Saturday, November 23, 2013

Restoration - November 23, 2013

Psalm 51:1-12(New Living Translation)
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.

4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.

7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.

If we have spent any time walking with the Lord, there is bound to be a time when we get caught up in the world. Often this results in doing something that strains our relationship with God. For many this can be a daily occurrence when our focus is on ourselves or the world, rather than what God's will is for our lives. Next thing we know, we feel detached and apart from Him, and things just don't seem right.

Thanks to God, and not to ourselves, He is all about rescue, restoration, and renewal. He wants a close relationship with us, so when we stray, God pulls us back to Him through the Holy Spirit. If you are a Christian, you know when this happens; you "get convicted" and you desire to be right with God. Because of Jesus Christ, we can be rescued from our shortcomings, restored by forgiveness and grace as His child, and renewed into fellowship with Him. All we need to do is confess, ask for His help and He will bring us back into relationship with Him.

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