His Life-Changing Grace
Philippians 2:13 (NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
This is the definition of Grace, it’s not a free pass to sin, but His power within you giving you the desires and ability to do what pleases Him!
As you read Psalm 51 you hear the heart of David. Though he committed a horrendous sin that few could pardon, he felt it’s sting and it hurt deeply. As He sought the mercy and forgiveness of God, he also realized his own inadequacy and inability to change the depravity of his own heart.
There’s such encouragement in these verses. We have all failed in so many ways. Our nature is innately drawn to self gratification, yet…as the supernatural begins to take precedence over the natural, the transformation begins…
It all comes down to what we are focused on and where we seek for pleasure. Oh, there’s many things in this earth that sparkle and are dangled before us on a daily basis, but what do we allow to turn our head and steal our heart? The fruit of your desires will eventually become evident in your life.
God has given us a way of escape from the control and manipulation of the enemy, but it comes down to, what are you feeding your soul? If you think negative thoughts about someone on a regular basis, the fruit can become hatred and in some cases murder. If you feed it porn and submit to your lustful thoughts, the fruit will eventually become fornication and promiscuity.
God will understand right? God does not make provision for our sins, but He does give us a way out! He knows we are incapable of purity and holiness of our own ability but…by HIS Spirit!!! We can achieve what mere flesh never could!!! There’s a place of relationship with Jesus where flesh is crushed till all that’s left is His glory, presence, nature and love! It doesn’t happen over night, we couldn’t handle it if it did…and we will never arrive to perfection, but with a heart that’s truly desiring change, holiness and becoming pleasing to God above all else…there’s a grace that digs to the depths of our souls and brings purity that years of self improvement never could!
Stop trying and start washing your mind with God’s Word, seek a deeper relationship with Jesus and cry out for holy desires and purity of heart! You will then begin to experience His life changing grace!
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Psalm 51:1-10 (TPT) God, give me mercy from your fountain of forgiveness! I know your abundant love is enough to wash away my guilt! Because your compassion is so great, take away this shameful guilt of sin. Forgive the full extent of my rebellious ways, and erase this deep stain on my conscience. For I’m so ashamed. I feel such pain and anguish within me. I can’t get away from the sting of my sin against you, Lord! Everything I did, I did right in front of you, for you saw it all. Against you, and you above all, have I sinned. Everything you say to me is infallibly true and your judgment conquers me. Lord, I have been a sinner from birth, from the moment my mother conceived me. I know that you delight to set your truth deep in my spirit. So come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom. Purify my conscience! Make this leper clean again! Wash me in your love until I am pure in heart. Satisfy me in your sweetness, and my song of joy will return. The places you have crushed within me will rejoice in your healing touch. Hide my sins from your face; erase all my guilt by your saving grace. Keep creating in me a clean heart. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.