Naomi told widowed daughter-in-law Ruth to wash herself. Why? Because in order to gain favor with Boaz, she couldn’t approach him looking and smelling like Moab. She needed to wash away her past so that it didn’t threaten her future. If your life’s being polluted, it could be because you haven’t washed off where you came from. God will open doors for you, but until you’ve dealt with your past, you won’t be ready to walk through them.
You can’t receive what He has for you now, if you’re still contaminated by what you went through then. Whether it takes six months or six years, wash it off; you can’t move on with God until you do! Sure, you might be academically, socially and intellectually prepared to move on; you might associate with people of influence and affluence; but none of that matters. You’ll keep losing your blessing until somebody has the nerve to tell you to wash off your past.
We all know people who were delivered from things in their past but because they haven’t washed their faces; they still look like where they came from. For instance, you might be surprised to know how many married people still have several ‘partners’. We’re not talking about actual infidelity because legally they’re married to just one person, but mentally and emotionally they’re still tied to others in their past. You can’t enjoy what God has for you today, until you leave behind all your emotional baggage from yesterday. So get up and wash it off!