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Living Clean In A Dirty World Part 2

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August 8, 2022 1:00 am

Living Clean In A Dirty World Part 2

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August 8, 2022 1:00 am

Moral and spiritual pollution is everywhere, even within us. When Jesus knelt to wash Peter’s feet, the conflict within Peter was intense. In this message from John 13, servanthood and submission are displayed, even as Jesus revealed another type of washing that is deeply inward. With our daily sins and sinful nature, how can we be cleansed?

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When Jesus washed the conflict within. Peter was a visceral reaction as his master knelt before him.

Servant leadership was on display and we like Peter must keep this stark lesson in how to serve the Moody Church in Chicago.

This is running to win with Dr. Erwin Sir clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line. John 13. Learning that after a day in the world.

Christians need to be cleansed of the dust of sin dilutes are much to Peter's dismay.

Jesus taught that lesson dramatically by taking a towel and washing the disciples feet. Absolutely it was very dramatic. It was very memorable and we learn from it today. What a Savior we have and you know Dave, if I were to be totally honest and I always want to be totally honest, I had to tell you that the lesson of servant hood is one that I continue to learn. The fact that Jesus was willing to take the initiative in these circumstances is a tremendous rebuke to us and we can identify with Peter in a moment I'm going to be giving all of our listeners an opportunity to do something to help us get the gospel to many many more. It has to do with her matching gift so you stay tuned. At the end of this broadcast will be giving you some contact info, but for now let's consider the words and the actions of Jesus and that upper room well when Jesus said to Peter that I don't want you you don't have any park with me Peter again Amanda fix says all Lord is not my feet only verse nine but also my hands in my head Jesus if it means that I'm not that I have any park with you pour the bucket over my head. Do the whole thing. Don't you just love it. He was finally brought to the point of submission, but there's 1/3 lesson, there is the lesson of servant hood. There is the lesson of submission. And thirdly, there is a lesson on salvation. Salvation that word salvation means that we are saved from something we are saved from the wrath to come.

We are we are truly saved. That is a good word to use its biblical all throughout Paul's writings, he talks about those that are saved.

It means saved forever from God's wrath and the saved for heaven and notice how Jesus now takes this as an illustration of salvation. Peter says not my hands only but also my hands in my head. Verse 10 Jesus said, he who has David needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean and you are clean, but not all of you, for he knew the one who was betraying him for this reason, he said, not all of you are clean now. Jesus indicates here that there are two different washings and I hope that you've experienced both of them. The complete bath. First of all, the complete bath is the washing of regeneration that is getting say is regeneration because God is a miracle in the heart. It is the new birth you become a child of God that is a bath that does not have to be repeated again ever new Christian. Sometimes I will you know I received Christ as my Savior. But now I have sinned. Do I have to be saved again, the answer is no, you don't have to be saved again once is sufficient.

But you do need your feet washed, you do need your heart cleansed, as we shall see in a moment I need folks we take this all for granted, but salvation is a mighty big thing here somebody who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior receives him as his or hers. Think of what God does. The Bible says that he seals you with the holy spirit of God, and you were sealed until the day of redemption. The Scriptures indicate that you become a member of God's family.

You are a child of God at top did permanently and you get a new father, then the Bible says that we are so put into Christ, that we become a member of his body, of his flesh and of his bones to the point when he ascended into heaven, we are spoken of as being there in heaven with him while in and that's not all it's is that when you get saved your destiny in heaven is so certain that God already glorifies you says in Romans eight, those whom he coldly justified those him. He justified he also glorified God says, for all practical purposes, you're already in heaven.

So you see, once a person has been Bay. Once you've had a bath. The Greek word is Lulu all you don't need to be saved again because God does not undo all the beautiful things that he has done for you top it all off. By the way, it says that if you ever are saved or when you are saved you should know that your name because of election has been written in the Lamb's book of life from before the foundation of the world God is fulfilling his plan for you. How much more certainty.

