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Wash your hands, you sinners...' James 4:8 NIV

A soldier whose wounds go untreated will develop infections or blood loss problems, stuck out in the field with no attention to the injury. There will be casualties in a war, but it's not the job of the soldier to heal himself. On the spiritual battlefield you may get hurt. Remember: it's not your job to clean yourself up.

Self-improvement is talked up a lot these days, but it's about as difficult as trying to take a bullet from your spleen while anaesthetised. Removing sin from your life is a job for a specialist - the Holy Spirit. If you let bitterness or pride or lust go untreated, your whole soul will get infected. Eventually something is going to give. So let the Holy Spirit work His gentle surgical hands on you. 'If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness' (1 John 1:9 NLT).

So what now? Psalm 139 begins, 'Lord, you have examined me and know all about me...' Find a quiet place and allow the Holy Spirit to examine you, showing you areas where you need to change.

SoulFood: Lev 23:33-44, John 7:1-40, Zech 14:16-21 (Feast of Tabernacles)

The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd alt

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