Continued Renewal

February 15, 2016

 

Psalms 51:9-10

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Continued Renewal

As we travel this earth daily the dust and dirt of sin and its influences are continually around us and upon us.  Christ has cleansed us within, but outwardly the world and the spirit of this world presses upon us.  The scripture here is when Nathan the prophet had confronted David after he had gone into unto Bathsheba.  David was a righteous man, but he was human and the influences of the flesh had caused him to stumble greatly into sin.  Our endeavor, like that of David’s, is to walk with God in righteousness and uprightness.  Like David and before we would fall into sin or temptation, our cry should be daily, “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” 

When Jesus, at the Last Supper, washed the disciples feet, Peter protested in John 13:8-10, “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9″Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 

10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.”  We have been washed and cleansed in the blood of the Lamb.  Our sins are forgiven, but there is a constant washing that must take place, a continued humility and contriteness before the Lord and cleansing from our daily defilement and pollution.  Every day we need to renew our minds in Christ and our spirit that we may maintain a clean heart before the Lord.  Have we washed our feet lately?  Have we gone before the Lord daily to confess our sins and ask his forgiveness?  1John 1:8-9 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  We all have need for that continued renewal of fellowship and right relationship before the Lord.  Let us not neglect our spiritual hygiene and need for a right spirit before the Lord. 

 
 
Blessings,
#kent
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