Yesterday was one of those days where you look around and realize that it’s time to take a step back to the basics in my relationship with God. There wasn’t anything real dramatic that brought me to this conclusion, but I felt like my book knowledge of the Bible wasn’t giving me the satisfaction that I needed in my relationship with Jesus. My sermons were becoming more of a showcase for my knowledge than helping people to reach a deeper relationship with our Lord. So this morning I start the first in a 30 day series of strengthening our ties with God through becoming like children again (Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.)
This idea was originally going to be a personal experience, but when I posted it on Facebook, I had a number of people ask to join me, so here we go. Please note that we are not going to go especially deep into the verses because I feel that the depth to which you go should be a personal journey led by the Holy Spirit. This will merely be a guide to deepening your roots with the lord. Having said that, let’s begin.
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Today we are looking at the study of recommitting our lives to Jesus. It’s not that we have become separated from the Lord, it’s more of a focus on getting back on track in our spiritual lives.
Nothing in this world will mess our lives up more than sin and distance from the Lord. We allow one little sin to gain foothold in our lives, and pretty soon Satan is in full control and we start spiraling out of control. Sometimes it’s not that dramatic, Satan lies dormant just waiting to use that sin against us in a moment of weakness. Either way, that sin is there, and we need to root it out, and we’re usually not strong enough to do it on our own. This is where we need to get back in tune with the Lord, and that starts with confessing that we are sinners and need Him to rescue us.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Psalm 51. Yip, the entire passage. It reminds me that I am a sinner, but that doesn’t mean that I am without hope. It means that although we hurt God with our transgressions, He loved us enough to give us a second chance by offering His beloved son as an atonement for our sins. Would we be willing to give our children as a sacrifice so that someone else could live? That is the depth to which God loves us. He is bigger than our problems, and His love is more profound than we can ever understand.
I have posted Psalm 51 below, and invite you to meditate on it today. Recite is over and over until it hits home. Take your favorite part of it and let it sink in. the first part of getting back to the basics of our faith is to confess our sins, and allow the blood that Jesus shed on the cross to wash you clean. Holding ourselves captive to the Word of God is the first step in freedom. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
1Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4Against 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.
5Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.