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Saturday, September 6, 2014

If Your Body and Feet Are Clean, You're Ready to Work!


Greetings!

Last week, I wrote about the difference between the clean and unclean, and the different type of cleaning that each type of individual needs in the eyes of God. This week, I want to dive a little deeper into why I think Jesus cleaned only the feet of His apostles.

I was praying this week, and the Lord said, "Explain the significance of having clean feet!"

John 13:6-11 (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

By Jesus cleaning His disciples' feet, He was preparing them to put on an essential part of The Armor of God, before sending them into battle.

Often, people will travel around the world to do missionary work, and that is alright. Nevertheless, if you look down where your feet are already planted, there most likely is a need in your immediate community, or nearby neighborhood for a Godly mission!

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are some people who make grandiose plans to go into business---never thinking about the Lord's work.

James 4:13-15 (NIV)

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

When Jesus was washing the feet of His apostles, He was preparing them to have only one job and one mission---and that was to have their feet shod in the work of spreading the Gospel.

Last week, I was inspired to write about the above Scripture of John 13:1-11, and how Jesus said that, "Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean..."

If Your Body and Feet Are Cleaned by Jesus, 
You're Ready to Work!

My friends, if you are not aware, I must tell you that we are in a Spiritual War against evil. Many people do not have to worry, because they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. But what about the lost and spiritually confused---people who think that they can be part of the world's way of looking at and doing things.

1 John 2:15-17 (NASB)

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Notice how 1 John 2:17 explains that the world is passing awayJames 4:14 reads, "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."

This world in its present form is Not only temporary, God is going to destroy this world and all its wickedness....God plans on making all things new without evil (Revelation 21).

Until that time, we are susceptible to the ruler of this world...

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)

4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Recognizing that this world is evil and controlled by Satan, requires that our body, mind and soul be cleaned by the cleansing blood of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life through "Easy Believism," we become a child of God.

1 John 5:1-4 (NLT)

Overcoming the World 
and Faith in the Son of God

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

Footnotes:
5:1 Or the Messiah.

If Your Body and Feet Are Cleaned by Jesus, you will do your best to follow God's Word as outlined in the Ten Commandments and will accept the New Testament as your life guidebook.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.  


You're Ready to do the Work of God, once your feet are cleaned by Jesus---meaning you seek to be His disciple and to intimate Him! Next, you must put on The Whole Armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)

The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[b] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[c] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[d]

Footnotes:
6:12 Some manuscripts read you.
6:15 Or For shoes, put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God.
6:16 Greek the evil one.
6:18 Greek all of God’s holy people.


Ephesians 6:15 (NLT) says, "For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared, Or "For shoes, put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God." We can stand firm on the Word of God and look where our feet (that have been cleaned by Jesus) are presently planted---to put on the "shoes of readiness" to preach the Good News of peace with God. Don't have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow, and soil the PRESENT station where God has your feet planted. I can only say this, because I was about to move again this past week, because the grass seemed greener in a different part of town.

The Lord has made it clear to me that it is not enough for me to simply Internet evangelize...He has put a new family in my life to minister to along with my own three daughters. In addition, God wants me to be a pillar right here in my neighborhood---and get involved in my local church and community to preach Christ to the lost and spiritually confused!

Would you like to be cleaned by Jesus?

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

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