Could you get Dr. Harry Ironside, who preached here at the Moody Church in years before I was around said that on one occasion someone came forward and said, Dr. Ironside, I have been saved. 99 time you know what I would say if I ever met a person like that I would look at them in on her disbelief and say what you mean only 99 times is that all I would've expected 999 if you need a complete bath every time you send, you'd better be saved over and over and over and over and over again and there are some churches you know, that teach that we had a friend at our home on time and she said she was brought up in a church where you got saved on Sunday. You lost your salvation.

Virtually every week, especially over the weekends he lost it on Saturday.

Came back and got saved again on Sunday and she said the town drunk used to get saved every Sunday night and then lose his salvation by Monday afternoon.

One day the pastor said to him you know next week when you get saved I ought to shoot you, so that at least we know that you're going to heaven, shoot him right after their saved so they make the pearly gates. Oh no no no no, God does not undo all the work that he does in the life of the believer. Just because we sin, but there's a second bath that is needed and that is the foot washing the Greek word is Nick Patel it's a different word that Jesus uses here. He says he who has David Lugo needs only to tell his feet, but is completely clean. That's the bath of confession.

That's the bath of cleansing which I need every single day, sometimes many times during the day and by the way, you can judge your own spiritual maturity by measuring the length of time it takes you between becoming aware of sin and confessing it. Some people let their sins pileup and say well you know I'm committing so many sins that I'll eventually confess them all.

That is, that is immaturity you don't understand it and you don't get it is not just simply a matter of keeping the short accounts with God. It is a matter of keeping current accounts with God. It is a matter of constantly walking in the light of agreeing with God and saying in obedience to Christ. Whatever you point out in my life.

I will confess and receive forgiveness for its first John 19 if any of you send.

If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us. The Greek Texas from each and every individual unrighteousness. Now you don't. Many people do they confess their sins in a very general way and that's why they keep repeating those sins over and over again. Submission that word to confess means to agree with God, we agree thoroughly and totally we agree that what we have done is sin. We also agree and get friend.

We also agree that God has a right to take this sin out of our lives forever. You know why there's so many believers were constantly caught up in the same cycle of confession and failure confession and failure confession and failure. There are several reasons for it, but a predominant one is that when they confess their sins they reserve in their own hard to the right to commit that same sin again.

If you're an alcoholic and you want to confess your sin before God.

What you should do is not only say all God, I have sinned about what you need to do is to say, I for ever and totally and completely give up the right after to touch another drop when God brings you to that point of submission. You might be surprised is at the victory that he will win. That does not mean, of course, that after that there could be no failure there might be, but it is this halfhearted confession where we reserve something within our heart that eventually becomes the seed of our problems and the smallest sin that is not exposed in obedience to the light eventually becomes the seat of our troubles and that little leaven leavens the whole lump.

And you say, how could something so small, create problems for me, that are so big you know what God says is is I want you to walk in the light in old medians in confession, I want you to be thoroughly, thoroughly washed thoroughly washed and I want you to know today that the closer you and I walk to Calvary. The closer you and I walk with God.

The more dirt he shows us on our feet in our hearts, and when we walk in obedience. We have a part with him.

What did Jesus mean anyway, you have no part with me is fellowship 10th chapter of Luke says that Mary when she was at the feet of Christ has chosen the good part. Second Corinthians chapter 6 says that we have no part with the table of demons. We have no part. We have no fellowship with Christ is saying you have no fellowship with me when you are walking in disobedience. Let me say this as clearly as I am able.

If you in any area of your life are walking in known disobedience.

You are coming to the table of fellowship with dirty hands and your fellowship with Christ will be distant, unsatisfying, and eventually perhaps uncomfortable and it can be in any area. For example, some of you today are absolutely convinced it is God's will that after you become a Christian you be baptized, you're absolutely convinced is not a matter of just simply because I've said it, or anybody you believe that's what the Bible teaches. And yet you are not walking in obedience. Jesus said wait a minute here you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do the things that I say you have no part with me. How can you think that everything is okay between us and yet you knowingly reject what in your heart you know you should be doing now what I've said about that can be said about all kinds of things that are in our hearts. All the sins that we so tenaciously protect. Whether it is anger or lust or greed or an action or jealousy, and actions, and dissensions all of those things you see. Keep us from having a part with Christ. When you look in your eyes.

