SOAP & WATER.

THE TV COMMERCIALS BLARE, PROCLAIMING THE ‘NEW IMPROVED CLEANSER WITH FORTIFIED OXYGEN ENHANCED ENZYMES WITH STAIN REMOVNG POWER’. WE FIND THE GROCERY AISLES ARE PACKED WITH SOAPS, CLEANSERS, DETERGENTS AND BLEACHES. FROM HAND SOAP TO LAUNDRY SOAP TO TOILET BOWL CLEANSERS TO GLASS CLEANERS TO SHAMPOOS, THERE IS PRODUCT MADE FOR EVERY CHORE. THE ADVERTISING CLAIMS OF THE AMAZING JOBS THESE SOAPS WILL DO. EACH SOAP OR CLEANSER IS MANUFACTURED FOR ALL OF OUR NOT SO CLEAN LIVES.

THESE SOAPS AND CLEANSERS CAN CLEAN UP THE DIRT AND GRIME WE CREATE. WE CAN SCRUB AND POLISH OUR BODIES, HOMES, CARS AND LAUNDRY. A BOTTLE OF THIS OR THAT AND A LITTLE EFFORT AND THINGS CAN LOOK CLEAN AGAIN.

SO MUCH FOR THE DIRT ON OUR OUTSIDE. WHAT ABOUT THE DIRT INSIDE US? HOW CAN YOU CLEAN THE STAINS AND DIRT OF SIN INSIDE YOU? WE OFTEN COMPARE OUR SINS TO OTHERS. PROCLAIMING; I AM NOT AS BAD AS SO AND SO OR ELEVATING OURSELVES BY THE ‘GOOD’ THINGS WE DO. ARE YOU MORE CONCERNED WITH YOUR OUTWARD ‘CLEANLINESS’ TO OTHERS THAN BEING SPIRITUALLY CLEAN TO GOD?

SO HOW DO WE CLEAN UP OUR INSIDE…OUR HEART AND SOUL? GOOD ACTIONS START WITH GOOD THOUGHTS. START WITH BLOCKING OUT THE EVIL AND CONDEMNING THOUGHTS.

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION IS OUR PUBLIC PROCLAMATION OF OUR ACCEPTING JESUS’ WASHING AWAY OF OUR SINS. BUT, IT TAKES MORE THAN WATER, IT TAKES FAITH AND DEVOTION TO A GODLY LIFESTYLE. SO, PUT AWAY THE SOAPS AND CLEANSERS AND REACH FOR YOUR BIBLE. BATHE IN GOD’S WORD.

JESUS WASHES AWAY ALL OF OUR SINS…WITH HIS FORGIVING LOVE. TRY HIS ‘SOAP AND WATER’!

“‘ALTHOUGH YOU WASH YOURSELF WITH SOAP AND USE AN ABUNDANCE OF CLEANSING POWDER, THE STAIN OF YOUR GUILT IS STILL BEFORE ME’, DECLARES THE SOVEREIGN LORD.” JEREMIAH 2:22 NIV

“AND NOW WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET UP, BE BAPTIZED AND WASH YOUR SINS AWAY, CALLING ON HIS NAME.” ACTS 22:16 NIV