'Create in me a clean heart, O God.' Psalm 51:10 NLT

Jesus taught that only the pure in heart would 'see God' (see Matthew 5:8). The problem he's highlighting is that our vision becomes dim when our heart is polluted. To the blind all things are invisible.

Today's headline verse is the cry of David's heart when he was confessing his darkest sins to God. He fell on his knees and prayed: 'Create in me a clean heart, O God' (Psalm 51:10 NLT). At this point in his life he'd stuffed up big time. But he got one thing right - he knew the best heart-cleaner! Only one thing can produce purity in the deepest part of your being. You can't get it from the supermarket; you can't do it by being 'extra good'. Only the blood of Jesus removes the stains.

Jesus himself said, 'You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you' (John 15:3 NIV). Time spent reading the Bible acts like an exfoliator, exposing the layers of sin and issues so that you can deal with them. It's like this: unidentified, unconfessed, sin is like dirt in your skin pores which, if left untreated, leads to pimples. When you scrub with the Word it cleans up the pores, creating a clean and healthy spiritual complexion! You'll find yourself being able to offer help to others instead of always needing help yourself. In short, you will be cleansed so that you can easily hear God and discern the direction he's leading you in.

So what now? Exfoliate! It's so good for your health.

Soulfood: Lev 13:38-14:57 Mt 5:38-48 Ps 3 Pro 1:29-31,

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