This is “Sanitize Your Spirit.” In the midst of this pandemic, washing our hands is a prime defense against COVID-19. But let us not forget the importance of a clean heart. In this message with Jentezen Franklin, learn why keeping clean hands and a clean heart is vital to staying in the presence of God. To hear more inspiring messages from Jentezen Franklin, visit… & subscribe to this channel:

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>> I’d like for you to turn

with me to 2 Samuel 6.

In verse 3.

“So they set the Ark of God

on a new cart,

and brought it out

of the house of Abinadab,

which was on the hill.”

Everybody say the hill.

“And Uzzah and Ahio,

the sons of Abinadab,

drove the new cart.

And they brought it out

of the house of Abinadab,

which was on the hill,

accompanying the Ark of God;

and Ahio went before the Ark.

Then David and all

the house of Israel

played music before the Lord

with all kinds of instruments

of wood, and harps,

and stringed instruments,

and tambourines.”

You know why they do that?

‘Cause when you’re in

God’s presence,

you’re supposed

to praise the Lord.

“And when they came

to Nachon’s threshing floor,

Uzzah put out his hand

to the Ark of God

and took hold of it,

for the oxen stumbled.

Then the anger of the Lord

was aroused against Uzzah,

and God struck him there

for his error;

and he died by the Ark of God.

And David became angry

at the Lord’s outbreak

against Uzzah,

and he called the name

of the place Perez Uzzah

to this day.

David was afraid of the Lord

that day; and he said,

‘How can the Ark of the Lord

come to me?'”

And I’m gonna prove to you

that he answers

his own question

in the Book of Psalms

because this is a big question

that has to be answered.

How can I get God’s presence

to come to me?

I wanna talk to you

for a few moments this morning

on sanitize your spirit.

You know if you’ve been

around church that the story

talked about here in 2 Samuel

is David is finally bringing

the Ark of the Covenant

back to Jerusalem.

He goes and retrieves it,

and they put it on a new cart.

Now God had always commanded

that before when the Ark –

which was a God box.

A big box that had the tables

of stone and some manna in it,

and the rod that budded,

and some other things.

But that box also had

the big mercy seat,

but it was to be carried

upon the shoulders

of the priest.

And the scripture said

that they put it on a new cart.

They thought

that they could entertain

the presence of God

with a new cart.

That it would be alright.

And as they were going down

the path that they were going,

the cart hit a pothole,

we would call it.

And suddenly, when the wheel

went into the hole,

the whole Ark was unsteady,

and it began to fall.

And Uzzah reached up,

and with his hands

he touched that Ark.

Touched the Ark,

and instantly he died

because his hands

were not prepared

to touch the holy.

Jeremiah 25:61.

God says, “Provoke me not

to anger with the works

of your hands,

and then I’ll do you no harm.”

But He said, “how your hands

are before me –

if they’re unclean,

if they haven’t been washed,

it matters to me,” God said,

“the works of your hands –

and I don’t want you to take

unclean hands and try

to handle holy things.”

It’s amazing

that we’ve been reminded over,

and over, and over

the last six months

of this pandemic.

It’s amazing the amounts

of millions and millions

of dollars

that have been spent

on commercials,

and advertisements,

and brochures warning people.

Trying to inform people

that one of the greatest

offenses that we have

against this virus

is to wash our hands.

A campaign blitz

has been released

by the greatest scientists,

and people in the medical field,

and even celebrities.

And all kinds of people

have done commercials

trying to get young people,

and children, and older people,

and elders to wash their hands.

How critical it is

that we use sanitizer.

That we do what we need

to do to kill the germs

that are gathering on our hands

all day if you don’t wash them.

The medical world has told you

to wash your hands,

but not to cleanse your heart.

And I think we need to add

to the washing

of the hands outwardly.

The cleansing of the heart

inwardly is the only thing

that can heal America.

America does not have just

an outward issue.

It has an inward heart issue.

