touch: to attach oneself to; to leave a mark or impression on; to harm slightly by contact; to taint or blemish
The serpent asked Eve if it was true that God told them not to eat from any tree in the garden. The woman said, We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die (Gen 3:3). The serpent then told Eve that God lied. You shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat it, then your eyes shall be opened and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The next time you sin, ask yourself, What am I missing that I would do that? – Pastor A. R. Bernard
The enemy wants you to think that you are missing something, but how can you be missing anything when God has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness? Before God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, He placed everything they would ever need in the garden, but because Eve didn’t understand who she was and what she already had, she believed the lies. The serpent said something to her that made her look and it looked good.
We touch things every day. We touch doorknobs. We shake hands. We exchange money. Some of you reading this right now are holding your cell phone. Bacteria, germs and viruses live there. We can’t see them with our physical eyes, but they do exist. Unfortunately, there are things that we touch that can make us sick while there are other things that can kill us through contact or touch (flu virus, AIDS virus).
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
The moment you touch what God told you not to touch or handle, that which is spiritual or that which you can’t see (demonic spirits) can attach itself to you and contaminate you. Just like germs and viruses, they have the ability to destroy or kill you.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were immediately driven out of the garden. They lost what God gave them and you and I can lose what God gave us through disobedience. Why can’t what ‘God has said’ be enough? Why do we touch what God told us not to touch?
Because we really don’t believe what He has said.
When I got involved with the wrong people or involved in the wrong things through deception, it affected my relationship with God. Before long, I wasn’t as close to Him as I should have been. I was hurt, disappointed and heartbroken. I lost my joy. I lost belief in God’s word. I became distant, feeling that I had disappointed God, that I had lost His love and that He no longer looked at me the same.
So, learn from my mistakes. Be careful how you handle people, be careful what topics you touch on in conversation, and be careful of the relationships that you get involved in. Yes, God can restore what you lost, but there are some things that are easy to lose, but hard to get back.
If God says don’t go, then don’t go. If God says don’t text them, then don’t text them. If God says leave it alone, then leave it alone.
Believe what God has said and…
clean: free from contamination, free from guilt, separated from anything that makes one unclean
Before the priests could enter the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, they had to wash their hands and feet in the outer court. They had to appear before God clean.
I recently asked the Lord to make me clean and the reason why I asked Him to do this is because sometimes we engage in things that corrupts us (Exodus 32:7). You may immediately think I’m talking about sexual sins, but sometimes it is our conversations that corrupts us. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29).
Then, I began reading about lepers in the bible. Leprosy is spread by direct contact and the reason why lepers were in the condition they were in was because of what or who they touched. But sometimes, leprosy was a result of indirect contact (no physical touch). For example, Miriam became leprous when she ‘touched’ God’s servant, Moses, with her mouth by speaking against him.
The Pharisees and scribes thought Jesus and his disciples were unclean because they didn’t practice the tradition of the elders, which was washing their hands before eating bread. In the tabernacle, you had to first wash yourself at the laver before you approached the table of showbread and according to Leviticus 24:9 and Matthew 12:4, it was lawful for priests to eat the shewbread. The Pharisees and scribes thought they were in the Holy Place and Holy of Holies because of what they knew, but they were still in the outer court because of Who they didn’t know and because of what was in their hearts. Jesus then explained to them that it wasn’t what was on the outside, but what was on the inside – in a man’s heart, that made him unclean.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defiles (make unclean) the man (Mark 7:21-23).
God doesn’t want us to be people that appear righteous to others outwardly, but full of hypocrisy and sin inwardly (Matthew 23:28). For so long, we’ve been focused on what it looks like or what we look like – the outward appearance, but let God clean you in the inside first. If you only clean the outside of the cup, then it’s not really clean – and no one wants to drink from a dirty cup.
Not only did Jesus loved us, but he washed us from our sins in His own blood and He made us priests to God (Revelation 1:5-6).
That he might present it (the church) to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
I believe we all want to be healed from something, but the question is: Do you want to be clean? Do you want to stop doing the things that made you sick, depressed, brokenhearted and unclean to begin with? God doesn’t want us to be like the pig, who after it is washed, returns to the mud again (2 Peter 2:22).
I have asked the Lord to clean me, but I am also asking for His help to stay clean.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make clean (Matthew 8:2).
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word (Psalm 119:9, NLT).
Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).