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Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Every defilement, outward or inward, in conduct or inclination, in the physical or the spiritual life, must be cleansed and cast away.  Cleansing in the blood, cleaning by the word, cleansing by the pruning knife or the fire – in any way or by any means – but we must be cleansed.  In the fear of the Lord every sin must be cut off and cast out; everything doubtful or defiling must be put away; soul and body and spirit must be preserved entire and blameless.  Thus cleansing ourselves from all defilement we will perfect holiness…Beginning with the perfect childlike heart, pressing on in the perfect way, clinging to a perfect Savior, living in fellowship with a God whose way and work is perfect, let us not be afraid to come to God with His own command as our prayer: Perfect Holiness, O my Lord!  – Andrew Murray

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