Saturday, December 20, 2014

An Unimaginable Thought!

Have you ever felt like you’ve been tossed aside because you were despicable? This week’s verse may be one of the most distressing verses in Psalm 51, if read with an old covenant mindset.

Psalm 51:11 (NIV) 
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Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Psalm 51:11 (New Century Version NCV) / for meditation purposes
Do not send me away from you
or take your Holy Spirit away from me.

Thank you for joining us as we continue making our way through Psalm 51, one verse per week.

Old covenant saints had a limited understanding of the Holy Spirit and sometimes feared losing His presence. I can’t think of anything more despairing or unimaginable than the thought of being cast from God’s presence, can you?

Thankfully, that is the furthest thing from God’s heart – even when we’ve sinned against Him. On the contrary, what God desires most is for us to go to Him, confess our faults and receive His mercy! Today, under the new covenant, Jesus promises to never leave or forsake us.

Rather than believing (and therefore, reacting as if) God is withdrawing from you, draw near to Him by reading and meditating on His Word. The more time you spend with God, the more His nearness becomes evident. And the more you get to know Him, the more you become convinced He will never ever cast you away from His presence. Not ever.

Emotions lie. God’s mercy, faithfulness, and compassion are real – for you … today … right now!

Let’s pray:

Father, I come before You asking You to give us, during this Christmas season, and every season following, a knowledge of Your true nature – the reality of Your unconditional love. Please, Lord, help us open our hearts to receive that love. And also, Father, enable us to go to You when we need You most – during our times of failure. 
Amen! So be it!!

As always, I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.

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