Matthew 23:25-26 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.”
Some people try so hard to look so clean and perfect on the outside; trying to play the part and put on a show for the whole world to see that ‘they’ are pious. Putting in that ‘extra effort’ which results in them being seen as upright and holy in the sight of man. But God reveals all, and all comes out in the wash when He establishes it to be so. Yet on the inside their souls are full of sin; greed, self indulgence, pride, self ambitions, etc… failing to realize that their hypocrisy has ended in their bones rotting as they slowly drift into a path of becoming white washed tombs.
But all are warned, and given a way of escape from this destructive path. By truly cleansing and purifying our inner being, so too will our outer being become so. When we truly set our hearts on God and His word, He will cleanse us of all iniquity as we take the first steps of putting on our new man. He then walks with us on that journey of sanctification until our days end, and forevermore. We are then seen as perfect, because God sees the Christ in us rather than the sin in us.
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me, Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me…˝
This is my prayer; that I may not be a hypocrite, and that I may not put to shame or mock the word of God by becoming an actor or pretender. But that You may protect me from this vain and vile way of life. And may You create and form and mold a clean heart and spirit within me, erasing all iniquity and defilement. Help me to live a life of righteousness that will glorify You in Your sight and not in the sight of man. I so desperately need your mercies and grace Lord. And may you help me be made holy and pure for the rest of my days, for they are fleeting away like a vapor
“….The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” …” – ESV / Commentary
“…For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do…” – ESV / Commentary
“…Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…” Isaiah 28:18a
“…therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’…” – ESV / Commentary
“…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed…” – ESV / Commentary
Faithful in the Small Thinks
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A message from Pastor Greg Laurie – host of Harvest America 2012;
“On one of my recent trips to tell people about Harvest America, a woman named Carol invited me to their home and told me that three years ago the Lord spoke to her heart and asked her if she was willing to be obedient to Him in small things. She said, “Yes Lord.” So the Lord instructed her to pick up a penny off the street and she obeyed.
Thus began three years of obedience in small things. In those three years, she was not told what to do with the money she was saving…until just a few weeks ago. She said that when I contacted her to tell her about Harvest America, the Lord told her that this is what her obedience is to be used for!…..” Continue Reading the rest Here.
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“…The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance…” – ESV / Commentary
“…The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him…” – ESV / Commentary
“…Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth…” – ESV / Commentary