Who can I say I have made my heart clean? That’s the scripture from Proverbs 20:9. The question goes contrary to what our heart tells us. Who tells us the most lies? It is my heart and yours. The Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things; who can know it? We’re warned by the Bible about being comfortable in ourselves. It’s dangerous. Think about sin and having a clean heart. Most of the time, we don’t feel unclean. The hardest person to inventory is one’s own self.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Can you say you have made your heart clean in your own efforts and abilities? Consider this. Do you really know your heart? Can you trust it? Sure you can say “I know my heart” and tell me to move on. Wait. Do you really know and trust your heart? If you’re answer is yes, the Bible asks who can say that.
What is in your heart about your conduct and how you feel toward others? Are you satisfied with the condition? This applies whether or not you have accepted Jesus as Savior. When we’re saved we receive cleansing. At times we take the Lord for granted and get presumptive in our thinking that we can take care of ourselves. I cannot and you cannot take care of yourself. Did you save yourself? Absolutely not! If you could have Jesus would not have died. We need the help of a Savior to clean us and keep us clean. I can spruce up my ways on the outside. The way to do it is by taking heed to God’s Word. However, in order to be clean on the outside, there must first be a work done on the inside where only the Lord can reach.
The physical heart is a tricky thing. I’m supposed to carry nitro with me all the time due to my heart disease. I don’t really understand why. I’m supposed to be on a cardio diet and exercise. I wanted to stop some of the medicine, but the doctor said no. The doctors know my heart better than I do. I have to trust in someone who knows the condition of my heart. God know our spiritual heart, the soul, better than we do; only he can prescribe what it takes to fix it. I’m thankful to have a good Savior who can fix my heart when I can’t do a thing about it. We can’t look inside ourselves, but God looks deeper than any doctor could ever go; he looks at the soul. He sees the condition and can fix it. Our physical heart can be in trouble when we don’t realize it; spiritually we don’t always realize the condition of our heart and soul.
The devil doesn’t shove sin and corruption down our throats. He works subtlety. Sin never shows its real face in what it does to a person. The devil will show the pretty side of sin. We get used to the way we are—even being unclean—and our heart gets hard. We find ourselves in a mess in God’s eyes. Sometimes we’ll say we can clean up anytime. We can’t cleanse our heart, and a spruce-up on the outside does no good if the heart is not clean. That must come first. The Bible says there is none that doeth good, no not one. Our righteousness is as filthy rags.
Is there hope for us? We need doctors and nurses for our health. There is no spiritual help but for Jesus. There comes a time when medical personnel can’t help. People die. God has never lost a person who trusts in him. Who can say I have made my heart clean? I can’t say it. You can’t say it. Galatians 3:22 says but the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Jesus washes from the inside out and makes us whole. We have this reality, this promise. It’s not by us. It’s not by a doctor. It’s by Jesus.
He’ll make good on his promise if we ask. Case in point: lepers looked awful. It’s a disease that starts on the inside and then the flesh falls off. The leper said to Jesus Master, if you will, you can make me clean. Leprosy made him ugly just as sin does us. He was considered unclean. He would have worn a veil to hide his face. He revealed himself to Jesus and asked for help. What was Jesus’ response? I will! I can’t say that. Only Jesus can. He has the power. He wants to and can but must have our permission. He touched the leper and he was made clean. He is the one who touches and cleanses us.
You have to come to Jesus. You have to reveal yourself to God. You don’t have to tell me a thing because I can’t help. Call on the Lord and ask for cleansing. He will do it. The Bible says whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. We can be delivered. First John 1:8-9 states if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Who can say I have made my heart clean? No one can. Who can say Jesus has made my heart clean? We all can if we ask him. So…ask him.