Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Clean and Renewed

Oops! Did I say that?

Have you ever have something come out of your mouth and you are as surprised as anybody? The bible tells us what has filled our hearts will come out our mouths; so that oopsie was there all along you - you just didn't realize it.

The problem is we often don't know what we've been harboring in our hearts. We tamp feelings down in there and go on with our days and forget about it.

But it's still there... ready to raise its ugly head when you least expect it.

Whenever I observe communion, our Pastor always talks about examining yourself. Before partaking of the bread and the wine representing Christ's sacrifice for us, it's a good time to make sure there is nothing that needs to be resolved between you and your Savior.

Such a time is a great opportunity to pray David's words:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 KJV)

David was a man after God's own heart, despite the fact that he messed up - big time... and more than once. I think one of the reasons God showed David favor is because David was always willing to repent and ask to be made whole.

A clean heart - only God can create one. Only He can renew us. Our part is to acknowledge we messed up and then ask to be made new.

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Lisa notes... said...

You're giving me more motivation to continue memorizing scripture so that will be what comes out of my mouth, even when I'm not thinking clearly. :) Thanks, Jerralea!

Gena Hood said...

Dear Jerralea,

"Make me new!" is the cry of the ever-repentant heart, the antidote to creeping complacency, the miracle drug for life's brokenness. Hallelujah for the fact that He never refuses.
Thank you for sharing at The Loft today, as I never fail to get a blessing from your posts!


Leah Adams said...

Oh friend, this >>> we often don't know what we've been harboring in our hearts <<< spoke deeply to me, because it describes me more often than I want to admit. How I long for pure, clean heart. It is a prayer I pray often...the Psalm 51:10 prayer. Thank you for offering such a lovely post at The Loft today.

Christine Malkemes said...

I use to call it Freudian's slip, but the truth is as you say and the word confirms: what we say comes from our heart. No wonder memorized His Word, speaking/praying it out loud does wonders for our spirit.

Michele Morin said...

Thanks, Jerralea, for this beautiful post. I need to guard my heart and fill my mind with truth!