Friday, October 14, 2011

Art of Living #49

Åґ☂ ◎ḟ ʟ☤√ḯη❡ #49 : "26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you...29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses." (Ezek 36:26, 29).
Ѧ℘☺﹩☂◎łḯ¢ €ϰ℘øüηḓ : We know from the life of David the man of God that when he fell in to adultery and murder, to cover it up he stayed silent away from the presence of God in condemnation for many many months, till finally God through His prophet Nathan convicted David of his sin (2 Samuel 12:1-5). The moment he got convicted, he confessed to Nathan the Phophet, "I have sinned against the Lord." Here we see that David the man after God's own heart was able to live without confessing his sin for so many months together before a prophet arrives to convict David of his sin. God had to reach out through a prophet because the personal ministry of the Holy Spirit came only in the New Testament (John 16:7-15). O what a privilege to have the Holy Spirit as the convictor, guide, comforter, helper and stand-by, all in one person of the Holy Spirit to reach out to us and disciple us just like Jesus personally discipled his followers two thousand years ago.

When David sinned, he felt so miserable until the day he confessed his sin which he commited in secret to God and His prophet. Then with a broken heart he cried out to God saying, "10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me." (Psa 51:10-11). In other words when conviction came to his heart so strongly, he immediately thought about his predecessor Saul from whom God took His anointing back and gave it to David when he was young (2 Sam 16:13-14). David knew that without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, he too will have a sad demise like Saul. David knew the importance of the Holy Spirit in such a way, his first cry to God was not to take the Holy Spirit away from him for his mistake. When we value the things of God and want a clean heart, God gets very pleased with us. God heard the poor David's cry to him and did not take the Holy Spirit from Him. But this was in Old Testament period when the Holy Spirit was not permanently given because they were not born again. But now in the New Testament, God has once and for all time has thrown all our past, present and future sins behind His back forever because of what Jesus has done for us on the Cross (Heb 10:12, 17; Eph 4:32; Psa 103:12; Isa 38:17). So we need not cry to God now like David saying, "Create in me a clean heart O God" because God has already given us all "a new heart and put a new spirit within" us with a promise that God Himself will deliver us progressively from all our uncleannesses. And neither do we have to fear like David and say to God, "Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me." For God himself has promised us all, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Heb 13:5). O what a privilege we have in the New Testament of Jesus. Praise God!

The one responsibility that God has given to all the New Covenant saints is to confess their sins as soon as possible and be cleansed from their present sin inorder to continue in the conscious fellowship with God through His Presence (1 John 1;7, 9). If we fail to confess our sins when the Holy Spirit convicts us and then live in the lack of the consciousness of the Presence of God, then we will become miserable as David was in his life until he chose to confess his sins to God and His prophet. I myself have felt greatly miserable in my past life, until I started to understand the great privilege of the New Covenant (1 John 2:1-2). Once we confess our sins to God, God not only forgives our sins but cleases us from all unrighteousness. Then with a cleansed conscience without a single spot of our old sin, we can joyfully serve the living God as though we have never done that sin in our past life (Heb 9:14). Many believers who neglect to develop this simple habit of confessing to the Lord when they sin, get in to great condemnation of the devils to finally cause ship wreck of their faith that God had given them (1 Tim 1:19). WE SHOULD BE WISE TO NOT ONLY UNDERSTAND THE GREATNESS OF THE NEW COVENANT OF JESUS, BUT ALSO APPLY IT ALL IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIFE TO BE BLESSED ABUNDANTLY AND BE A BLESSING TO MANY OTHERS. The faster we confess our sins to God, the better it is for us to walk in the consciousness of God's Presence and fellowship without any hindrance and condemnation from the enemy of our soul. Praise the Lord!

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Å℘◎﹩☂øł☤ḉ ℚυ◎тℯṧ : "God's ears are big enough to hear all our cries at the same time when we call Him with a clean heart." — Abraham Israel

"With our confession we draw near to God through the blood of Jesus, when God hears he draws near to us with His Presence." — Abraham Israel

Ḡґℯαт ℚυø⊥εṧ : "Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other." — Lewis B. Smedes

“A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love.” — Mother Teresa

"Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it." — Martin Luther.

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