Already Clean?

Redding trees

His voice caught me off guard.  I wasn’t praying, I was just lying in bed this morning having just woken up.  It was a very soft, still voice that I could have easily missed… but I heard Him.  In an internal audible voice the Lord said, “Where are you drinking from?”

Of course I know the right answer to His question.  The right answer is to drink from Jesus Himself.  In John chapter 4 Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. But why was He asking me this?

It’s easy to know the right answer or say the right thing but a complete different thing to know that the right answer applies to your life.  Jesus wouldn’t have asked me that question unless I had been drinking from the wrong source.  And I had been.

It had really been a great week for me spiritually speaking.  I felt strong in the Lord and my faith the whole week!  I was keeping things simple and my focus steadfast on Him.  But the last two days I felt a spirit of doubt and unbelief poking at my thoughts.  I was trying my best not to agree with these thoughts but they kept coming.  As they kept coming I kept telling them no.  But it wore me out and I started getting stressed and worried about other external things.  I took my focus off of Jesus.

And then His question came, “Where are you drinking from?”

You see, one of the enemy’s most common attacks is to simply distract us.  He distracts us from the joy of Christ within us and draws our attention to burdensome external things.  As we lose our focus of Jesus and start drinking elsewhere we lose that close connection in our inner soul to the Spirit of God—the Spirit that gives you life.  As this happens we start unintentionally drawing off of other sources to give us life, but none of these sources satisfy.  And so, in this process once we realize we have lost connection with our Savior we decide we must do all that we can to quickly gain our connection back.  We start striving and working to gain back the connection through external activities.

But this thinking is wrong.  All we have to do is turn our focus back to Him.  God does the rest.  As long as we strive to work our way back to Him we remain distracted.

A little less than a year ago the Lord spoke a verse to me.  He said, you are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. (John 15:3) You know, at first… I didn’t believe Him.  I was in the middle of working to sanctify myself.  I was in the middle of a purification plan I had all worked out in my head and here Jesus was telling me I’m already clean.

This verse is right in the middle of Jesus telling the disciples about Him being the vine and how He wants His disciples to abide in the vine and bear fruit.  So why this verse right in the middle of all that? It’s because to abide in Jesus we have to believe what He says about us.  His word has to abide in us and this one statement I believe is possibly the hardest one for Christians to grasp.

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

Do you believe it?  It kinda messes up your sanctification plans doesn’t it?  What about that sin you’ve been struggling with? Nope, you’re already clean.   What about working really hard to be pure in heart so we will see God?  Guess what? You’re already clean!  I didn’t say it, Jesus did.  And He didn’t just say it.  He died for the right to be able to say it.

So believe it today and turn your focus back to the Lord.  He just wants to love on you today.  Any struggle you have with sin will be dealt with and cast off of you as He draws you closer to Him.   You see purification is not our job.  Our job is to keep our eyes on the Lord.  He does the rest.

May you all drink from His living water today in Jesus name!

 

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Already Clean?

  1. newcovenantofgrace

    I’ve been struggling with this myself; striving to ‘stay’ clean, beating myself up when I feel that I’ve failed. Some days go well, then others take a nose-dive. I love this: “And He didn’t just say it. He died for the right to be able to say it.” Thank you for this post.

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    1. Justin Post author

      We are usually so much harder on ourselves than The Lord ever is. I’ll be banging my head on the wall because I messed up but when I go to Jesus He just tells me He loves me. May The Lord bless you with abundant grace and understanding of His goodness!

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  2. Don

    Good to see John 4 applicable in our lives. Even at the end of the Bible we will be drinking. “Let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely” (Rev 22:17b). “Thirst” is not bad if it causes us to “come.”

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  3. nopew

    We are so easily distracted, relying on our microscopic human vision and not on the telescopic vision of the spirit that lets us look beyond into eternity. Oh, yes, God keeps the lens “clean”. Important spiritual reality you raise that needs to be repeated often as our microscopic memory keeps losing such important teaching.
    Thanks, with gratitude.

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  4. -flux-

    Love this entry.
    The gift of sanctification is beautiful, and not struggle with human standards we set up against ourselves.
    If only believers understand how much they are being forgiven.

    “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

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