Introspect

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭7‬-‭14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Introspect

I have to admit that I, like all of us, have blindspots, those places within ourselves, where we have the habit of not seeing or recognizing, or more likely ignoring. In those areas we keep the hidden sins, the things that delight us, that we have no willingness to submit to the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit.

As I have grown ion the faith, I find that those hidden places, are like extra weight, inhibiting my ability to soar with the eagles. Little by little, I have yielded those areas to the light of Christ, bringing conviction and a desire for holiness.

I think this has come about from my increased reading of the word of God. The Lord provided a blessed reminder of the power of His word this morning, as I read Psalm nineteen. I could see the power of introspection, enhanced by the Holy Spirit, as the word of God has the ability to cast light into all the dark places, leaving nothing hidden.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV

Thanks to the word, we can have rest, enjoying the peace of God, because we have peace with God. When I am walking in obedience, I am not striving with the flesh, when I have submitted my sinful parts, I am not weighted down by the vain efforts to hide my sin from an all knowing God.

There is great benefit in not having to hide, for I feel a boldness to approach the Lord and enter the Holy of Holies to pray for those who have not yet the access to the throne room of God.

I remember when I began to desire the word, the wisdom of God. I was bed bound with a tumor on my spine, in Mayo Clinic, with a question mark where my life used to be. I and my bible with me, and on a particular morning, I opened to Proverbs chapter two. It was as if the Lord had opened my eyes and my hearts, as the words pierced to the core.

“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.”
Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV

That morning sent me on an odyssey, a great and wonderful journey during which I read through the bible in twenty four days.

This faith became real for me. The God who was some distant, mystical entity I did not quite understand, suddenly invaded my life in such a way that I would never ever be the same again.

Brothers and sisters, the Lord is an inspector of persons, One who knows all about all, who has understanding of us beyond what we can comprehend. In the coming days, we will be tested, and those who are serving the evil one will be seeking to cast shade upon our testimonies. We have been sent as ambassadors of Christ, bringing the Gospel to sick and dying world.

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”
Psalms 139:1-4 NKJV

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV

Through the charges and accusations that we will face, we can know the truth, for the what man cannot see the Lord knows. Let us approach the throne of grace, reading and poring over the word of God, that it poring over us, thus examining us and bringing any hidden sins to mind.

May we be a people desiring holiness, especially in these increasingly dark times. We can be ones growing in grace and faith in a world that has been doomed for destruction from the fall of Adam. As our world goes down, slowly destroyed through entropy, may we continue to grow in Christ, being made new day by day, and reminded that someday, the Lord will restore the earth has He is restoring the saints.

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.””
Revelation 21:1-5 NKJV

Let us, in these pressing times, seek the Lord to search us and reveal to us those hidden and presumptuous sins, where we fail to adhere to the limits our loving God has placed on us.

Let us remember the promise given Solomon and Israel on the day of dedication of the temple, a great promise to Israel and an even greater promise to the New Testament followers of Jesus.

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

He will not heal our land, for our inheritance is heaven, as we are descendants of the Levites, but He will heal our hearts and minds, for we are spiritual.

Time is short my people. In what little time we have left, let us be fully engaged and available for the work of spreading the Gospel.

Lest we forget:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV

HAVE A BLESSED LORD’S DAY!

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