Friday, August 16, 2013

Be Clean!

 1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
 2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
 3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
 4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 
(Matthew 8:1-4, King James Version)

Be Clean!

Our Bible passage today from Matthew 8 is a sterling example of the power manifested in the words of Christ. As Jesus was coming down from the mountain, a leper came to Him saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." How did Jesus respond?
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean.
We are told that immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Because we are so ingrained in our surroundings, it is hard for us to fathom what actually happened. We tend to focus on what we can see around us, and what we can scientifically understand. We simply do not have the ability to understand the great power in Jesus words: "Be clean." He spoke and the leper was totally cleansed.

We should not really be surprised. After all, this is Jesus, our Creator God. From Genesis 1, we learn that He spoke: "Let there be light," and there was light. Just His simple words made the dry land appear, the plants spring forth, the sun appear in the sky, the birds and fish appear on the land and sea, and the animals appear in all their diversity. How can that be? This is the God we serve, and this is the same God who came as the God Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, to save a people for Himself.

It is true that we are dull of mind, and slow to understand the great truths of God's Word. We live as children of God with weak faith and poor sight that often does not envision the great things God can and will do on our behalf. We live as though what we see before us is all that exists.

Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that this is not true. There is more than what our eyes can see or than what our ears can hear. We know that there is a heavenly host surrounding us, working on our behalf. We also know that Satan and his minions are also there, circumventing our every move. Yet this Jesus, who said, "Be clean!" is our Savior, our protector, our helper, and our advocate. Though all of the forces of evil may seem to oppose us, we are never removed from our precious Lord and Savior.

Let us, then, take up the mantle that God has given to us, and go forth boldly, for He that is on our side is more powerful than all of the forces of evil. Let us live this day for the honor and glory of God, proclaiming His grace and mercy, not only by our words, but through our actions as well.

Let us remember that nothing we face, whether great blessings or great tragedies have come to us apart from the will of God. Though He does not always prevent evil from falling upon us, He never leaves us to fend for ourselves. Satan may throw his fiery darts upon us, but through Christ, our shield of faith will deflect those arrows. Let us not grieve when the days are difficult, but, rather, let us lift up our eyes to heaven and rejoice that God is showing us His power manifested through the very trials we face.

As we are reminded by the words of Paul,
 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, King James Version)
Go, today, and may the power of Christ rest upon you!

God Bless You,
Linda





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