Pilate washed his hands,

but his heart was still wrong.

And it’s possible to wash

your hands in public

but to not be clean

in your heart in private.

What we do in private

determines whether God

will use us publicly

in a significant way.

Something was not right

with Uzzah.

Something was wrong

in his private life,

and God knew about it.

And that’s why –

because God doesn’t just send

this kind of judgement

to somebody’s life

because He wasn’t

having a good day

up on the throne.

There was a real reason

that when that man

with his unclean hands touched

that Ark, he died instantly.

As I travel, it amazes me.

I spend a lotta time

in airports,

and when I go in the airport –

I’ve done it so many times.

When I’m washing my hands

in the bathroom,

it absolutely to this day

still astonishes me.

I’ll see it almost every time

I go in there.

I’m washing my hands,

I will see men

come right outta the stall,

and they’re right

on their phone,

and they’ll keep right

on walking.

And it never dawns on them –

I oughta clean my hands.

I oughta wash my hands.

Something is happening

spiritually when we believe

that we can approach God

with dirty hands

and unpure hearts.

And I’m afraid

that this pandemic

has caused many people

to let up

on their spiritual disciplines,

and let up

on their Bible reading,

and let up –

and they been so entertained

with other things

and filled their eyes

with other things.

And we’re facing a flood

with our children

and our grandchildren

of all kinds of things.

And without months of church,

it’s possible

that they have accumulated

dirty hands and unpure hearts.

But it’s alright.

All you gotta do is say Lord,

I wanna be clean again,

and God’ll make you

clean again.

Now here’s what

I want you to see.

In Psalms 24:3,

David asked this question.

Remember he said when he watched

his friend Uzzah die,

he then comes back to the Ark.

And all the commentaries

agree that this is –

this psalm was written by David

after he watched Uzzah,

his friend with unclean hands,

touch the holy Ark

of the Covenant and die.

And then he asked this question.

He picks up the story,

and he says, “Who may ascend

the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand

in His holy place?”

And then look at what he says.

“He who has clean hands.”

That’s a direct

reference to Uzzah.

“He who has clean hands

and a pure heart.”

And what happened to Uzzah

when he didn’t have clean hands

and a pure heart?

He who has not lifted up

his soul to an idol

nor sworn deceitfully.

What he is saying to us is

if we want to ascend the hill

and stand in

the holy place of God –

and notice that in 2 Samuel,

it kept talking about

the Ark of the Covenant

was at a hill.

So what he’s doing

is he’s answering

his own question.

And he says I know the answer.

I know how I can get

into the holy place.

I know how we can bring

the Ark back.

I know what it’s going to take.

We’re going to have to do more

than just sing,

and praise God,

and go through

a routine of church,

but we have to have

clean hands.

If you wanna know

who can ascend the hill,

if you wanna know

who can get in the holy place –

“He that has clean hands

and a pure heart.”

When Uzzah went to that Ark

and he touched it,

his hands were not prepared

for something that holy.

We cannot be casual

about approaching

God’s presence.

And I think

that’s something that I –

when I was, you know,

studying this message –

I never could understand why

it was that I cannot

enjoy Saturdays.

That when I know Sunday

is coming –

it doesn’t start,

of course, on Saturday.

It starts every day

of our life.

But for me,

it’s about preparation.

I cannot approach

God’s presence casually,

and I use that day.

I worship by reading

the Word.

I study.

I listen to worship.

I sing to the Lord in my office.

And I never really thought

about it until I saw this verse.

That the only way

you can really get

into God’s presence,

and thereby cause others

to enter into God’s presence,

is if I approach God

with a spirit that says

cleanse my hands

and purify my heart.

And that’s why Saturday

is a day that I fast

most of the time till sundown.

Because I’m trying

to say sanitize my spirit.

Sanitize my mind.

I can’t approach this holy God

in some casual, easy,

rolling cart

that doesn’t cost me anything.

I wanna feel the weight

of His presence on my shoulder.

