Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wouldn’t You Feel the Same Way?

God would rather us be sorry for what we’ve done (to the point that our hearts are broken before Him with regret for our sin) than just doing the easier act of offering sacrifices.

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Even if you were to donate your cherished car to charity, or if you were to not see the boy you’ve been immoral with for the next two weekends as an act of penance, but you weren’t genuinely sorry for your sin, those sacrifices would mean nothing to our heavenly Father.

Wouldn’t you feel the same way, if it were your child?

This week, we will be focusing on two verses again, as we continue to make our way through Psalm 51.

Psalm 51:16.17 NIV
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, 
      or I would bring it; 
       you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
       a broken and contrite heart you, 
         God, will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17 (VOICE) / for meditation purposes
16 I would surrender my dearest possessions or destroy all that I prize to prove my regret,
      but You don’t take pleasure in sacrifices or burnt offerings.

17 What sacrifice I can offer You is my broken spirit
      because a broken spirit, O God,
       a heart that honestly regrets the past,
        You won’t detest.

These are great verses to memorize and/or meditate on. This week, spend a lot of time on them and see what happens in your heart and spirit!

Prayer:
Father, help me to be broken before You with honest regret for my sin. Show me when I am going through the motions of offering sacrifices just to ease my guilt for what I’ve done. I pray for the kind of repentance that reflects genuine respect for You and Your ways.

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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4 comments:

  1. I just had time to glance over your post the day you posted it; so, I came back to review it. Wow! When I really slow down and look at these scriptures they are incredible. You know Sheryl, I can see me easily offering my most valued possessions for penance. How easy that would actually be, but to offer a broken and and contrite heart, a heart that truly despises my sins and turns to God for forgiveness and healing.... This I have to pray and ask God to work in me the desire to turn from my sins without looking back.

    And I hope people reading this don't just think this is because I am so evil and deep into sin, but because I am human and I think this speaks to all of us...if we would just look in side and ask God to show us our heart. It is easy to see other peoples sins and how they need to change, but looking at our own heart is something I think we all want to avoid. If we are not seeing ourselves in this, we need to fall on our face before God because we are no better then the hypocrite who prayed thank God I am not like that guy...

    Psalm 51:16.17 NIV
    16 You do not delight in sacrifice,
    or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

    17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart you,
    God, will not despise.

    Psalm 51:16-17 (VOICE)
    16 I would surrender my dearest possessions or destroy all that I prize to prove my regret,
    but You don’t take pleasure in sacrifices or burnt offerings.

    17 What sacrifice I can offer You is my broken spirit
    because a broken spirit, O God,
    a heart that honestly regrets the past,
    You won’t detest.

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    1. So true, Barbara. Repentance is so deep (and genuine) -- or at least it should be deep. Deep in meaning between God and ourselves, and between those we have sinned against and ourselves.

      Thank you for stopping by! I love hearing your insights!

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  2. I am so thankful that God even works in us the will to do His will. Even repentance itself is a gift of God -- praise Him! Without that, like Barbara said, we would surely all be in big trouble.

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    1. It is so nice to see you again, Sheila! Isn't God amazingly amazing in His goodness?
      I would be surely be in trouble without His loving grace.
      Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you again. ;)

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