JUNE 18: CLEAN AND SERENE

CLEAN AND SERENE
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 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. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and ye shall be My people and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the corn and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen."
Ezekiel 36:25-30
Today's Read: Ezekiel 36; Psalm 51
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And here we see the value of captivity:
In confining and "narrowing" the soul and placing it in dire straits (Babylon,) God breaks the idolatrous lust from His people (Israel) and corrects her wandering course.
Insisting upon her restoration and refusing to participate in her adulterous ways,
He breaks His people in order to remake a people.
He breaks His people that He might consecrate a people.
And it must be seen that God breaks His people but He never forsakes His people. 
It is out of the deepest love,
God lifts His people out of the deepest sin,
And returns them home again.
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The pattern of God with His people Israel is a repetitive one:
Cycles of sin followed by cycles of captivity.
Cycles of confession followed by cycles of communion.
Round and round in constant motion,
The two are in constant flux.
But it's always God who keeps the wheel moving and His people circling back to Him.
It's God who displays His committed, faithful love to an uncommitted, unfaithful people.
Israel is the mirror by which we see ourselves;
And God is a merciful, loving God in our "cyclic flux."
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It's easy to become disheartened by our sinful condition.
It's easy to become focused on our frailties.
It's easy to get lost in our laxness.
And it's easy to wonder whether God might forget us and forsake us in the midst of it all.
But He doesn't ...
Because He's God.
He catches us and may for a time, place us in a seeming period of captivity, but He does so only to captivate and enlarge the soul for more.
And when He has got it good and clean ...
He makes manifest His glory so the soul can see and reveals Himself to others in this way.
And the sinful one is pardoned,
 By the sinless One.
The faithless one is forgiven,
 By the faithful One.
Clean and Serene;
Fresh water on the soul.
The blood of Christ cleanses and makes us whole.
A heart of flesh.
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"Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18
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Three Study Considerations:
1) The Scripture brings healing and cleansing; it is God's word to us.
Read it and be washed in it.
John 17:17
2) If you have confessed your sin, Christ has forgiven your sin.
Live in the wonder of it.
1 John 1:9
3) Celebrate your life in Christ in some tangible way this day.
Clean and Serene.
It's what you are; it's who you are ...
 Because of Christ.