Are You Clean?

God’s Word is Truly Powerful

There are several different directions our discussion of Ephesians 5:25-26 could take. Today, we are going to talk about God working through His Word to make us clean. I have seen His powerful Word at work in my own life. Are you clean?

Ephesians 5:25-26 (NIV)

Husbands love your wives 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.

Are We Powerless?

At one time, I was really struggling with a tendency toward a particular sin. I felt almost powerless against it and it seemed that eventually I would stop fighting and give into the temptation. Note: I used the words felt and seemed very intentionally here. We are NEVER powerless when it comes to temptation.  We always have a choice – ALWAYS!!

God’s Word is Powerful!

During the time of struggle I mentioned a minute ago, I joined a Bible Study group. We had five days of homework every week that took about an hour each day to complete. Due to the demands of the study, my time in God’s Word every day drastically increased for a period of about 3 months. Several weeks into the study, it occurred to me that I was no longer struggling with that temptation like I had been. The temptation would still occasionally cross my mind but the feeling of fear that I would eventually succumb to it was gone. God used His Word to clean that false neediness from my heart and gave me the wisdom to see more clearly.

Just for the record and to ease curiosity, the sin I spoke of was that I was seeking the praise and acceptance of people instead of seeking to please God. I was getting more and more consumed with what people thought of me.

Let’s go to the Verse:

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her…”

Certainly, Jesus loved us so much that He died for us, husbands are supposed to love their wives with this same intense sacrificial love.

“…to make her holy…”

Husbands are definitely supposed to be concerned with the walk their wives have with Christ. God made the husband the shepherd of the home and as the shepherd, he is to be leading by being a godly man and teaching his family to follow Christ.

“…cleansing her by the washing of water through the Word.”

As we spend time getting to know God through His Word, He sanctifies us – He cleans us up. It takes a lifetime, and, when we get to Heaven we will have been made perfect and ready for His presence at a whole new level!

We get to know Him by spending time in His Word. This is one very good way of pursuing a relationship with Him. If we desire to know Him, and we read and study, He will show Himself to us. The better we know Him and the more time we spend with Him, the more like Him we will become. He makes our hearts cleaner as we spend time with Him. Remember, the people we spend time with show up in us. If we hang out with people who are focused on the world and acquiring possessions, we will tend to be materialistic, too. Similarly, if we spend time in the presence of holiness, in God’s Word, in prayer, we will be more holy – because He makes us holy.

What an amazing God we serve!!!

Let’s Pray:

Thank You, Lord, for Your beautiful Word. I rejoice in the fact that You love us so much that You want us to know You and be like You. You wrapped us in the righteousness of Christ to make us worthy – because we had no worthiness of our own. Help us to please You with our lives every day. Help us to know You better and better so that we can be more and more like You. Thank You for using Your Word in our lives. Help us to grow in our love for You and Your Word. Help us live out our lives growing in You – for Your glory! Thank You, that we belong to You. Please make us completely Yours, body and soul. Help us to glorify You in all we do. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Go Deeper Today:

John 17:16-19

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