Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Matthew 23:25-28

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.[f]26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Without the work of the Holy Spirit inside of me, I will be as the scribes and Pharisees. All of my actions are meaningless without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He cleanses me from the inside so that all of my actions on the outside are pure and fully genuine.

Are my actions reflective of a heart that is cleansed by the Holy Spirit? How can I allow the Spirit to cleanse me?

Holy Spirit,

I know that Your work is perfect and far more successful than mine, yet I am having trouble stepping aside to allow You to work. Please help me trust in Your promises and be assured that I will never regret the times I let You work in me.