Devotional 8/6

You love truth; you have shown me the uncertain things, and the secret things of your wisdom. Lord, sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed; wash me, and I shall be made white, more than snow. Give joy, and gladness to my hearing; so that the bones which you have made meek, have joy. Turn your face away from my sins; and do away all my wickednesses. Psalm 51:7-9

How we think about God determines how we respond to God.
Chip Ingram

If we come to God for help, He can keep us from sinning and save (deliver or snatch) us from sin. God will not permit sin, nor troubles, to pierce or overcome our souls: but we must also recognize our wrongs. Although God desires repentance, we do not always desire to change our ways, so we must seek a repented heart. Depending on the frame of mind in which we come before God, He will accept and assist us through our faith in Christ.

From the context of Psalm 51, we understand that sin is a wrong committed against bat God. This is true even when we do others wrong, and even when our intentions were to do right by them! And although we may not see our actions as evil or rebellion, to God it is so. The reason it is so is simply because before God, we are without excuse. The Lord says that we all know His existence yet we fail to seek and please Him. We also know that we are wrong and God is right, His judgement is always right because He is inherently Just, Holy and Wisdom. He will do no wrong! We also know that we are born sinners, meaning it is our default setting… we may be born pure and innocent, but we are born into sin.

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I have learned that if we share with God that we may have incorrectly deciphered something for whatever reason, He is able to correct our errors. We can admit to God any fault or wrong decision made, whether intentional or mistakenly. He will make us free from the control of sinful strongholds in our lives: closing the door to what comes in through open doors (greater appetites for sin and satanic spirits).

We can also, like David, remind God of His promises, which are many in regards to turning away from sin and how to address sin. His word says that if His people who are called by His name humble themselves, and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven and will forgive and heal us (or our land: 2 Chronicles 7:14). He also says that if we confess our sins, His blood will cleanse us from unrighteousness.

The Lord also says that if we draw closer to Him, He will draw closer to us. And we reprogram our minds, we will be able to know His will in whatever scenario we find ourselves in. The Lord also says that when He is exalted, He will draw all men to Him… so why wait to exalt Him? He will draw our hearts back to Him, when we exalt Him.

And finally, the Lord told the disciples and believers, that they should walk their walk with God: producing fruit of repentance. There is the fruit if the Spirit, and there is also fruit of repentance: these cultivated during times of grief for wrongs committed. As God knows, the flesh loves sin… but we are to discipline our flesh, and pray for hearts that dislike sin. Remember this does not come naturally to us!! It is important to know God’s character, in order to come to Him and even to respond to His word. When we do like Job, we will be able to receive what God has for us and be thankful even while having suffered the loss of irreplaceable things (Jobs children all died.. he had new children, but the ones he lost were irreplaceable).

Today I’d like for you, and me, to pray for repented hearts. There may be things in our lives which do not please God, yet we like them, or have even become accustomed to them… God can change our minds, if we ask him to help us see things as He does.

Let’s pray:

Father God, today I want to present to you our faults and displeasing acts. May you give us repented hearts, hearts which grieve over sin. Hearts which are bothered by what bothers you. Even the smallest things, things like rolling our eyes, sucking our teeth, cursing, or any small thing in our eyes. May we be in distaste for the things you abhor, and things which grieve or quench your Holy Spirit. As silly as it may seem Lord, increase our wisdom and discernment to be sensible to your ways and your spirit. May we produce fruit of repentance in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

The book Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life helped me reprogram my mind, back in 2015. Hope it blesses you!

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