Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Clean Heart, Right Spirit

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalms 51:10

Praise the Lord and good morning!   

As always, I thank God for his goodness and His mercy.  And so even on today, this is another day that the Lord has made and allowed us to participate in!  And because we know His will is good, it is perfect and it is acceptable, we should rejoice in it! 

All throughout the body of Christ, the call to prayer is evident.  It is most definitely prayer time!

Today, I would like to focus on our dedication to God.  We know that God calls us out and when He does, we are to be separate and holy unto Him.  We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice to Him.  We don’t do this as a favor to God or even out of obligation, but out of love with fear (reverence), humbleness and submission.  It is the Lord who loves us and has saved us. This is why we dedicate our all to Him.  II Corinthians 514-17 tells us:  

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose againWherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Dedicating ourselves to God is a part of becoming a new creature.  We read in the old testament of the meticulous process that the Levites went through in order to consecrate Aaron.  So we know that dedicating or consecrating ourselves to Go is not something to be taken lightly.   We want to live a life that is holy, acceptable and pleasing to God and the only way to do that is to dedicate ourselves to His will and His ways.   In order to dedicate ourselves, we have to consecrate, devote, set apart, make holy, and sanctify ourselves; these are all things that we must do in order to serve God in the manner that He would have us serve Him.

Paul tells us in Romans 6:13, 18, 19:

Neither yield ye Your members as instruments  of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield Yourselves unto God . . ., Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. . .  sin shall not have dominion over You: .  .  .,   even so now yield Your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Dedicating ourselves to God is not something that is just made up, it’s spoken of in the word throughout the bible.  Again in Romans 12:1-2, Paul exhorts the roman church when he states:

I beseech You therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present Your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is Your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of Your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We have to know and treat our bodies as temples in which our Lord and Savior’s holy spirit dwells.  Paul talking to the church at Corinth asks a question:

What? know ye not that Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in You, which ye have of God, and ye are not Your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in Your body, and in Your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6: 19-20 

With those edifying words, let’s pray:

Dear heavenly father, it is an honor and privilege to come before You this morning acknowledging Your sovereignty; giving You all the honor and glory for keeping us another day; for keeping us in our health and strength; having the use of our limbs and being in our right faculties, but most of all, dear Father, we thank You for a right mind; a mind to serve You in spirit and in truth. 

All blessings, honor and glory belong to You; it’s due You for You are the sovereign one; the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

We come to You heavenly father with thanks giving in our hearts knowing that You and only You are able to supply our every need; to equip us to run this race, to defeat everything that comes up against us, everything that is not like You.  Lord we thank You for the provision that You've given.

Dear God, we thank You for Your great, everlasting faithfulness and unfailing love through Jesus Christ.  We thank You for Your goodness and for Your mercy.    Lord, we want to say thank You for all that You've done and for all that You’re going to do.

Lord we thank You for a made up mind to serve You, to consecrate ourselves to You.  King David asked, what can I offer for all Your many benefits unto us.  Your word tells us total allegiance to You.  Help us Lord to submit totally to You; our hearts, minds, body and soul – we give it all to You to use for Your will and Your good pleasure.  Lord because You are the center of our joy, make it our pleasure to submit to You.  We want to be willing servants, ready to do Your will.

Help us dear Lord to be able to say, "Today, from henceforth, I will separate myself from everything to serve You, because You have loved me."

Lord create in me a clean heart, a pure heart so that no iniquity is present within me.  Touch my ears to be able to hear Your voice, enable my mouth to speak those things that You would have me say, cleanse my hands so that I can work for You, strengthen my feet so that I can go where You lead me.
If ever we needed You, it is now Lord  - as we wait on and receive instruction from You.  Open our heart and ears to hear and receive Your word.

Oh, Lord, we love You because You first loved us and purchased our pardon way back on Calvary; even then knowing that You had a work for us to do.

You are our precious redeemer, and we pray that You bind us closer Lord to You.  Every hour of every day,  we pray that You send Your power, because we can’t make it without You.   Lord, help us to be strong and of good courage knowing that You will never leave us nor forsake us.  You’ll be with us, You will lead us and guide us in the direction that we’re to take.

Lord, we recognize that it is no goodness of our own, that it is nothing that we did or said; it’s not because of our mother or our father, we owe it all to the grace, love and mercy that You have for us.  And so dear Lord, it is an honor and a privilege to come before You.

Dear heavenly father, in the name of Jesus, we plead the blood against everything that is not like You.  We ask that You command Your angels to guard us in all our ways; in our comings and in our goings; to protect us from all hurt, harm and danger; of those things seen and unseen.

Dear God, we thank You for great and everlasting faithfulness!  We thank You for Your goodness and for Your mercy.  We know that when we walk in obedience according to Your word that You will supply every need we have according to Your riches in glory.   We thank You for providing the living water that flows through us.  It is through You that we live, move and have our being.

We need You, oh God, in our lives.  Remember all of those who are suffering both physically and mentally.  We pray, oh Lord God that You bring peace and deliverance to those that are troubled, that You bring comfort to those in sorrow, healing to those who are sick.  Lord, we speak those things that are not as if they were; we are stretching out in faith in Your name, Jesus!  We pray in the precious name of Jesus that You bind everything that is not like You.  Help us O God to keep our minds stayed on You.

Lift us up in Your righteous hand and help us not to grow weary while doing good, help us not to faint while fighting this fight.  Keep us dear Lord; we know that You are able because all power belongs to You! 

Give us increased faith, Lord God, when we call on You, to know that You will rescue us; that You will protect us and keep our minds in perfect peace.  Help our unbelief.  Help us to remain steadfast in You so that when we call upon You, You will not only hear our cry from above but You’ll answer us, You’ll be with us and deliver us in our times of trouble. 

Keep the desire in us to always desire to be available to You; to do Your will, to serve You as humble servants; grateful that You called us out of a world filled with sin and shame.  Help us to walk upright before You, use us Lord; help us to present ourselves to a dying world as ambassadors, as beacons on a hill, as shining lights, and servants;  all for Your manifested glory; never forgetting that we are saved to help save and to be a blessing to others.  

And now, Lord we pray that even as You be within us that You be with us, that You lead us and guide us, give us wisdom and knowledge to speak and act according to Your will; that we may be laborers in Your field; that Your manifested glory be revealed through us dear God. 

We ask all these things and we thank You for all things, in Jesus' wonderful name we pray, amen

In closing, I want to leave this final scripture with You:

But You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for You – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.  Friends, this world is not Your home, so don't make Yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge Your ego at the expense of Your soul.  Live an exemplary life among the natives so that Your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.  I Peter 2:9-12  (The Message)

I pray that all minds are clear and that something was said to encourage us to go on in Jesus' name. 

God's blessings to you . . .

Elder C. L. Henry 


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