Please understand, I am not belittling the process. If you have something that you struggle with and you have found a way to gain victory, however temporary, don’t stop. Continue with what works until you are set free, but don’t become so addicted to the process that you lose sight of the freedom that is available to you.

So the real question becomes, how? Here is a simple truth that most of us miss. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” In other words, as believers we have a new nature that wants to change if we will let it.

2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Again, it’s His power on the inside of us. We are struggling to try and get what we’ve already got.

Years ago people used to say, “Let go and let God.” The problem with that statement is that God has already done it. We just need to let go.

This is such a simple thing and yet one of the hardest. Everything about us screams, “But I have a right to feel guilty. You don’t know what I’ve done.” Let go. “But they are threatening to foreclose on my house if I don’t pay them.” Let go. “Why is it that everyone else always seems to be blessed, but I have to fight and struggle for everything I have?” Let go.

Remember what we said about imagination? How do you see yourself? Are you a victim or a victor? Do you identify with the statement, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13), or I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart (Psalm 38:8). If you see yourself as anything other than free then begin imagining yourself as the person you want to be. If you can’t see it you will never have it.

Does that sound too radical? Then consider Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We often quote this verse in reference to faith, but the real point here is hope. Faith is important because it is what gives our hope substance. But what is hope? How do we hope for something? How do we hope for a life free of captivity? We use our imagination. We see a different outcome, a different way of being and because we see that other way we hope for it. Then once we have seen it and hope arises within us, faith comes along and we begin to get excited because we know it’s coming. We see it and now we can walk in it.

Let me be quick to say I am not talking about some form of visualization where you sit and meditate on the things you want and then watch them manifest because of your persistence. I am talking about a pattern of seeing in your mind what God has done and knowing in your heart that He wants only good things for you and then allowing that hope, joined with faith, to come to pass because of His power at work in you. To do that involves time spent in the Word, in prayer, and in relationship with Jesus.

In 2 Corinthians 4:16 Paul said, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” How many of us spend significant time each day in the Word, praying and seeking Him? Do we limit ourselves to just a few minutes trying to cram a chapter or two in and then mumble a quick prayer as our Christian duty or do we approach Him as a friend and genuinely listen to what He has to say?

“But I don’t have time.” Yet there is time for our favorite TV program, an afternoon of golf, tinkering in the garage. I could go on, but you know the excuses. Someone once said an excuse is as good as a reason. If we have an excuse, that is reason enough not to do what we know we must do to be set free.

So it comes back to my original question. How bad do you want it?

Please know I am not condemning anyone. I am just making the point that freedom is a choice. It does not happen overnight, but it will happen if we will commit ourselves to the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in our heart and lives.

As for hope, Ecclesiastes 9:4 says, “Anyone who is among the living has hope.” Are you still living? Then you have hope. Begin to exercise it, get in the Word, focus on what God says about the issue instead of what your flesh tells you about it. See yourself for who God says you are. Let go.

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Life in the Spirit

Galatians 5:1 tells us that, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. And yet for the first century Christians this was a hard concept to grasp. After all, it had not been that long ago that the law of Moses was the way to God. Now Paul and others were proclaiming that salvation was by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus alone.

Coming from a works-based background many struggled and found themselves trying to incorporate faith and works as the means of salvation. This lead to strife among the believers, in effect dividing them into two camps. On one side were those who accepted that salvation was a free gift based on faith alone, and the other side were those who felt that salvation was a combination of faith and works based on the law. Paul warned in Galatians 5:15 that, If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. He then went on to exhort them in verse 16 to live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

It’s interesting to me that Paul saw this division as a means of gratifying the sinful nature. However it makes a lot of sense when you consider that virtually all of our “issues” are a result of the sinful nature.

Paul spends the next several verses clearly detailing what the sinful nature looks like and teaching us how to walk in the freedom that is ours in Christ. Take a few moments and read the instructions Paul gives us in Galatians 5:16-26 in the Amplified version.

16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]

26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

That’s quite a mouth full. Let me simplify it for you. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).

Sounds great doesn’t it? But how does it work here in the real world? It’s great to have this list of does and don’ts, but how do you actually do this? How do you keep in step with the Spirit?

It’s really quite simple. Go back to Colossians 2:6. Paul said, As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. How did you receive Christ Jesus as Lord? You received Him by faith. How then do you walk in Him? You walk in Him the same way… by faith.

Think of it this way. God has called us to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh, but most of us have it backwards. We look at our circumstances and pray for deliverance rather than recognizing by faith that we have already been delivered and walk accordingly.

Faith is easy. We make it difficult when we try to fit it into our belief system. What if we open our minds and our spirit to the reality of faith in spite of our belief system. Isn’t that what Paul was saying when he said that since we live by the Spirit we should also walk in the Spirit?

As we have discussed before, our problem is one of focus. We already have the power to walk in victory over our circumstances. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

How does He do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine? He does it according to his power that is at work within us.

