90 Days of Prayer Day Thirty-Seven
“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
Jesus begins this talk in verse one speaking about pruning. The Father he says, is always cleansing (pruning or cutting away) the branches that bear no fruit. He now tells them that they are “already” clean! I often wonder what they thought hearing Kingdom truths for the first time, in their many conversations with Jesus.
Of course Jesus was referring to the spiritual and moral cleansing that comes from receiving His words over and over again. This is a clear picture of the cleansing power of the gospel in the lives of all who hear and believe it!
The Cleansing Power of The Truth
“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you,” is the revelation of the gospel truth. The gospel message comes alive by the Holy Spirit, and it renews, cleanses, and set us apart for God’s use. The pruning idea is about cutting away the dead wood – anything in our life that doesn’t resemble Jesus! We’re constantly being transformed into His image by the truth, through the work of the Holy Spirit. (see 2 Cor. 3:18).
Imagine how this will transform your prayer life. How powerful is the Church in any generation, when we’re praying for the cleansing separating power of the truth over the lives of our family and friends! We’re praying for that separating cleansing power of God’s Word to be done on the earth as it is in Heaven! No more guilt or condemnation for us who come before God with these requests, because we’re already clean!
You’re Already Clean
You can trust that the Holy Spirit has already begun transforming your life. Keep in mind you have already been cleansed and set apart by the word spoken to you (the gospel). Jesus prayed for us when he prayed for his disciples; “they are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify (cleanse/separate) them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:16-17). He is “making you holy, cleansing you by the washing with water through the word, to present you to himself, radiant, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless!” (See Ephesians 5:26-27).
Believe in the cleansing power of God’s Word of truth in your life. Start thinking and speaking the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. You have already been set apart, to be guided and used by Him to help others. Believe that you are already clean, because Jesus says you are. Rest in the fact, that he who began this good work in you, will bring it to completion, and Be Encouraged! -JSP