James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” Many times when a believer is brought under conviction by the Holy Spirit about a specific sin or lifestyle choice, victory is lost because we fail to deal completely with the issue. We definitely want to draw nigh to God and have His blessing and power on our lives. We admit that there is a problem and we are willing to “cleanse our hands.” That is, we are willing to confess what we have done, but we stop there and do not purify our hearts. We want the thrill of renewed fellowship, but we are unwilling to go the whole way and change our hearts in regard to the desire or lust so that we do not practice the offense again. Perhaps we are subtly saying “I know it is wrong, but to give it up forever I am not yet willing to do,” so we settle for halfway Christianity and live without power and sustained victory. In Psalm 51:6, David recognized the same issue. “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” As long as we leave the heart undealt with, we block God’s ability to reveal Himself more fully and more powerfully in our lives. It is not enough to admit we sinned. We must deal with the internal lust and desire that causes the failure was well as the actual act that we did. This is brutal honesty, but if we truly want God’s full cleansing and complete peace and power, we must meet God’s demand for “truth in the inward parts.” When we come completely clean with God and those we have sinned against, we can then expect a joy unbounded, power unhindered, and grace all sufficient for the life of power God wants us to live. If not, we will have a shallow, roller coaster Christianity that never truly gains the victory and allows God to get the glory that is due his name. May God give us the grace and courage to deal with inward parts fully, and may we then see the outpouring of His blessing on us individually and our ministry as we work together with clean hands AND pure hearts.