I started this blog with the word “clean” on my mind. We have been busy cleaning inside and out lately. Our house. A friend’s house. It is not easy work, especially when it is hot. However, the end product is definitely beneficial.
When I started looking for verses about clean, I found many. The list is quite long. Most of them we have probably heard before…
Psalm 51:12 (in most translations it is verse 10) Create in me a clean heart, God; renew in me a resolute spirit.
James 4:8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people!
The list could go on…
Then I read these verses in Ezekiel. Reading the prophets used to be difficult. When I began to understand Israel in a new light, they became more real to me. The verses listed below are amazing promises from Adonai to His people. They can become very real for us today too.
Ezekiel 36:24-27 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you from all the countries, and return you to your own soil. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them.
Read these words with a NEW heart and a RENEWED mind. When we TRUST Him we can KNOW that His Promises are REAL.
He is going to take care of His people. As I have been reading through Matthew (blogs are written almost daily), I realize more and more that He is going to send His angels to remove the evil. At some point, we will be clean. New bodies. The evil gone. The initial promise to this is from the prophets.
I know I am excited to be a part of ALL He has planned. I look forward to the day when He brings ALL His Promises to LIFE. Until then, I want to walk with a clean heart and new mind. I want to be so in touch with Him that I have His Spirit to walk with and lead me.
May we daily cleanse our minds, wills and emotions from any junk that doesn’t belong. May we find HIS peace in all that we do.