The secret of a clean heart …

February 28, 2014

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12 New American Standard

What an incredible God to record the most intimate prayer of a broken life. A king after God’s own heart is confronted with the worst of his actions and even more so .. the state of his hidden life. Except it wasn’t hidden. God had seen every scheme to evade and every attempt to disguise his utter betrayal of everything that made him a king. And then the moment hit him. He saw what God saw: a heart filled with disease .. and the loneliness of being separated from the God who defeated his giants and made him a King. There was no way back. There was nothing he could do to erase the brokenness .. lies .. and deceit. There was only one way: offer the Lord his diseased .. deceived .. and despairing life. He knew that his only hope was that the God who said He was “gracious and compassionate .. slow to anger .. and abounding in love and faithfulness” would be ALL of that upon his life. Later, another murderer turned apostle shared his “secret”. He had learned that he could face anything in his life “in the One who makes me who I am”. That’s to be your secret today: to make it through anything you are facing “in the One who makes you who you are”. Maybe it begins with a clean heart .. maybe it begins with deliberately stopping all your efforts to save yourself .. and maybe it begins by deliberately taking the time to say David’s prayer .. and Paul’s prayer .. and your prayer. It only takes a moment …

“I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” Philippians 4:12-13 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Deliberate Followers of Jesus (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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