By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading for the day: Psalm 51:1-17
Scripture Quote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
Rather than approaching God to forgive us for a particular sin, it is better to live in a continual state of repentance so that your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction becomes very intense. Also, living in a state of constant repentance just naturally turns us away from the world toward God. We must continually remind ourselves that although we live in the world, our home is not here - We are just passing through.
Being repentant is more than just knowing you have a problem of being sinful. It also humbles us so that we can see our inability to do anything about our sin without God’s help. We can pray that God will show us His favor and grant us a pure heart, but He must do the work in our hearts.
Pride so often is the root cause of our sinfulness. We all are full of pride and constantly struggle to find any true humility within ourselves. We must develop an attitude that is willing to look at our blackest thoughts and desires and hand them over to God so that he can cleanse us. It is foolish to think that we can hide our cold heart’s wickedness from our heavenly Father.
Meditation for the day: “Pride is the cancer and ego its seed.” Glenn Phillips