Thursday, June 3, 2010

clean mouth = clean walk

Went to the Dentist today. Sounds like no big news but if I tell you the last time I went to the Dentist you'd understand. Let's just say it's been more than 7 years. Don't get me wrong, I'm not afraid of the Dentist. I actually like going there... they don't weigh me! I haven't had insurance and my Mother's office had a special pricing this month for the unemployed folks like myself.

Being that it had been so loooong since my last visit, the Dentist gave me the wonderful news that I would need a deep cleaning. Alrighty, Let's Do This! 

 I'm not gonna lie, it was a bit painful.

She got in there and cleaned house. At the end of the cleaning, She told me to conitnue my oral hygiene as I had been doing. The Dentist did call me out on one thing, "You have to floss daily. Otherwise, you're accumulating junk." I also read a frame she has hanging over the doorway, "You don't have to floss your teeth. Only the ones you want to keep."

This little visit to the Dentist reminded me of
walking with the Lord

Oral Hygiene: flossing, brushing, mouth wash, applying wisdom to what we eat and drink.
Spiritual Hygiene: denying our flesh, washing ourselves with the Word of God, applying wisdom to every aspect of our lives, etc... I hope you're following me here, lol.
If we are not on top of our walk with the Lord, we can easily neglect it. We can't afford to be lazy with our walk. Just as your teeth require time to be cleansed DAILY, the same is needed spiritually. Set time apart to be with Jesus. Worship Him. Pray with humility. A broken and contrite spirit He will not despise. Take your time when you are reading your Bible. Meditate on His promises. Allow the Word of God to dwell in you richly. Sit at the feet of Jesus. Repent. Receive. Rediscover a pure and holy passion for more of Him.

Meditate on these scriptures:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called. Ephesians 4:1

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Psalm 119:9 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21

 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Matthew 16:26


Susan said...

Wonderful analogy! I think it's beautiful how gospel principles can be found anywhere, in anything. All things testify of Christ.

Melinda said...

Okay, I have periodontal disease. It's horrible! My gums are receding and by being vigorous in my oral hygiene I've slowed it down, I still hate it. I would cry over the damage being done afraid my teeth would fall out (the dentist assured me that wouldn't happen and my gums are "normal" for braces, etc). But it would literally keep me up at night with worry. If only I cared so deeply about my spiritual health that I would stay awake in the night watches.

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