We can easily think we are being obedient if we do many good deeds, however, doing such things while harboring hatred, jealousy, and other such inward sins is to act as a hypocrite. We are hypocrites if we fail to mortify those things only God can see. What inner thoughts and feelings must you put to death?
Even in Old Testament times God was trying to teach people there is a big difference between outward purity and inner purity. The Jews kept lathering up, washing up and cleaning up thinking they were presentable to God. But through the prophet Jeremiah, God said,
“Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Jeremiah 2:22).
God’s desire is that we be holy and pure. Soap is good for cleansing the outside of the body, but doesn’t get below the skin into the heart. How clean are you today? I’m not talking about your skin. How clean is your heart today? You may say, “Pretty clean. I’m better than a lot of people.” Let me ask it a different way: Is your heart pure today? Is it totally pure? Do you think God would be pleased if your heart was 80% clean? or 90% pure? Do you think God is pleased if your heart is 99.44% pure? It can be made pure. That’s why God issued the great invitation found in Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Do you need this inner cleansing? Jesus offers the opportunity to come to Him to have your life cleaned from the inside out. Do you need His cleansing today? Let Him wash you clean and give you a new life STIRRING TIME IS COMING