Devotionals by Dennis Rainey


AUGUST 15

White-Glove Test

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. JOHN 15:3 

Whenever our Weekend to Remember speaker team gets together—as we're passing each other in the hallway or stepping onto the elevator—we often ask each other one probing question: "Are you clean?" We're calling each other to personal holiness—we don't want anyone who represents our Lord and our ministry to stand before others with an unexamined heart.

"Are you clean?" It's a good question to ask, don't you think? Few of us like being presented with something that pries this hard—something so personal, something we might not be able to answer yes to.

I remember when I came across a friend—a fairly well-known Christian leader—at a convention. I shook his hand, looked him in the eye and surprised him by asking, "Are you clean?" He answered back, "Well, yeah, I'm clean." But he wasn't clean. I could tell.

A couple of days later, this same man tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Dennis, I need to talk to you privately about something." We eased off to a corner of the room, where he said, "I lied to you. I'm not clean. I've got a problem with pornography. It's causing me to fail as a husband and a father. I'm not the man other people think I am."

I was so proud of him for responding to the Holy Spirit with that kind of honesty and remorse. We talked for quite a while, prayed together and laid out some accountability steps we both knew would help.

A few years later, I crossed paths with him again. But this time I didn't even need to ask him the question. His whole countenance and posture answered it for me. He was clean. And confident. He'd been sprung from that whole demoralizing trap of phony sexual fulfillment.

How about you? Are you clean?

DISCUSS

Who could use someone like you to ask this kind of question of them?

PRAY

Pray for a life that is so clean and pure, you'll want to share the blessings of obedience with others.  
 

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Dennis Rainey is a cofounder of FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru, and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Dennis is senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series® and daily host of the nationally syndicated and award winning radio program FamilyLife Today®, a three-time award winner with the National Religious Broadcasters Association with wins in 1995, 2003, and 2017. Dennis has authored numerous books including Staying Close, a winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

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