Our arch enemy has one goal for every Christian: to make one ineffective in his or her walk with God and to fill that one with fear and dread. Satan does not want you to be happy — ever! The Holy Spirit, by stark contrast, seeks always to keep you on a path of inner peace, overflowing with great joy. The Holy Spirit longs for you to walk this path every moment of your life. It’s a battle of good and evil — everyday. Sounds exhausting, does’t it, but it needn’t be. It’s all about using the key and the shower.
You see, when you do something wrong, when you sin, even if you tell yourself it’s just a little transgression and doesn’t matter — know this — it always matters. Since God is holy all of the time, then our intimacy with Him is intact when we are also holy. Does that sound impossible to achieve? Success in this matter depends upon whom you listen to and whose advice you follow. The battle between good and evil is subtle. Therefore, being on guard everyday is a must.
For example, let’s say you sin “just a little.” Satan will whisper that it doesn’t’ matter, no one is perfect, no one knows, just hide it away and carry on. The loving Holy Spirit tells you something very different. He tells you that your gown of white has become soiled. The tiny blot on the white stands out big time. The Holy Spirit instructs you to have the spot washed out. He tells you to confess to Father immediately and holy washing will ensue. Delay, pretending it doesn’t matter, attempting to hide it away is all detrimental to a daily life of joy, peace, and hope. Remember, it is obedience to Him that brings blessing.
So, the question comes: to whom are you listening? Read what the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:16-17, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two factors are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”
Just think, God Almighty loves you so deeply, that He craves daily conversation and interaction with you — but He is holy! Therefore, you must also be holy. (I Peter 1:16) Daily confession is vital! It’s key! There can be no close intimacy without it. Choose to make it a habit. Ask Father God to wash that little spot of sin away, and walk again in the pureness of His joy and peace. You know of a certainty, there is no happiness on earth to compare with a pure heart before God.
A daily shower is good for the body as it washes that dirt right down the plughole. A spiritual washing is just as needed for the heart, washing every wrong doing down the plughole of forgiveness. What refreshing peace and joy follows. Confession is the key that leads to the shower.
The enemy will say, ignore that little sin. The Holy Spirit says, confess and it will be washed away. One brings gloom while the other brings joy. I hope we all use that key of confession that brings on the holy shower.