Failure to practice good hand washing hygiene is one of the main ways that sickness and germs are spread. Sadly, when we are not careful, the same is true in the spiritual world.
Many believers who are struggling with sin continue to touch unclean things, and refuse to Keep Clean Hands, and wonder why they aren’t delivered and set free; why they haven’t received complete healing.
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 (Psalm 24:3-5).
The CDC’s slogan is “Clean Hands Save Lives.” The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we as Believers endeavor to Keep Clean Hands, we are saved from the perils of sin and disobedience. You can become infected by the cold virus, without seeing any symptoms until days later. The same is true with sin. You may choose to dabble in sin today, and because nothing happens immediately, you think you got away; Not So!
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8).
Ever notice when you go to the doctor’s office or the hospital, especially during cold/flu season, there is usually a “Sick” waiting area, separating sick patients from those who are well, in hopes of the virus not spreading further; and those who present with symptoms of cold/flu are asked to wear a mask? Sometimes, ensuring that you Keep Clean Hands will require you to separate from some people. While the prayer is that they too stop touching unclean things; but if they don’t, you have to protect yourself, so that you don’t become infected again.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).
It is so important to stay away from those unclean things that once contaminated you. Once God cleanses you, it is up to you to stay clean. God knows that you aren’t perfect, so if you stumble and fall, repent and God will cleanse you and place you back in right standing with Him. Don’t continue in sin! Don’t stay down! Simply pray:
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:1-7).
So, That Settles It, draw near to God, and God will draw near to you. Wash your hands, purify your hearts; and no longer let your loyalty be divided between God and the world. Endeavor to Keep Clean Hands (James 4:8).