Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Clean Start to the Year - January 2, 2016

Psalm 51(New International Version)
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

As you begin this New Year, it is appropriate to approach this year with a fresh start, a "clean heart", to give yourself the best opportunity to be blessed and be a blessing. We all have things that we probably would rather forget from last year, and we all have had moments that we would like to take back.

Now is the best time to seek God and ask for His forgiveness. Now is the time to turn it over to His provision for our sins, Jesus Christ. Because of His work on the cross, we can walk into the year with a renewed spirit and leave behind the junk of the past.

If you have not surrendered your heart to Jesus, do so now while the year is still new. Pour out your heart to Him and confess your sins; He will be faithful and forgive you and make you "clean" again.

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