Let God Cleanse You
- Date: January 4, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
- From Great Faith
When the leper came before the Lord (Matthew 8:2) one of the first things he did was drop on his knees to worship Him. Let me ask you a question. When you approach God for anything that you need in your life are you prostrate? If not physically, there's no merit to being physically on your face, or dropping on your knees and bowing down. I'm talking about an attitude of heart. Do you recognize your neediness? Do you recognize His authority, His majesty? Or do we come to Him, as many have taught, as though He owes us? The "command ye Me Scripture" where you take God by the lapels and say, "Your Word says it, so You are obligated." That's a spirit of adolescence. That's the spirit of the prodigal son as he left, but he came home in the proper attitude; didn't he. "Give me what's mine," then he went and squandered it. When he came back he recognized his father for who he really was. He left as an equal and came back as a servant. It's amazing how we see ourselves in adolescence. When he returned, he humbled himself.
It's very interesting when this leper came before the Lord, "And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be you clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed" (Matthew 8:2-3). We see that attitude. We were talking on Wednesday about the spirit of humility in which we need to come to Jesus. Even when the promise is there for us and we know that it's rightfully ours as sons, no son who loves his father, respects his father, and sees his father's majesty, comes as an equal and makes a demand. He's not the author of that; he's the recipient. The son is always the debtor. As we come into the presence of God with a spirit of humility, what father doesn't want to lavish upon his child all that's in his hands? We talked about our need of coming in a spirit of humility and recognizing ourselves as the unprofitable servants in awe with thanksgiving. That creates an environment.
The question was asked, "If thou wilt?" Jesus said, "I will." We saw the heart of God and His desire to minister to the human condition, the consequences of sin. In this case it was physical sin, this leprosy that was on him. It was the leprosy that caused him to be exiled, to be a cast out in society. The accessibility of Jesus right there! No one would allow a leper to come close to them, must less touch them. Aren't you glad that Jesus is accessible? We see the final, legal position that we have as the righteousness of God; we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. When we sin, that sin is defilement and yet He gives us complete access. In 1 John, He says, if any man sins let him confess his sin (Chapter 2, verse1). Come before Me in all your uncleanness and "…He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us…" (Chapter 1, verse 9). That means that you are dirty when you come.
There are people who say, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ and I am never defiled again. God always sees me as clean." I want to tell you something, 1 John says that when you come before him and you've committed a sin, you're a Christian who's committed a sin, you're dirty. He cleanses you from all your unrighteousness. Aren't you glad that He still invites us in when we're dirty? But we leave His presence clean! If we don't have that attitude, we're not creating an environment of humility. We're not creating an environment where we can come, receive forgiveness, and receive cleansing of our leprosy. Don't think that you have rights. Receive grace. Come and let God cleanse you!