I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that when I take the time to kneel down in a quiet place in the morning, and then again in the evening, and spend time with the Lord, by reading his word, and by praying to him, that something amazing happens. All of a sudden, I am in touch with heaven! And it is real … real … real! So powerful is this experience, that I just want to be there, I just want to be in the Lord’s presence ‘day and night’ as we read in Psalm 1:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
Of course, coming into God’s presence like this first requires that you be cleansed, for you are approaching a holy God. How does one ‘get cleansed’ before coming into God’s presence? The Bible explains that that is done through the washing with Christ’s precious blood. Speaking of Christians, the Bible says, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14) If you have not yet put your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, therefore, that is the very first step to take so that you can be in ‘communion’, or ‘fellowship’, with your creator. Speaking of Jesus, John the Baptist said, “This is the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) It is through Jesus that our sins are forgiven. It is through Jesus that we can approach God with confidence, having been cleansed by his precious blood.
The blood of Jesus Christ then cleanses us. We are made clean by his blood — that is, on account of what Jesus did in dying for us on the cross. It is literally the forgiveness that comes through the shedding of his precious blood that cleanses us. At the moment that we are ‘born again’, or ‘born from above’, in the terms of John chapter 3, we receive this cleansing. That is something that happens when we repent of our sins, and put our faith in him. It is really that simple. We are made new. We are made whole. We are made complete. We are a completely ‘new creature’ in the terms of 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Positionally, at the time that we receive Christ as Lord and Savior, we are forever cleansed and made new. We are accepted as a precious, beloved, child of God. We are eternally his and we are secure. We have nothing to fear, in this regard. Jesus said that no one is able to snatch us out of his hands, in John chapter 10. We can rest assured in the fact that once we have come to Christ, he will never leave us nor forsake us, as we read in the book of Hebrews.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
But our consciences are not always cleansed. We stray sometimes from the truth. Worldly pleasures attempt to ‘tug’ at us, in order to try to weaken our commitment to the Savior. We battle with dark forces that attempt to dissuade us. Daily, we need to be renewed in our minds and in our hearts and in our emotions. We are in a real spiritual war. There is a secondary cleansing, therefore, that needs to take place. That is the cleansing of our conscience. In order to be cleansed in our conscience, and truly ‘make contact’ with heaven, we must spend time daily with the Lord, otherwise the forces around us will play havoc with us, whether we like it or not. Even if we do everything ‘just right’, we will still be affected by these forces.
In the Bible, we read that, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) Again, we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I have personally discovered that spending time with God daily in his word, and in prayer, is an excellent way to both begin and end the day, and makes for the outworking of this ‘cleansing’ process to occur in a very practical, realistic, way.
Are you cleansed today? Do you feel assured and satisfied before the Lord? Is there anything bothering you that is not resolved yet? Are there any issues of unforgiveness that need to be dealt with? Is there anything in your life that you would like to see made better? How about your children? How are they doing? Are they fully protected from the enemy’s attacks? Have you prayed over them and made sure that all the ‘holes’ and ‘cracks’ in the wall are sealed shut, so to speak?
These things can be, and should be, and will be, thoroughly addressed before the Lord in prayer as you spend time before him in a daily, regular, methodical, consistent, day and night, fashion. You will be the better off for it. Life, in fact, will take a great turn for the better, and if the fire has begun to dim in you at all, it shall be lit back up again, and burn with full force, as the Spirit of the Lord takes off in your life once again.
Get back to his word. Get a fresh, unmarked Bible, and open it up at page one. Commit yourself to spending a half hour in the morning minimum, and a half hour in the evening, minimum, and see what happens. Get a pen in hand, and don’t be afraid to mark up your Bible and jot down notes that the Lord gives you as your study his word. Pray over the needs of others, and your own needs. Get back in the word once again, and see what happens. Just see. You will be amazed.