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Christ’s power to cleanse from sin – Part 2

By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
26 June 2022   |   2:37 am
To be forgiven and cleansed from moral pollution and unrighteousness, we must confess and forsake our sins. We must pray the penitent’s prayer and be cleansed from the sin that has defiled us

Pastor W. F. Kumuyi

To be forgiven and cleansed from moral pollution and unrighteousness, we must confess and forsake our sins. We must pray the penitent’s prayer and be cleansed from the sin that has defiled us.

Confession precedes cleansing. If God is going to cleanse, forgive and make us whiter than snow, then, we must confess our sins. God will not forgive or cleanse unconfessed sins. It is the broken and contrite heart that receives pardon, salvation and restoration from God. Confession and forsaking of sin go together. Where there is deep grief and sorrow for sin, there will be no continued attachment to that same sin. If you hate something, you will not remain attached to it.

Victory over sin with a transparent life will follow acceptable confession and prayer. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The Lord wants genuine and sincere confession. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” into forgiveness and a relationship with Him. You may be a believer, but like Isaiah, if there are some things in your life that God is not happy with, things that you will not want those close to you to know about, pray for cleansing from such habits.

Christ has promised to cleanse us from sin and His promise is backed up by His power.  The Lord did not promise what He is not willing to do. What He has promised may seem unattainable, but He is able to perform them. Hence, we should not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief. Like Abraham, we should be strong in faith believing that He will perform what He has promised – total cleansing and freedom from sin.

God wants us to be holy, humble, gentle, tender and obedient to His Word. Hardness of the heart hinders implicit obedience to the Word of God. But He says: “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”

The blood of Jesus is able to cleanse, purge and purify us, and enable our lives to be well-pleasing in His sight. God has the power; all we need to do is to submit and surrender unto Him for cleansing. If we are not cleansed or living the victorious Christian life, it shows that we have not claimed the promise, trusted the Lord, relied on His promise or received the power that is able to break the influence of sin in our lives. To get to heaven, our sins must be purged and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Then, we accept the sacrifice Christ has made for our redemption, make Jesus our Lord and Saviour and receive the power to live a righteous life.

Further reading (King James Version): Matthew 15:16-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Psalm 51:1-10,12,17; Isaiah 1:15-20; James 4:4,8-10; 1 John 1:9; 2 Corinthians 6:17,18; 7:1; Psalm 19:12,13; Isaiah 6:1-7; Ezekiel 36:25,26; Luke 1:72-75; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 1:7; 2 Peter 1:3,4; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 7:9-14.

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