Jesus loves you and Jesus really wants to have fellowship with you.

He really does but you can't come to him with a dirty heart unless you come to the clans, that's a different matter and you know that he loves to cleanse you so pastorally survive committed that since so many times and embarrassed.

Humble yourself and receive his cleansing. The fact that your embarrassed shows that his pride is not been dealt with were all embarrassed, but we all have to come after cumin submission.

We have to come to receive cleansing.

I believe that the great need of the church today throughout North America is the need to be totally unholy, cleansed from all of the things that Christians are imbibing in their souls and harboring their if I wash the knots of Jesus.

The fellowship is broken, you have no part with me all of the disciples had had a bath but they always needed cleansing except one Judas. He never did even have the bath.

Jesus said that he who is Dave needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean and you are clean, but not all of you, for he knew the one who was betraying him for this reason, he said, not all of you are clean. Did you know that the disciples did not know the Judas was an imposter. They really didn't when Christ said you're going to betray me. They all said is that I Lord is that I is that I they never will settle the lead we've always had our doubts about no no no no, he played the game so well but what does the text say she knew who would betray him. There was nothing he did from his gaze, look at this lovely congregation this morning. Just look beautiful. People it's easy for me to look your direction.

But all that I see is the outward Jesus knows that here today. There could be a handful of Judas it is who have never never been dazed and we don't know who they are because they sing the same songs as we do. They quote the same verses of Scripture. They give the same words of testimony and we don't know all but Jesus does every good sermon has a bottom line, what is the bottom line. If you have not been cleansed by Christ your dirty no matter how wonderful you look on the outside. That's the bottom line. Let's pray now father through the strength of the blessed Holy Spirit who has been given to us is frail and sinning people.

We pray that you might do a great work in the lives of those who've heard this message no matter where it is heard you see with your eyes. Beneath all the exteriors beneath all the shelves in the Shan you know the human heart. Today we pray for those who are your people who really do know you a Savior.

All father make us honest in our confession and are cleansing help us to give up the right to continue to commit the same sin, may we agree with you fully and then father for all those who have never been bathed. Oh, be merciful to them, lest they be lost forever and save them now before I close this prayer want to talk to you and give you an opportunity to recite a prayer in your heart to God. First of all the prayer for those who know Christ as Savior want you tell the Lord Jesus, that by his grace. You will be able median to whatever he has shown you today confess the coldness the hardness of heart, the indifference, the rationalizations just be honest now for those of you who do not know Christ as Savior. When she just say Jesus save me, give me a bath. I'm gonna let you wash me I need to be saved except you. Thank you father begin a good work in the lives of people that you will carry on tomorrow throughout the week and next week all into eternity.

Jesus name on you been listening to running to win for any length of time you know that ultimately our bottom line always has to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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We have other models of prayer given to us elsewhere in the New Testament.

Ruby is one of our listeners and she's wondering this is it okay to enter prayer saying in Jesus name. I grew up in a church where I was taught to always say in the name of the Lord Jesus or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What is the right way to conclude a prayer Ruby element tell you that I think it's perfectly fine for you to enter prayer in the name of Jesus because you and I if I were to hear that prayer would know that you're talking about the Jesus of the New Testament and we should indeed pray in the name of Jesus. Now, your church, though in saying that you should pray in the name of the Lord Jesus or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have to commend them because I think that what they are saying by insisting on that is that they want to make sure that everyone who hears the prayer knows that it is in the name of Jesus the Jesus of the New Testament, and none other. So I kind of like that to pray in the name of the Lord Jesus or the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

But it's not necessary it's not required because when you pray in the name of Jesus. You are praying, of course, in the name of the Lord Jesus and our Savior. That's all implied in his name. Thank you. Pastoralists are, and thank you Ruby for your question. If you'd like to hear your question answered.

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