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RINSED BUT NOT CLEAN

ďAnd from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.Ē

Revelation 1: 5, 6 King James Version

I have been sick with the flu for the last six days and I was unable to do any housework because I was so dizzy that I felt like I was going to fall. I did manage to rinse off the dishes that I used for my soup but they were not clean. Yesterday was the first day that I felt good all day so I knew that I wasnít sick any longer. Last night as I was washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen the thought came to me that unless Jesus washes us with His blood from our sins we are still dirty. We can give all our money to the poor and do kind things for people but we are still dirty and lost in our sins until the precious blood of our risen Saviour has been applied to our hearts.

I prayed the sinnerís prayer during the invitation time one Sunday morning many years ago when I was a teenager and I was baptized that night but nothing had changed in my heart or in my life. I was still a rebellious teenager and disobedient to my parents. I was still full of anger and hatred for everyone. I deliberately did things to upset my parents because I resented the way they treated me. I knew something was wrong so I was baptized four more times but I still didnít have His peace in my heart.

It wasnít until August 14, 1980, the day that I finally came with a humble and broken heart to the foot of the cross and accepted Jesus into my heart to be my personal Saviour that I finally felt clean and had His peace in my heart. So I was baptized again because the other times I was baptized didnít mean anything. We must have the precious blood of Jesus applied to our hearts before we are baptized otherwise we go down in the water a dirty sinner and come up a clean sinner. Only the blood of Jesus can wash away all of our sins. The reason why I didnít have peace in my heart and still felt dirty all those years is because I had made a verbal and head commitment to Jesus but I had never allowed Him to wash me in the cleansing fountain of His atoning blood from the filth of my sins.

Have you been washed in the precious atoning and redeeming blood of the Christ of Calvary? Did you mean it when you asked Jesus to forgive you and cleanse you from your sins or were you just repeating a prayer that you had heard? Unless you meant it and really accepted Him into your heart and allowed Him to wash you in His blood, you are still lost in your sins and you will spend all eternity apart from Jesus. Be sure that His redeeming blood has been applied to your heart and that you didnít just make a verbal commitment to Him.

I have a friend and her husband is a pastor. This dear lady has taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, played the organ, taught Bible School and has also taught a womanís class in her home for sixteen years. One Sunday when her husband gave the invitation the Holy Spirit convicted her and she realized that she had never invited Jesus into her heart. She had said all the right things and done all the right things but she was still lost in her sins and had Jesus come back for us she would have been left behind.

Today, I urge you; I plead with you to search your heart. This is the most important decision that you will ever make, a decision that will determine if you spend eternity with satan or with Jesus. For those of you who have never asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and wash you in His atoning blood, there is no better time than right this minute. Jesus is waiting for you with His arms open wide and His heart filled with love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and tenderness. Donít miss out on spending eternity with Jesus. Say ďyesĒ to Him today before it is too late!

Joanne Lowe
June 20, 2007

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