Tag: clean heart

Calling all sinners!

Scripture reading for March 9th: Luke 5

Key Scriptures: Luke 5:27-31 “After this He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him. And Levi made Him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.””

Jesus prayerfully and carefully selected those He wanted to follow Him as disciples and whom He would appoint as apostles. His selections were not popular with the local religious folks. They particularly held their nose up at the call of Levi, a tax collector and the dinner party Jesus attended at his house afterwards. They asked His disciples why they were eating with the “deplorable” sinners like these tax collectors were judged by them to be. Jesus answered them Himself. He came to call sinners to repentance. Only those who are sick will admit their need of a “Physician”.

Psalm 14:2-3 “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for healing my sinful heart and inviting me to Your table for fellowship. Give me grace to call others in need of healing from the devastation caused by sin into fellowship with You.

Psalm 51:10, 12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. . . .Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

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Thanksgiving and prayer!

Scripture reading for July 26th:  Psalm 48-50, 1st Corinthians 16

Key Scriptures: Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”  . . .”The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God!”  

Thanksgiving to God brings God glory.  Sometimes it is a sacrifice to offer thanksgiving in the midst of troubling times or circumstances.  It is an act of faith to give thanks.  It is also an act of faith to call upon the Lord in the trouble and trust Him for deliverance.  He also says that this glorifies Him and He will deliver us!  Amen!

1st Corinthians 16:13-14, 23  “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”  . . . .”The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and promises. Thank You for being faithful to answer prayers.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and faith to live as a strong man, glorifying You.  Amen.

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Rejoice in restoration!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Psalm 48-51

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 51:10-12  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take you Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

King David had sinned greatly by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah taken out.  He was confronted by Nathan the prophet of God and he humbly confessed his need for cleansing in his heart and restoration.  He even asked for a willing spirit and a continuation of God’s Spirit dwelling in him.  God graciously answered this prayer and all who come to Him for mercy through Jesus Christ!

Rejoicing in restoration:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That Go was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:17-19)

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A broken and contrite heart!

Scripture reading for June 13th: Psalms 50-54

David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of his friend, Uriah.  This episode is recorded in 2nd Samuel 11-12.  This was a dark blot on the life of a man who had walked closely with God for about 50 years.  King David had decided to stay home from the war with Israel’s enemies to rest and relax.  He let his eyes wander and ended up in bed with his neighbor’s wife.  She became pregnant and instead of an abortion, David decided to try to frame his friend.  When this didn’t work, he had his friend killed.

David committed adultery and then murder, sins that had no covering by sacrifice under the Law.  Both of these sins required that the perpetrator be stoned to death.  (Leviticus 20:10)(Leviticus 24:17)  What is remarkable about King David’s confession of these sins, is that he considered them to be against God alone. (Psalm 51:4)  He brought a sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart, appealing to God’s mercy!  (Psalm 51:17)

A broken and contrite heart takes responsibility for sin.  It admits to breaking God’s law instead of denial and blame.  (Psalm 51:3-5)  David even recognized that he was sinful from birth.  David knew men were born in sin because of Adam’s sin!  We can only be delivered supernaturally by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ!

Repentant hearts also recognize the importance of truth in them.  (Psalm 51:6)  Jeremiah stated that the heart by human nature was deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  (Jeremiah 17:9-11)  God searches the hearts of men and knows the truth about what is in them.  David asked God for a clean heart and blotting out his iniquity!

Broken hearts desire the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12)  God alone can give a pure heart and a right spirit.  This right spirit is one of brokenness and dependence on God’s grace.  All pride in human effort must be set aside.   This brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness!  Those who are forgiven much, love much.  Because of  love they want to do God’s will and bring praise to His Name! (Psalm 51:13-15)

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart , Oh God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17

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