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   [20 May 2011 | Friday]

The Power of a Steamer


Recently because there were some chairs in our sanctuary that need to be cleaned my wife and I decided to purchase one of the small upholstery steam cleaners. On one side you put soap and water and the other is for the dirty water to return to after the suction goes to work pulling out the muck and grime. It really was cool to watch. Several of our sanctuary chairs now look brand new thanks to the cleaning solution and the power of the little machine. It worked so well we decided to bring it to our home and work on a few spots on the white carpet in our living room. In just a few minutes they disappeared. I’ll try not to spill anything again on the carpet.(lol)


Stains are horrible. You can see them from several feet away. Some of the stains, especially on the chairs were large, brown, ugly, yet, once the machine ran over them with its cleansing force, and the vacuum begin to suck up the water and soap, amazingly things begin to not only look better, but smell better. I remember as a little kid having to take a bath after a day of playing in the dirt and how my parents would always tell me that a little soap and water is good for little boys.


I rose this morning with a few lines of an old song rising within my spirit. The first verse of that old gospel song states this:

There is a fountain filled with blood
  Drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains:
  Lose all their guilty stains,
  Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains. “

Does that not make your spirit leap with joy? To think that there is a fountain still flowing now for well over two thousand years that literally has the power to not only redeem my life from destruction, but also to remove all guilty stains from within me. Talk about freedom. The song writer William Cowper, the story goes wrote this powerful song after going through a severe bout of depression. Yet, many a person has walked an isle seeking forgiveness of sin to the music of this powerful, yet simple song. The second verse of that hymn is equally as powerful.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in His day;
And there have I, though vile as he,
Washed all my sins away.”

I must admit that in my simplicity it does not take a whole lot to amuse me. Call it shallowness or whatever, but that little machine we purchased amazed me by the power it possessed. But, what amazes me even more is the fountain that William Cowper referred to when he penned the words of the song I have quoted for you. And yet, so many of us walk around with a noose of guilt around our necks over things that we did or said along the way. Far too many of God’s people fail to realize the freedom we possess when we take a plunge into the fountain that heaven provides. I can almost guarantee that a man by the name of Mephibosheth had a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that he was sitting at the king’s table, eating the king’s food, with the king’s gift of grace being given to him and he had nothing to offer the king in return. Mephibosheth was lame in both feet. Not his fault, yet nevertheless true. But, because of a covenant between two people Mephibosheth enjoyed until his dying days the blessings that a king could give unto him.

Today is our day of freedom. Grace hides our inadequacies. Grace covers our weaknesses. Grace sets us free to be who God made us to be, His children. Step into the fountain, if you have not. If you have, live like a king’s kid, because that is exactly who we are. The Father and the Son made a covenant we are the recipient and we are not just freed from some guilt, we are free from ALL guilty stains. Hallelujah!!!!!!!




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