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Bleach
Friday, July 5, 2024 by Rick Stockwell

Bleach

 

READ Proverbs 20:5-9

“Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?’”

- Proverbs 20:9 (NIV)

One morning, I was surprised to discover how shiny our chrome bathtub drain cover had become. The bleach I’d sprayed along the tub’s caulked edges a few minutes earlier had dribbled downward onto the drain cover, stripping away the grime. I hadn’t even realized it was dirty.

Likewise, if we fail to read the Bible consistently, our minds can become spiritually dirty without us becoming aware of it. Under the control of Satan (1 John 5:19), the world creeps in little by little, filling us with various notions contrary to God’s Word, causing us to drift away from the Lord’s best for our lives.

While bleach can wash away the outside grime, only God’s Word can cleanse the inside. A daily sprinkling of His truth will convict us of sin, quicken us to repent, make us clean, and restore us to right fellowship with him (1 John 1:9).

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18).

 

Prayer: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me…” (Psalm 139:23-24). Amen.

 

Prayer Focus:  PERSONAL HOLINESS

 

Rick Stockwell

Rick Stockwell is employed as an IT Program Manager. He teaches Sunday school for kindergartners, is an elder at his church, and is the author of two Christian novels. He's been married for thirty-four years, and has two children and five grandchildren.


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