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November 19, 2017

Are Your Hands Clean?

Sunday Morning Podcast November 19, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT:PSALMS 24:1-10  

1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Who will enter the temple or presence of God?  He that hath spiritually clean hands. “Hands” that symbolize a life acceptable to God.  God doesn’t accept “the hands” that are used to live a life of vanity or “uncleanness.”  For the “world’s hands” (or a life lived for the flesh), is of a life of vanity.  Vanity is not going help you both stand before the world, and also be accepted by God.  A life without offense, that God approves, is not one of emptiness and disobedience, but full with His presence.  A life of sin, is a life that’s “hands” cannot be in God’s holy presence.  Our spiritual life must be one that is everyday consistent with God’s holy leadership.  A life that seeks God’s help and wisdom.  A life of obedience is one that is saved, and cleansed out of sin.

The greatest threat to the Christian life, is to live according to their own wisdom, rather than one consistent with everyday obedience to God’s holy Word.  Fully surrendered.  A Christian’s human wisdom is not one that will please God acceptably.  God often ask more of us than we humanly would choose or discern to do.  Only God sees the traps and tricks the Devil would lead us into.  Traps that would get us off the path of godly living.  It starts out looking innocent enough, but the flesh’s wisdom soon would have any Christian losing the way of the “clean hands” of being centered, and anchored on God’s pure word.  A life starting to take on negative attitudes against one that they feel wronged by.  Counting even another brother and sister of the Lord, as their “enemies” because of problems that can rise between them.  A path of unclean hands.

Our own decisions regarding life’s matters, leaves out God’s plan for us.  Even to deter from it in a small amount, begins to take on a life of  unclean choices, though it can at first seem innocent.  Choosing our own ideas of conversation, dress, and actions.  “Clean hands” will require of us our complete submission to Jesus.  He has walked and lived the life before us.  He is our example.  In our attitudes,  actions, words, dress, and etc.   God is in control of our destiny, although we affect that by our choices.   Is our outward standard of everyday living and dress, consistent with the one we demonstrate in church worship?   Luke 18:15-17, tells of Jesus instructing that unless we come as little children, we can “in no wise enter” His kingdom.  We cannot receive Salvation, without a humble heart.  A humble heart to love truth, and others as our self.  To have a pure heart.  Holiness is the center of God’s children’s lives.  Clean hands.

“Are Your Hands Clean? “