The Wound is the BattleWhat kind of wound are you dealing with?

If an American soldier gets wounded in combat these days, his chances for recovery are a whole lot better than in the past because of the beads. These dissoluble beads are applied to the wound and they go deeper than any previous cleansing agents could go. In fact, they can even penetrate bone. One of the doctors who helped develop this treatment made this interesting observation about the battle to head off infection in a soldier's wound. He said, "The wound is the battle; the infection is the war."

If you can win the battle by cleansing the wound right away, then they can win the war by heading off the infection. It's a strategy more of us should be using to prevent the kind of spiritual infection that poisons your joy, your peace, and your closeness to God. The wound is any point in your life where sin has been able to get in. It's that first detour from what you know is right. The infection is the widespread loss of spiritual health and power that damages so much we care about, and it can be prevented by a prompt cleansing. A cleansing that goes deep is needed, and there is such a cleansing.

It could be the very thing you need right now to heal your heart and restore you to the spiritual health you once enjoyed. 1 John 1:7-9 of God's Word says, "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." What a promise! There is total cleansing and total restoration if you confess your sin, which means calling it what God calls it.

You might say, "Not after what I've done. You don't know how awful it is." Maybe not, but God knows and He's the One who said, "The blood of Jesus...purifies us from all sin." That includes whatever you've done, no matter how deep or how frequent the sin. The cleansing agent is "the blood of Jesus" - the blood He shed on the cross as the payment for every wrong thing you've ever done. In the words of the Bible in Hebrews 9:22, "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." No ritual, religion, or church can do the cleansing Jesus can do because the shedding of His blood paid for every sin.

To head off spiritual infection, you need to treat the sin-wound promptly. Don't let your sins pile up, unconfessed and uncleansed. As soon as you realize you've blown it, deal with it immediately, calling it sin and bringing it to the cross of Jesus. Just because you've fallen down doesn't mean you have to stay down and start some cycle of repeated sin. Satan may be telling you, "You blew it" or "It's over" but that's a lie. Jesus died so you could be forgiven, get right up, and keep on walking! This very day you may need to bring some of your recent junk under the blood of Jesus which "purifies us from all sin."

If you've never given your life to this One who gave His life for you, let this be the day that you trust Him as your Savior from your sin. He's the only One who can forgive it because He's the only One who paid the death penalty for it. He paid the ultimate price so the wound of our sin need never become a fatal infection. Today, you could experience that wonderful feeling of being clean and you can go to bed tonight forgiven.

            

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