Psalm 51:2 Asking For Forgiveness

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Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2 

Every person will do something wrong at some point or another in their life. When they do something wrong, sometimes they will get caught, while many times it appears that they get away with it and go free.

If no one directly says anything to a person, he feels that what he did was acceptable. There is no higher ruling or judgement because no one caught him.

Other people will do things that are wrong and try to justify it. They give excuses or reasons why they had to do what was wrong. Thus they do not see it as something wrong or sinful.

When it is viewed as nothing done wrong, there is no reason to admit it or request forgiveness.

David cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness. He had sinned and it was revealed. He knew that he had done wrong so He asks God to remove the sin from his life.

The world has its own set of rules and these rules change all the time and even from situation to situation. The authority to make these commands ultimately come from God, the supreme authority over all.

God has laid down rules on how to live on this earth, what a person can and cannot do. When a person chooses to break one of those laws, he has sinned against God.

In His great mercy God is willing to forgive and remove those sins. However, for God to do that, one must seek forgiveness. He has to ask God to forgive him and remove the sins from his life.

Jesus came and died on the cross for this very purpose, to remove sins. In His great love and mercy, Jesus is waiting to forgive and remove those sins. However, one must seek that forgiveness.

Just like David, you will sin at times against God. Everyone sins and no one is exempt from it. Do not allow that sin to remain in your life and bring you to death and separation from God.

Realize what you have done is wrong and go before God. Repent from those sins and turn away from them. Seek God’s great mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus can and will remove all sin from your life. Allow Him to change you and strengthen you to turn away from sin in your future.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will seek God’s forgiveness of your sins; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will live your life for God. 

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Leviticus 13:52 Defiling, Destructive Mold

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He must burn the fabric, the woven or knitted material of wool or linen, or any leather article that has been spoiled; because the defiling mold is persistent, the article must be burned. Leviticus 13:52

For most things and most types of mold, mold is something that no one wants to have. Mold can get into many different things in different ways. Most often mold is destructive. Once it is in something, that item has to be destroyed.

Some molds, such as the black mold, is not only destructive of what it is on, but also contaminates the air, causing serious sickness. Mold is alive, once it is in or on something it does not stop reproducing and spreading, destroying.

Cleanliness has to be maintained strictly in order to keep mold from infesting some item. Old food must be tossed out, places in a house/building must be cleaned regularly, and spilled water must be dried up. There is an active work to be done to keep mold from occurring and even more work to be done in order to get rid of it.

Mold is just like sin. Once sin gets into a person’s life, it begins to destroy and kill. It will continue to spread throughout the person’s life, until he is dead. It will not only spread in that one person’s life, but will also spread to others, causing death in others.

Also, just like mold, sin takes an active, persistent effort in order to get rid of it and keep it out. The blood of Jesus, which He shed upon the cross, is the only thing strong enough to wipe away the sin in a person’s life.

The passions of sin must be destroyed. The person must become dead to sin, just as the item must be destroyed when contaminated with mold.

You, along with everyone else, has been contaminated with the mold of sin in your life. Seeking the forgiveness of Jesus will get the sin removed. Once that is done, however, there is work to be done to keep the sin from re-infesting your life and soul.

You must take an active effort to keep your eyes on God and keep sin out of your life. Do not allow the ‘little’ sins in life to get a hold of you. Just as mold, it will continue to spread until it has killed you.

How much mold are you allowing in your life?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to remove the mold (sin) in your life; that you will turn away from all sin and follow God; and that your life will be productive, holy and pure for God. 

Hebrews 9:14 Why Christ Cleanses Us

 

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How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered by himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14

People go through life often wondering what their purpose is. They want to know why they are on this earth. Many will claim to live, laugh and have fun as long and as much as one can. Others feel it is to raise great wealth to pass on to their family. Yet, many do not really know the real reason or purpose of their life here on this earth.

Many people hear about Jesus and repent of their sins and believe Him for salvation, yet, still struggle with their purpose on this earth. People will often repent of their sins just to get into heaven. They have heard of hell and do not want to go there, so they repent and are saved, but then stop there.

Jesus did offer His life and blood on the cross to remove all sins. He will save all who repent, but that is not the only purpose of the removing of sins. He removes those sins and the guiltiness of those sins so that the new believer can serve God.

When a person is living with sin, he cannot serve God. God cannot be around sin or work with it. Jesus removed sin to make it possible for the person to serve God with a clean heart.

Serving God is found in living a holy life for God, loving every one, and being a witness for Jesus. Doing these things will be found in words and actions. It will be found in a changed mind and heart.

As a believer, Jesus has removed your sins and will save you. Until you step into the doors of heaven, you have a work to do on this earth. It is to serve God on this earth.

You find ways to serve God by turning from sin, loving every person, and being a witness of what Jesus has done.

Yes, you are saved, but what are you doing with that salvation?

Seek God to find ways that you may serve Him each day. Who can you love? Who can you be a witness to?

As you do these things, you will find your purpose on this earth–to serve the living God.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will reveal His purpose for your life; that your life will be one to serve God; and that you will be His witness to all around you.

Isaiah 48:18 Never Ending Peace

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18

God was getting ready to free the Israelites from the bondage in Babylon. During the time of the bondage, they did not have any peace in their lives. God reminds them that the reason they had no peace was because they had chosen to disregard His commands. If they would have obeyed His commands their peace would have been like a river.

Rivers are a beautiful thing to watch and be near. Some rivers have fast flowing water, while others are slow-moving. In either case, the water is still moving and changing all the time. As it flows, the water moves the bad stuff out, while bring in fresh clean water.

