BY: SHARON LONG
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BIBLE TEXT: 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. –Psalms 51:10-11
PERSONAL REFLECTION: We are now one month into a new year, so how many resolutions have been forgotten or changed? The intention with a resolution is to make changes in our life so that we can be a better person. The most popular resolutions usually have to do with health, like a new diet or working out, or spending more time reading and studying the Bible and praying more. We have the best intention with resolutions, but generally, by the time February comes around we fall back into some of our usual habits.
There is a popular phrase that I am sure you have heard and said without even thinking about it. The phrase in a conversation goes something like, “…the thing is…” or “here’s the thing….” I have gotten to the point where I just want to scream “WHAT IS THE THING?”
I have heard this phrase used in many conversations over the last few years and I have come to the conclusion that the “thing” is either an opinion or perspective on a subject that is different than the popular thought on just about any subject. I have also heard this phrase from Christians to justify behavior or actions that may not be pleasing to God and it’s used to explain away “the thing.”
There are things in our lives that we need to surrender to God, and we need to turn away from actions that we know we wouldn’t do if Jesus himself were standing next to us. What can we do this year to clean out “the things” from our life and to make room for the Holy Spirit to renew us?
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I regularly pray Psalm 51:10-11 because I want to have a heart that is worthy of my Lord. It doesn’t matter where you are in your walk with Jesus — whether a new believer or a seasoned believer — we all have “things” we need to deal with that get in the way of our relationship with Jesus. As the song goes, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Help me to remove the things in my life that are offensive to you and that may keep me distracted from Your Will. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon has lived in Mount Juliet for 10+ years. She has 3 amazing kids: Ashleigh, Rachel, and Michael and two dogs: Bear and Buster. She has attended Life Assembly for 10 years, serving in Children’s ministry and Women’s ministry. She has worked for Change Healthcare for 5 years.