Thu, 02/17/2011 - 11:27 -- Joyce Long

“Now are ye clean through the Word…” John 15:3

We should frequently pray, “Search me O, God and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me…” Then wait before the Lord and let the Holy Spirit reveal any sin that may be in our life. One particular night I knelt to pray and could not pray. Weeks earlier I had wronged someone and the Lord brought it to my attention. He impressed upon me to go to that person and ask forgiveness. I obeyed, and with confession, came cleansing. God want us to be clean vessels.

King David sinned grievously and did not confess his sin until confronted by Nathan the prophet. Nathan put it very bluntly, “Thou art the man.” All of us should have a Nathan who would kindly show us our blind spots so we can confess and be cleansed. Blind spots are the sins in our lives we fail to see. We’re not good at seeing ourselves as we really are.

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” When there is sin in our lives we may try to drown out the convicting voice of God’s spirit with noise. Try silence. If it reveals sin, confess it and be cleansed.

God brings cleansing into our lives with the tool of trials.

There is no oil without squeezing the olives.

No wine without pressing the grapes.

No fragrance without crushing the flowers.

No real cleansing without sorrow.

Are you presently being squeezed, pressed, or crushed? If so, it is a tool God is using to cleanse the dross from your life.

God needs your clean vessel.

~Elizabeth Lapp

Women's Devotional Image 2011-02-17 06:27