Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2012 March 7 - Morning Manna

"Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean" (John 13:6-11)

Today's Morsel: When the company who developed the cleaning solution "Mr. Clean" began to advertise their product, they came out with a neat little song that said, "Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute, Mr. Clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it." To me, Jesus is Mr. Clean. He drove out the money changers and those that sold things in the temple (John 2:13-16), He cast out the unclean spirits from the man in the tombs (Mark 5), and He cleanses us by His Word (Psalms 1119:9;John 15:3). Like Peter, many may think that they are clean and don't need Jesus to wash them. They don't realize that they are carrying bad attitudes, hurts, and unclean spirits. But as Jesus told Peter, "If I wash thee not, you have no part with me." The Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah, "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil"(Isaiah 1:16). If you will notice in scripture, before each river crossing, the children of Israel were required to sanctify themselves. They had to become clean. Jesus said that we are clean through the Word (John 15:3). The Word of God has cleansing powers. It’s stronger than Ajax, Comet, 409, and even Mr. Clean. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). It will get rid of the tough stains of sin. It will remove the hard areas where you just can’t seem to get into. It will get into the cracks in your mind and heart where you just can seem to get the dirt of the world out of. Now is the time to sanctify yourself because sin cannot enter there (heaven).

Sing: Are you washed in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are you garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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