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Soul Cleansing

Have you ever heard the saying, “Confession is good for the soul?” Well, there’s actually a lot of truth behind that statement. God’s Word strongly encourages us to confess. He asks us to first confess that Jesus is Lord, promising that if we do so we will indeed be saved. He goes on to encourage us to confess our sins, promising to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Forgiveness is instantaneous, but purification is an on-going process.

If you’re anything like me, and since you’re human I have a feeling you are, you frequently come face-to-face with the fact that your purification process is not complete. Not long after the glorious sun rises and your feet hit the floor as you get out of bed, you are smacked with the realization that your attitude still needs some serious tweaking, your mind needs cleansing, your mouth needs to be washed out. Don’t fret, all hope is not lost. God never goes back on His promises—He said He’s forgiven us, and He has, and He does. He promised to purify us, and He most certainly will. He knows our fleshly weaknesses and He’s not done with us yet. You can confidently come before Him, pour out your heart and confess. Ask Him to help you surrender to the work He’s doing inside. Thank Him for His mercy and forgiveness, and His continual soul cleansing.

(An excerpt from my book “Confidence and Crowns: Devotions for a Daughter of the King.”)

Romans 10:9-11, “If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

God’s mercy compels us to pursue righteousness daily—it is not a license to continue in sin and abuse God's grace. Habitual sin no longer has a place in our lives. Gratitude helps define our choices going forward. Our refining process won’t be complete until we’re in Jesus’ presence. Until that day, we press onward with the hope of pleasing the Lord.

Let the light of God's holiness shine bright through your life!


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