This morning (just a few moments ago to be exact) I woke to this Scripture running through my mind. Psalms 51:10 reads, “Create in me a clean heart O’God and renew a right spirit within me.” After this past weekend, and then again last night I have been doing some soul searching about my spirit. It is easy to not have a “bad” spirit when everything is going your way. However, life has a nasty way of not always going the way that we think it should.
Trials and tribulations are part of any persons’ life. The vehicle breaks down when it shouldn’t, we miss events in our children’s lives due to work related madness, bills get skipped because of a lack of funds, on and on it goes. We become angry because life happens. Anger leads to bitterness, and bitterness eats away at our souls. Psalms 51 is a prayer of repentance for King David. He prayed after he had an innocent man murdered so he could have his wife. David wept because of his sin, and in verse 11 he said, “Cast me not from thy presence and take not they holy spirit from me.” His sin was not without consequence, however, David was broken before the Lord.
A clean heart will always come with a price. We never seem to see the need for a clean heart until life falls apart. Then when everything is destroyed we want to find God and ask Him why it went awry. In Matthew 5, the Scripture reads, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” While there may always be a price to be paid for having a clean heart, the reward is worth the sacrifice. Any accomplishments that we seek in life requires sacrifice. Every aspect of our lives require us to make a choice, therefore it makes sense that if we are going to make Heaven our home it will come at a cost. Our Lord carried his cross up Cavalry on a beaten back, His sacrifice set the example that we must follow.
As our friend that never leaves us nor forsakes us, we can walk with Him in the power of the Holy Ghost. Our sacrifice is paramount to our success as Christians. We can’t offer to God anything that costs us nothing. It is an insult in the face God when we do this. The Bible is full of examples of people who sacrificed much and God kept them through their adversity. I believe it was Job who said, “that when I am tried, I shall come forth like pure gold.” To clarify, we heat gold to get the impurities out of it. It is no different with us. Trials is our heat to clean out the impurity that settles into our lives. Therefore, it is a necessary part of God’s plan to cleanse us.
I am going to cut this short this morning. You guys take care and I will chat with you all soon.