Day 5: Repentance Devotional

Day 5: Repentance Devotional

Read: Psalm 51birds

David’s life got off-track because he started doing things his way and going his own direction. Suddenly, he recognized that things had skidded out of control, and that he needed to make things right.
He also realized that he couldn’t do it without God’s help.

Listen to his words:

Cleanse me…wash me…blot out all my iniquity…create in me a clean heart…renew a steadfast spirit within me.(v. 7-12) 

We can mess things up on our own without anyone’s help, but it takes an act of God to get us back on track. We must depend on Him to cleanse us, and wash us, and forgive us.

Too often, we are guilty of trying to clean ourselves up and make ourselves “good” so that we will be acceptable to God—and that is simply not acceptable to God!  Then how are we to come to Him? As the old hymn says: “Just as I am.”
When we come to Him this way, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Getting back on track requires a change of direction—where we stop going our way and start going His way.

Can you identify one area in your life where you might have gotten off track?

2 Comments

  1. Taralynn Tuning

    Trying to stay within the Lords Will is a hard one. But I learned a long time ago that if it is not His Will it is a HUGE mess. So one thing I really try hard to do is NOT doing things my way. I pray before every little thing in life and big decisions I literally pray that the doors slam shut if it is not in His Will. Not saying I never mess up, but I certainly try very hard to pray about everything and stay with His Will. Because life is just more fun that way!

  2. Pastor Mark

    Yes coming just as we are – God who loves us enough to come as we are but loves us too much to leave us that way!

    “Repentance was never yet produced in any man’s heart apart from the grace of God.” (Spurgeon)

    As soon may you expect the leopard to regret the blood on its fangs or the lion of the woods to feel badly about his cruel tyranny over the feeble beasts of the plain, that’s how likely it is to expect the sinner to make any confession, or offer any repentance that shall be accepted of God, unless grace shall first renew the heart.
    Nothing, I say, but the power which made the world, and DUG the foundations of the great deep, can ever make the heart of man a fountain of life from which the floods of repentance may gush forth. So then, soul, if thou shalt ever repent, it must be a repentance, not of nature, but of grace.
    Human Nature can imitate repentance; it can produce remorse; it can generate the feeble resolve; it can even lead to a partial, practical reform…
    Nature may make the eyes weep, but it cannot make the heart bleed.
    Nature can bid you amend your ways, but it cannot renew your heart.
    No, you must look upward, sinner; you must look upward to him who is able to save unto the uttermost. (Most Spurgeon some paraphrased )

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