The Toothpaste Talk...

Warning! The Toothpaste Talk will change the way you think about yourself forever...

What does the Bible and toothpaste have in common? Well, Matthew 15:18-19 makes it very clear that our actions are not as we think they are - things that we do, quite outside of ourselves. They are actually 'revelations' or 'manifestations' of what is in our hearts...

So, when someone says "That person made me lose my temper!" or "That situation made me react that way!", that is not really the truth. What that person or situation has done, is it has 'squeezed' them (like you would squeeze a toothpaste tube) and what is inside (the heart) has come out!

When it comes to confessing sin in our lives, we often want to justify our actions by dragging a person or situation into the story, contending that that person or situation is responsible for the sin. However, what God wants us to do is to take a good look at what is coming out, because that shows what our hearts are full of...

The person who says "I just lost my temper, that's all..." should be saying "O Lord, I am full of anger and it has spilt out..."  In the same way, the person who makes a hateful comment to another, should examine it and see that it comes from a heart filled with hatred for that person.

Friends, God cannot forgive and cleanse away sin that we call by another, better-sounding name, because it is simply not the truth. But when we bring our hearts before Him, confessing: "Yes, Lord, it is me - I am full of anger, I am full of hatred", we are dealing with the truth and receive forgiveness and are cleansed.

Of course, what God needs to do to show us the contents of our hearts, is to SQUEEZE us! All of us can be nice and friendly when everything is going well, but it is under pressure that the real self jumps out. Pressure is a wonderful tool in God's hands to show us our true selves.

So, whenever you brush your teeth from now on, as you squeeze that toothpaste tube, think of your heart and pray: "Dear God, squeeze me today, that I may see the colour of my toothpaste!"