‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.’
- Psalm 51:10, 12 NIV
Ever got sick of succumbing to a sin you’ve struggled and wrestled with in your faith walk with God? Ever wondered why your faith in Christ has not yet brought about deliverance from a particular sin? In the midst of your frustration, remorse, and grief over your sin, have you ever heard the still, small voice of God whisper to you, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect in your weakness,’ as He whispered to the Apostle Paul?
Have you discovered the remedy of feeling sick of your sin?
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ – Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
The word ‘determination’ resonated with me during the time I read and reflected upon Psalm 51 today. And from this 4 thoughts along with it:
- My conscious recognition of my need for God, His grace and mercy, must increase and outlast my capacity and propensity to sin in order to remain sensitive to God’s holiness, sincere in my faith walk towards holiness, and be deliberate and intentional about not succumbing to the darkness within me, or the world around me.
- How do I learn to be determined?
- Am I as determined in my pursuit of intimacy with God as I am with others?
- Do I consistently allow my sin, my past, the darkness, or the troubles of this life to discourage my pursuit of God?
Resolution: God’s arms are always open to me. ‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ – Romans 7:24-25 NIV
Father, bless us and help us to be determined to press forward, push past, and persevere beyond our sins that so easily entangle us being deliberate and intentional about experiencing the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.
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