August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”
– Hebrews 10:22 (KJV) –
There are times when we want to draw near to God but are reluctant to do so. We know God is pure and He is holy. During our pursuit of purity, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us areas in our lives that are neither pure nor holy. We feel estranged from God and helpless to find our way back.
We consider the thoughts of our minds and the intent of our hearts and find wickedness. There is no purity or holiness there. It is then we hear the lies of the enemy and begin despair.
Now we must decide which path to take. Do we believe the lies of the enemy that can only result in depression and sadness or do we obey the Lover of our souls and run into His arms.
We must remember that we could not know that our hearts and minds are wicked if God did not reveal it to us. If He did not want us to see it, we would not know it.
The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. A faithful friend would tell you of a behavior in your life that needs to be confronted. The Holy Spirit, who is far more than a faithful friend, does this as well. It is not to condemn us, but to set us free. We cannot conquer a thing until we confront it. And, we are not left to confront it in our own power.
We are encouraged that through Jesus, we can ‘draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.’
We cannot cleanse our own hearts nor wash our bodies with pure water, but God can and God will if we run to Him in full assurance that He is able.