THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH CAN CLEANSE YOUR HEART FROM SIN
The Lord Jesus is ready and able to cleanse your heart from its sin, to conquer these sins by His entrance into it, and to set you free. Are you ready to become free of the sins that are keeping you in bondage? There is no better time than now to except the promise of hope that God is offering you. Now listen up and understand what God is saying to you, “I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot handle them now. However, when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He will not draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I have said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’ (John 16:12-15 MSG)
The Lord gave first the promise, I will cleanse you. Then he gave the second promise, I will put My Spirit within you. The Holy Spirit cannot come with power or fill the heart and continue to dwell in it, unless a special and complete cleansing first takes place within it.
The Spirit and sin are engaged in a mortal combat. The only reason why the Spirit works so feebly in the Church is sin, which is all too little known or dreaded or cast out. Men do not believe in the power of Christ to cleanse; and, therefore, He cannot do His work of baptizing with the Spirit.
It is from Christ that the Spirit comes and to Christ the Spirit returns again. It is the heart that gives Christ liberty to exercise dominion in it that will inherit the full blessing.
My Friends, if you have done what has been suggested and believed in Jesus as the Lord that cleanses you, be assured that God will certainly fulfill His Word: “I will cleanse you and put My Spirit within you.” Cleave to Jesus, who cleanses you. Let Him be all within you. God will see to it that you are filled with the Spirit.
Do not be surprised if your heart does not at once feel as you would like it to feel immediately after your act of surrender. Rest assured that if you present yourself to God as a pure vessel, cleansed by Christ, to be filled with the Spirit, God will take you at your word and say unto you: “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22). He will manifest it to you more gloriously than ever before.
Keep in mind the purpose for which the Spirit is given. God said He would put His Spirit within you and cause you to walk in His statutes and keep His judgments and do them. The fullness of the Spirit must be sought and received with the direct aim that you will now simply and wholly live to do God’s will and work on the earth. Yes, you will be able to live like the Lord Jesus and to say with Him: “Lo! I come…to do thy will” (Hebrews 10:7).
If you cherish this disposition, the fullness of the Spirit may be positively expected. Be full of courage and yield yourself to walk in God’s statutes and to keep His judgments and do them, and you may trust God to keep His Word that He will cause you to keep and do them. He, the living God, will work in you. Even before you are aware how the Spirit is in you, He will enable you to experience the full blessing.
Have you been seeking for a long while without finding the fullness of the Spirit? Here you have at last the sure method of winning it. Acknowledge the sinfulness of your condition as a Christian and make renunciation of it once and for all by yielding it up to God. Acknowledge that the Lord Jesus is ready and able to cleanse your heart from its sin, to conquer these sins by His entrance into it, and to set you free.
Take Him now as your Lord, at once and forever. Be assured that He will do it. Permit Him to begin and let Him do it in you now.
Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.