And you say well,

Pastor Jentezen,

we really don’t need

to be reminded to live holy.

Why are you preaching

a sermon like this?

If the highest officials

of science and medicine

are spending millions of dollars

to remind people something

they ought to already know –

wash your hands.

Wash them often.

Wash them repeatedly.

Wash them after

you use the bathroom.

Wash them after

you touch something.

Wash them.

Wash them.

If the world

and the science message

of this hour

and health message

of this hour

is wash your hands,

I think we need to stand up

and remind God’s people

that you have to have

pure hearts and clean hands.

It’s the only way

you can approach a holy God.

We still have to be sanctified.

We still have to be holy.

We still have to be different

from the world.

Hands cannot handle –

unclean dirty hands

cannot handle

the holiness of God,

and we need a revival

of clean hands.

Turn to somebody and say

wash your dirty hands

and purify your heart.

1 Timothy 2:8 said, “I desire

in every place

that men lift up holy hands

without wrath

and without doubting.”

I thought about how that we

go into nice restaurants.

You know it’s a nice restaurant

and it’s not a nice one

if you don’t see this

in the bathroom.

On the back of the door

of the bathroom

of a good restaurant

will be these words:

all employees

must wash their hands

before returning to work.

And I thought about –

I think I’m just gonna put

that sign up as we’re coming

back to church.

That all volunteers,

that all pastors,

that all employees,

that all the singers

and the musicians –

don’t you come in here

and treat God’s presence

like it’s some trifle,

common thing.

But let’s get all the filth off,

and let’s approach God

in fear and in trembling,

and know that He’s a holy God.

All the singers,

all the musicians,

all the ushers,

all the volunteers,

every department head.

All employees

must wash their hands

before returning to work.

If you wanna be used by God,

if you want God’s presence

on your life,

and in your work,

and the work of your hands,

you must offer God clean hands.

Not in your own works.

Not in what you can produce.

But it’s a cleansing

I’m preaching about

this morning.

It’s a true repentance

that acknowledges

I picked up some residue.

I picked up some filth.

I need a good ol’ fashioned

Holy Ghost outpouring

of the Holy –

that’s what we need.

We need the Holy Ghost

to rain down on us

and wash our hands

and cleanse our hearts.


Everybody clap your hands

like you know you need

to wash ’em.


If you’re gonna serve

in the ministry,

if you’re gonna open a door,

if you’re gonna park a car,

if you’re gonna get

on the platform,

wash your hands.

Cleanse your heart.

There’s too much fussing

in the church.

There’s too much cussing

in the church.

Yeah, I meant what I said.

I don’t believe Christians

can be foul-mouthed –

blankity blank blank blank.

I still believe

in that old stuff.

My parents used to wash

my mouth with soap.

They would take a bar of soap,

and if I said a cuss word –

and back then,

a little cuss word

would be darn or dang it.

And if you say that now –

what y’all say now

in this generation,

we need more

than a bar of soap.

We need —

I’m telling you,

every song is filthy.

Come on.

Every —

these songs.

My goodness.

Some of the songs

that are being put out,

and kids are just taking

this in, and taking it in.

Wash your hands,

oh ye sinners,

and purify your heart,

oh you double-minded.

Too much drunkenness

in the church.

Too much smoking

and vaping in the church.

Too much lying

and cheating in the church.

Too much adultery

and fornication in the church.

Dirty hands need a revival.

Dirty hands need a revival.

Dirty hands need God to come

and convict us.

Let us feel the sting

of conviction

until we feel clean again.

Until we feel pure again.

Until we feel like Him again.

Everybody praise the Lord.

And you know what?

The good thing

about the pandemic

is if you don’t praise the Lord,

it don’t bother me.

I preached to empty seats

for six months.

I don’t even need your amens.

I’ve learned how to do it

without you.


You know —

I’ll just teach you this.

You don’t know this.

I’m gonna teach you this.

I read something interesting

the other day.