I think there comes a time for each of us where we have to stop and get our eyes off of ourselves and our “stuff” and just look at Jesus. Instead of trying to “fix it,” whatever “it” is, let’s take on the attitude that Paul had in Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Now that’s life in the Spirit!

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Magic Trees of the Mind

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” By now I think most of us know this. We have been focusing on who we are in Christ and the fact that our identity begins in the spirit realm and carries over onto the physical. However, with that said, there are some physical issues I think we need to consider.

In the last ten years or so science has made great strides in understanding how the human brain operates. They now confirm that 87% to 95% of all illness comes from our thoughts. For example we hear the news anchor telling us that it’s flu season and all of a sudden we start noticing every time someone sneezes. We begin using those anticeptic wipes on the carts at the grocery store, and our focus is on not getting sick. It’s generally not long before symptoms set in and sure enough, we now have the flu.

So how does that work? How can we actually “think” ourselves into being sick? This is going to get interesting so bear with me.

The brain is made up of nerve cells called neurons. These nerve cells actually have the appearance of trees with branches reaching out in all directions. If you do a search online for images of neurons you can see what I’m talking about. In some circles these structures of neurons are referred to as the “Magic Trees of the Mind.”

The mind processes over 400 billion actions per second. There are over 100 billion nerve cells in your brain, each having 200,000 branches or 300 million plus years of storage space to build memories.

Everything that comes into our brain through our five senses converts into neurons and builds one of these tree like structures. In other words, we have scientific proof that thoughts are real, tangible, physical properties in our brain.

Now consider Genesis 1:27. Here it says that God made man in His own image. So it should come as no surprise that the process we go through to build thoughts is wired in a positive direction. That is, our brains are designed to respond to thoughts with a chemical reaction that produces excitement, passion, happiness, fulfillment, and so on. Every positive thought builds a healthy network of neurons which causes us to develop in a positive manner as God intended.

However, God’s intent was thwarted in the garden when Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God and listen to the lies of the serpent. Their sin produced death resulting in a distortion or corruption of what God had once called good. Now rather than building just positive trees, our bad choices and negative thinking builds negative or toxic trees in our brains.

What is interesting is that there is no chemical for negative thoughts. Remember, we were designed to create positive neural trees by the release of positive chemicals into our brains. The fall of man did not give satan the ability to create negative chemicals, however, by distorting what God had created the effect is the same.

When we have negative thoughts our brain draws the nearest positive chemical and secretes more, and more, and more, and throws the brain into disorder, creating a chemical imbalance which causes a negative, toxic tree to grow throwing the entire body out of order and causing stress and inflammation in the brain. This inflammation causes the immune system to send out all kinds of cells to try and sort out the disorder which can result in illness and disease.

Now here is where it gets interesting. Science has discovered a process that they call Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity says that the brain is “plastic” and “malleable”. It refers to the ability of the human brain to change by modifying the strength of the connections, by adding or removing connections, and by the formation of new cells. In other words, we can rewire our thoughts, melt down the toxic neurons and replace them with positive thoughts creating positive nerve cells.

I know, it’s a lot to take in. Let’s look at a few scriptures in light of all this. Proverbs 23:7a (KJV) “…as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Now that’s quite a statement in light of our discussion. My brain is wired to operate the way I see myself. My neural network is the sum of my thoughts and experiences and I can change it by how I think in my heart.

I am sure Paul had know idea of the extent of what he was saying when he wrote in Philippians 4:8 (NKJV), “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” If we meditate on these things we are in effect rewiring our thoughts.

For years we have listened as the medical community told us that certain people could not overcome their problems due to a chemical imbalance and medication was prescribed. We now know scientifically that chemical imbalances can be corrected by changing our thoughts.

So here’s my disclaimer. I am not saying we can rid ourselves of the affects of sin simply by thinking it. What I am trying to do is show the physical process that occurs in our brain when we stop focusing on our problems and begin focusing on His Word and His promises.

God has wired us in His image and yet most of us go through life thinking this is just the way it is because we live in a fallen world. We accept everything the devil throws at us and other than waving our fist at him every now and then, we generally live in defeat waiting for Jesus to come and take us home.

As a believer, the same power that raised Christ from the dead resides on the inside of you. You have been given freedom over every bondage in Him. You can begin today to tear down the neural network that is the physical manifestation of the choices you have made in your past and allow the Word of God to heal you from the inside out. Let us show you how. Email us today at info@fruitbearers.com.

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The Cleansing Word of God

Last week we spent some time focusing on solutions rather than our issues. We entitled the discussion, “Is God’s Word Sufficient?” This week we are going to continue in that theme as we look at “The Cleansing Word of God.”

Not too many of us have looked at the Word of God from this point of view; as a cleansing tool. Lets look at the definition of the word “cleansing” to see if it can enlighten us or maybe give us a different perspective concerning the Word of God. Then let us dig in to see what God has to say about His Word as a cleansing tool.

Definition of the word Cleansing or Cleanse is:

1- To make clean.
2- To remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul (that’s interesting).
3- To become clean.
4- To remove dirt, filth, etc, from.
5- To remove guilt from (that’s also interesting).
6- To rid of impurities by or as if by washing (even more interesting).

