Words of Truth - November 11, 2011

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Wash, Wash, Wash! "

Wash, Wash, Wash!
"Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults."  Psalm 19:12

In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women.  The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of "childbed fever."  A doctor's daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies.  From there he made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to wash his hands.  Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death.  His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution, and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184 mothers--about one in fifty.
    He spent the vigor of his life lecturing and debating with his colleagues.  Once he argued, "Puerperal fever is caused by decomposed material, conveyed to a wound. . .I have shown how it can be prevented.  I have proved all that I have said.  But while we talk, talk, talk, gentlemen, women are dying.  I am not asking anything world shaking.  I am asking you only to wash...wash your hands!"  But virtually no one believed him.  Doctors and midwives had been delivering babies for thousands of years without washing, and no outspoken Hungarian was going to change them now! 
    Semmelweis died insane with the laughing of his colleagues ringing in his ears.  His message was not radical, but simple: wash, wash, wash!  Many Christians have died a spiritual death because they overlooked a simple washing.  When we sin and do not get it cleansed, that corruption is passed along to other areas of our lives.  By all means, saint, wash, wash, wash!

Study verses - Psalm 51:2,7,10; Ephesians 5:26,27; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:21; James 4:8

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Previous devotions

"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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