You know when Jesus says

“Verily, verily,”?

Verily, verily.

Have you ever read that?

Do you ever read the Bible?

Verily, verily.

He doesn’t just say verily.

Verily, verily.

That means I’m really about

to say something, right?

You know what the Greek word

for verily, verily is?

A, M, E, N.



I love Jesus.

He said I know

I’m not gonna get no amens

on what I’m about to preach,

so I’m gonna just go on

and give myself my own amen.

Amen, amen.

And then He preaches,

and lays ’em in the shade.

I don’t need your amen.

Look at me.

You can blame it

on the pandemic.

But if —

We’re not going

into the stone ages around here.

If you don’t praise Him,

the rocks will cry out

and praise Him.

But somebody’s

gonna praise the Lord.


Take a praise break

in the middle of the pandemic.

You been waiting on this.

And shout through your mask.

Shout that you’re here,

and that He’s cleansing

your hands and purifying

your heart.


“Guard your heart

with all diligence.”

Not some casual thing.

Don’t let stuff get in your life

and just hang on you.

Guard your heart

with all diligence

’cause you can be deceived.

You can be shipwrecked.

You can lose your marriage.

You can end up in an addiction

you can’t get out of.

So guard your heart

and wash your hands.



Now if you’re a sinner

and you’re here,

the dirtier the better.

But if you are one

of our leaders

and one of our pastors,

it is required before you

come back to work

that you get a good washing

in your hands.

I wonder if my hands

and my heart have stopped God

from showing up in this house.

Because He said

in Psalms 24:5-6 —

He ends it by saying

that if you get the clean hands

and the pure heart,

“He shall receive

the blessing of the Lord.”

That’s in verse 5.

“He shall receive

the blessing of the Lord.”

Do you understand

that you’re the only Bible?

I hear people all the time

talking about, you know,

do you like

the King James Bible?

No, I don’t like King James.

I like the New King James.

I like The Message Bible.

I like

the International Version.

I like this,

and I like that.

Well, what kind a —

and you know,

the only difference between ’em

is some of ’em

leave out certain phrases

and different wording.

What kind a version

of the Bible are you?

What’s left outta your version?

Because you’re the only Bible

some people are gonna read.

And if we’re slipping

into carnality,

if we know all the latest songs

of extremely wicked people,

and you don’t have clean hands.

If you’re just floating along

in the culture,

the culture is gonna mess

your family up.

It’s gonna mess

your children up.

It’s gonna mess

your marriage up.

It’s gonna mess your morals up.

And it’s gonna mess

your spirit up.

But you gotta get sanitized

in your spirit

and say oh God, cleanse me.

Give me —

Oh Lord, clean my heart.

Clean my heart.

Create in me a clean heart,

David said, in Psalms 51.

And a pure spirit.

When I see what’s going on,

I just wanna say

that we don’t have to

be defiled.

Well, everybody’s doing it.

We don’t have to be defiled.

I don’t wanna be everybody.

God used Noah’s hands

to build an ark

because they were clean.

God used Moses’ hands

to build a tabernacle

because they were clean.

God used the disciples’ hands

to distribute the fish

and the bread

that was multiplied.

I’ve heard people preach

that wrong.

It does not say Jesus

fed the 5,000.

It says that He blessed,

and He broke it,

and He put it in the hands

of the apostles,

and the apostles took it.

And when they would

break it off,

it would multiply.

It did not come

from Jesus’ hands.

He wanted to find clean hands

that He could put

the bread of life in

to feed the multitudes.


And He’s looking

in this generation.

He’s looking here.

He’s looking now.

He’s looking in this hour

for clean hands

that He can put

the bread of life in.

He’s looking in this service

for someone who will say, “God,

during the pandemic

I just need a cleansing.

I don’t wanna return back

as though I’m coming

outta the stall

with the phone up to my face,

and I don’t need to stop

by the wash station

and cleanse my hands.

Purify my heart.”

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