Saturday, March 17, 2018

January 30: Keys That Open the Door

January 30_door1“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”  (Psalm 51:10-12)

Humility.  Repentance.  Restoration.  Three keys to a clean heart and a right spirit, opening the door to the joys of salvation.

Most Christians don’t have to battle daily with temptation to commit premeditated “major” sins. But, the everyday “little sins” of omission can literally drain every ounce of joy out of us before we realize what has happened.

Take the time to examine your life when you feel drained of your joy; ask the Lord to reveal any sins of omission or commission which need to be dealt with. Then, apply these three keys:

Humility … because one has to be humble before one can truly repent.

Repentance … because without repentance there can be no restoration.

Restoration … because the Psalmist gave us the perfect example:  “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…”

When there is a lapse in our communion with the Lord due to sin, these steps must be taken in order to be in right relationship with the Lord.

Make a habit of using these most precious keys. They have been given to us as a gift purchased by the blood of the Spotless Lamb to make us pure and spotless before the King of all kings, the Lord of all lords, the Most High God.

Father, I humble myself before You with a broken heart; I fall so short of Your glory in every area of my life. Lord, restore me through the cleansing Blood of Jesus, and grant once again unto me the joy of Your salvation. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.

“Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.”  (Psalm 132:9)

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