Looking closely at a river, one will usually see a lot of life in it and around it. Fish will be swimming in the water. Animals will be near it to drink of its refreshing water. Trees and other plants will surround the edges.

All of these things show peace and harmony on the river. People go to rivers for this peace.

Many are looking for peace in this world. There are even believers who sometimes wonder where the peace of God is in their own lives.

Knowing and obeying God’s commands will bring about that same peace and harmony. Not following God’s commands is sinning against Him. When there is sin in your life, there is a separation between you and God. When there is separation, you will not have the peace that He is wanting to provide you.

Think about times when you know you are doing God’s will, when you feel you are in the presence of God. What do you feel? You feel His peace and love all around you, regardless of what is going on around you.

If you do not feel that peace of God, examine your life. Are you obeying His commands? Or are you doing your own thing?

Your past is already done, but you can change what your future looks like. Follow God and obey Him to bring His peace to your future on this earth. His peace is never ending like the water flowing in a river, and is always cleansing and bringing life to those it touches.

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will obey all God tells you; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that God’s peace will bring you the life you need.

Isaiah 6:5 Seeing God

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Isaiah 6:5

In either a vision or reality, God allows Isaiah to see Him sitting on His throne. Isaiah cries out in fear, thinking that he was a dead man for having seen God. Most likely he knew about the verses where God had told Moses that no one can see God and live.

Isaiah was fearing for his life before God. The reason for the fear was that he knew how much sin was in his life. He knew the wrong words that he had spoken. He also knew the corruption of the people he lived around. With knowing this, he had a vision of how holy God really is. He saw angels bowing down and worshipping God, calling Him holy.

Not every person sees God in this way. It is common that a person sees God as just this big guy up in the sky. Or they see Him as just a great buddy who can help them. Others may see Him as just a harsh, mean judge against them.

As Isaiah looked upon God, he did not see any of these things. He saw the holiness of God and realized the blackness of sin in his own life.

People like to look at themselves as a good person. Most do not feel that they are really all that bad.

However, in view of God and His perfect holiness, no one is clean at all. Every person is filthy with sin, regardless of how much or how little the person has sinned. One sin is enough to blacken a person’s life as filthy.

The good news is that God is willing to cleanse you of that sin in your life. Jesus has paid the price for you and is willing to forgive you of all sin. Jesus will make your life white as snow, if you allow Him too.

How doe you see God?

Do you see Him in His holiness?

Or do you see Him as just a great big buddy?

I pray today that God will give you a vision of who He is; that you will see the holiness of God; that you will know the filth of your sin; and that you will know the cleansing Jesus can give you.

Psalm 51:10 A Pure Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

In this psalm, David is asking God to cleanse him of all sin and make him new. He knew that he needed a pure heart and that only God could do that for him. Years later Jeremiah would make the statement that the heart is deceitful and that no one could understand it.

There are many people in the world who have very deceitful hearts. They say that they are friends with a person, but only to get something for themselves. Gangs lure a person into them by saying that they are family and care for them. The reality is that the person is being used for doing wrong. On the outside they appear to show caring, but in the heart they may be ready to kill.

It is easy for a person to be led wrong by his own heart and no one to see what is happening. People can do very good things for all the wrong reasons. On the surface it appears as if they are really serving God and others, but on the inside it is for selfish reasons. These are things that come from an un-pure heart.

Man is born into sin with a dirty heart. God has to come in and give a person a new heart that is pure. Once this happens, the person will have a steadfast spirit in him. He will stay strong and true to God for all of the right reasons.

Getting a pure heart is not an easy process. It takes you letting go of your own self and your own desires. You must release your control and let God have complete control of your life. Allow God to have all the glory and praise for everything. After all, everything is about Him, for Him, and by Him.

How does your heart look today?

Is it filled with the wrong desires and motives?

Or is it filled with the desires of God?

Ask God to create in you a new heart. He wants to give you a new heart of flesh with a new spirit. He can make you a new creation.

I pray today that God will give you a pure heart; that you will allow God control of your heart and life; that you will stand strong and true for God; and that you will be a new person for God.

Hebrews 9:14 A Greater Cleansing

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14

Throughout the Old Testament high priests had to offer goats and other animals as a sacrifice for the sins of the people. It was looked upon as a great thing. Yet, all it did was cover up the sins of the people. Those sacrifices were unable to remove the sins.

When Jesus came, He came as the High Priest. He had to offer a sacrifice, not for His owns sins, but for the sins of all the people of the world. The sacrifice He chose was the perfect one–Himself.

He went into God’s presence as the High Priest to offer His sacrifice. He laid Himself upon the altar of God–the cross. There He shed His blood for every sin of every person throughout all time.

The author of Hebrews now is saying think about this. If the blood of those animals was great, even though they really did not do anything of eternal value, how much more valuable is the blood of Jesus?

His blood does not just cover up your sins, it removes your sins. It not only removes the sins, it clears your guilty conscience so that you may serve God.

Many believers condemn themselves because of past sins. They feel guilty about committing some sins over and over. Jesus shed His blood to remove the guilt and to cleanse your past. You may now stand holy and righteous before God.

Since you are now holy and righteous, you may also stand before God to serve Him. What does God want you to do for Him?

Kings have servants who clean floors, provide food, provide entertainment, and many other things. God wants you to reach His lost children, be the witness of Jesus, and be His hands, feet and voice in this lost world.

You may be small in the world’s and your own eyes, but to God you are a great servant if you are doing what He wants you to do.

How are you serving God today?

I pray today that God will reveal ways He wants you to serve Him; that God will provide the strength to do His work; that you will be willing to do what God wants; and that you will be holy and righteous in Jesus.