We could probably continue, but you get the idea. Most of us experience one or more of these definitions daily. For instance after a long day of work who doesn’t feel refreshed with a bath or shower? If you are traveling in your car and happen to get a flat tire who doesn’t want to wash off the grime after changing it? Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing shower to remove the dirt and sweat after working in the garden? You can see that we all can relate to this concept of cleansing to remove dirt, grime, filth, impurities. Now notice definitions 2 and 5. They say the same thing about cleansing sin from the soul or removing guilt which deals with something within us.

We can easily relate to the cleansing of the external. Most of us, if not all of us, at one time or another have had speck of food or something on our face that we didn’t notice. Maybe our hair was messed up and we didn’t even know it until someone point it out to us. Or there are some people who wouldn’t point it out so all day long we are walking around the office looking like we just got out of bed or had just stuck our finger in an electrical socket, or just had lunch and ran out of napkins. Though we may be unaware of it someone else can see it. Hopefully we somehow manage to catch our reflection in a mirror and notice a big oops!

The thing is, after it’s pointed out to us or after we see it in the mirror we take corrective action. We clean up, wash, or fix what for some is an embarrassing moment. But what about that soulish part? What about the guilt? What about what we cannot see with our physical eyes? What mirror can we use to see our soul? How can we see what God sees when He looks into our souls? That is what we would like to look at today.

In order to get this picture we need to understand that our human flesh is bound to sin. This is why we need Christ who reconciled us to our Father by taking our past, present, and future sins and putting them on Himself at the cross. If we believe in him and who he is – the only begotten son of God, and accept his payment for our sins, then we can invite Him to come and live in our hearts and his sacrifice pays our penalty. We are no longer guilty of sin because Jesus paid the debt on our behalf. Now His Spirit guides and teaches us all things, and His Word which is our blueprint for living will judge the thoughts and intent of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12).

In the book of Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) it says, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is.” Go ahead and read the following verse for yourself. In the New Testament Jesus spoke to His disciples and told them this in Mark 7:20-23 (NLT), “And he added, It is what comes from inside you that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”

We are confident that there is not a living soul who hasn’t been through several of these in their lives and if you think you’ve bypassed murder then try reading 1 John 3:15. We are not talking biological siblings either. The question we need to ask ourselves is, can we look in a physical mirror and see these things in our hearts? If we can look in the mirror to see if our hair is undone then fix it, if we can look in the physical mirror to see some of our lunch on the side of our mouth then clean it, if we can look in our physical mirror and see that after a long day at work or working in our yard we need a shower, then what about what is within us? How can we look inside of us? If we have a mirror to see the external, is there a mirror for the internal? It is true that what is happening on the inside will reflect on the outside. Remember some of us have at one time or the other walked around with food on our face unware, hair undone unaware.

The Bible teaches us that His Word is our mirror for what is within us. The same way we trust what we see in the mirror to cleanse and fix (corrective action) what is necessary, it is the same way we trust what the Word says about us and take corrective action if something is wrong. This mirror is far more effective once you reach a place where the Word of God becomes an authority in your life. If you haven’t reached that place then you will be deceived believing the mirror is cracked or that it doesn’t give a good reflection of you. Once you trust what you see in the mirror (His Word) then the cleansing and sanctification (separated for good use) begins. His Word is our cleansing portion even if we sin with our bodies.

1 John 1:19 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” After looking in this mirror and understanding that confessing my sins is the corrective action, then believing what I just read is trusting what the mirror said He will do. Confessing my sins and not believing that He will forgive me will cause me to walk still guilty of my sins.

In other words if you see something in Scripture that discribe a sin, whether it’s active or inactive, we need to repent of it and move on. Believe what God said about us, what’s wrong with us, and how to fix the problem. Jesus did not came to condemn us, but rather to save us from the wrath of God to come. If you’re wondering what that looks like just look at the body of Jesus on the cross. Read Isaiah 53. That was meant for us, but thanks be to God, Jesus took our place so that we don’t have to experience that if we put our trust on Him.

Some may wonder, “How can words just cleanse us? I really don’t understand.” The reason is because they are not just words. They are God’s Words design to warn us, protect us, change us. It is a weapon to be used against our enemy, Satan. God’s Words are divine in nature.

This is what we find in Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NIV), “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

And you thought you could never change. According to the above verse He is the one changing you. Still not convinced? How about Ephesians 5:25-27 (NIV), “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Can you see the purpose of the cleansing even as it relate to husbands and wives?

We can only pray and hope that mankind doesn’t wait until Jesus’ return to take a shower or bath. We hope that the few Words of God in this blog is sufficient to begin a cleansing process in your lives.

As for us, despite our trials and tribulations it is always refreshing to read, John 15:3 (NIV), “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” We may not always feel that way, but when we look in the mirror of God’s Word, there can be no denying it.

Let us show you how to recognize who you are in God’s Mirror. Email us today at info@fruitbearers.com.

Fruitbearers Outreach Ministry