“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.”
Psalms 51:10-15 NKJV
Ready for work
We are nearing the final hour, that time when even the most timid of Christian will be called upon to stand and deliver the Gospel. Many of us have not be prepared for that time, for we have allowed our hearts to grow cold, as sin has taken up habitation in our lives. Many of us are lukewarm, neither cold or hot, and feel satisfied with sitting in our chosen pew, yawning through the sermon, hoping that the pastor will be done soon.
Sunday box checked.
The Lord is looking for those who desire to serve Him, for those who are ready to go and tell with great passion. Jesus has little place for the complacent.
““I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—”
Revelation 3:15-17 NKJV
Some of us have given ourselves over to sin, and we feel as if we cannot possibly go and tell others the Good News, because the legend of our sinfulness goes before us. While we yet have breath, we have the chance tom repent, to turn aside from sin and turn toward Christ.
Psalm fifty one is an excellent challenge for the one who has been captured by sin, but who desires to turn back to God. I tell you the truth, my early days in the faith were spent reading that passage over and over, as I rode the rollercoaster that was my life. But God is faithful.
As the Lord loved me, He refined me, delivering to me the clean heart I so desired. The valleys became less frequent, the peaks more tempered, and I learned to live a live a stable life in Christ. I was surely upheld by His Spirit, convicted daily, given the sensitivity to hear the whispers of God when I began to stray.
“Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.”
Psalms 51:13-15 NKJV
There is no greater testimony than that of one who had been forgiven. Living in victory lends credence to the validity of the Good News, that there is something to this salvation, that there can be change in the human heart.
Brothers and sisters, this world is constant in its pressing in on the lives of people. We Christians are not immune. But we are not without help. The Lord is near, and He has given us His completed revelation in the Bible, His Helper to assist us, and He has equipped the Body of believers to urge each and every member on to growth and good works.
Let us get ready for work.
You might be one feeling completely defeated, having given into an ongoing sin that seems to have you completely caught up. No this, saint, you can be freed, delivered and readied. There is great power in repentance. The Lord is faithful to forgive.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.”
Psalms 51:1-4 NKJV
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah”
Psalms 32:1-4 NKJV
I have found that the more I engage in the things and God, the less I engage in the things that are sin. I endeavor to never leave my mind idle, for idleness can give way to evil.
We have been given a calling, and the need is great. We are in the time of the harvest for the world as we know it is devolving right in front of us. I have spent a lot of time listening to various experts in the fields of economics, real estate, labor, etc, and all are pointing to cataclysm coming in twenty twenty three. Those of you who look at these things with Spiritual eyes see what, or more precisely who, is really coming.
We need workers, my people. The harvest is fast approaching. Even now the Spirit of God is looking to and fro for those He will save. It is the greatest time to serve the Lord!
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.””
Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV
Have a fabulous Friday!