Lesson 7 - True Cleansing

  

Psalms 119:9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.

If we are seeking His will and endeavoring to keep a clean line of communication through prayer, we will keep His Word in the center of our heart. This will be accomplished without effort on our part because this is completed by the Holy Spirit through grace. One of the most pleasing things that God loves His children to say back to Him—is His Word.

Psalms 116:6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

As we develop and mature, we begin to understand the value of the Word of God. We realize the life that it brings to us. Have you ever noticed that as we look around at those who have longevity in their walks with the LORD, they all seem young and full of life, even though they may have many years under their belts? The Lord will preserve us. (Psalms 31:23; Psalms 97:10; Psalms 119:50; Psalms 145:20; Proverbs 2:8)

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

In these verses, Paul has written a prayer for us to learn. This prayer is not a charm or talisman but an example to follow in regards to the attitude of our hearts.

Notice the first thing Paul does from the heart is to bow it before the LORD. He bows his knees to the Father and then gives praise and thanksgiving to the LORD. He is the Creator and the Ruler of all things and deserves our whole worship.

The next thing Paul states is that God would grant to us according to the riches of His glory. How rich is the glory of God? We know that it has weight. 2 Corinthians 4:17 "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory ..."  So how much do you think it is worth? Priceless! It is a gift from God to us to share and give back to Him. The glory of God is seen and testified of by all who surround us as we learn to walk in Him. It causes praise and thanksgiving to be heard throughout the land. It causes trust to be seen in the unseen and faith to be displayed through the invisible. It gives hope to be had in the impossible and love to be given to the unlovable.

Paul’s strength, as does ours, comes from the Holy Spirit, not from within us or from what we do. It is located in our inner man, not in our muscles. It needs to be of the heart, not of the brain. It needs to be of Him, not of us. Zechariah 4:6, “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts.’”

Christ needs to have a dwelling place within us. It needs to be at the center of our being—not at the top or at the bottom, not on a bookshelf, or in a computer. He needs to be treasured within our hearts. This is all accomplished through faith, and this faith roots us and grounds us in love in Him for eternity. We are now able to see the four dimensions of love in our three dimensional existence. We are told that love is deep, high, long, and wide. Do we believe this? Do we appropriate this truth to those who are difficult and tough to love? This is why love is so hard to figure out. For instance, why does God love us so much? Were we worth it before He saved us and redeemed us? How much does He get in return for His buck? Not much bang, is there? Yet, He found it worth everything to purchase us and to see us learning this. We are in Him now; therefore, we are priceless to the Father of heaven! This is why it is unknowable. We will never figure out why He loves us so much, even though we will spend eternity with Him because of it.

Lastly, Paul tells us that we are filled with all the fullness of God. He is fully within us, as well as everywhere at the same time. We are completely in Him and He is completely in us. Now it’s easy for us to consider our being in Him when we think of His omnipresence, but it twists and stretches our minds a little to think of His being completely inside of us, let alone fully dwelling within our hearts.