When my daughter arrived for a visit to Little Gasparilla, we set out on the paddle boards for the deserted island near the southern tip for a sea shelling adventure. The shells we find here are not pristine and clean like the ones that wash up on the beach, however, once they receive a bleach bath, their beauty is revealed. They are covered with barnacles, plant life, and other things that cling to them. If the bleach and water mixture doesn’t remove the attachments, then you have to pick off what’s left. Then it’s clean and perfect, back to its original self. That is not unlike us when we come to receive Jesus as our Savior. He bleaches us clean, but there are still some things we need to give up to bring us to perfection. The first thing is ourself; you must die to your old self, like an empty shell. The things that have attached to you must be cleaned off - past sin, hurts, fear, shame, and so on. During this process, which is called sanctification, you must fill up on the word of God, replacing the evil with good. You then become polished and beautifully filled with Jesus.
"And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." Galatians 5:24
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