Read: Psalm 51:10 - “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”

Reflect:

A Jesus follower is loved, forgiven, and redeemed by God, yet still has the ability to sin. But God will not allow His children to remain in sin. He will expose sin through the Holy Spirit using the Word of God. Both Christians and non-Christians sin. The difference is that Christians will grieve over their sin before God. Positionally, God the Father never sees the sin of His children. He sees only the righteousness of Jesus when He sees us. Therefore, our relationship with Him is eternally secure. But practically, our sin still grieves God and hinders our daily fellowship with Him. As Jesus followers, we should be moved to quickly confess our sin, turn from that sin, and see our intimate fellowship with God restored. It is God's responsibility to expose and to convict us of sin in our lives, but sin is never to be our focus. Trying to root out our sins places the emphasis on the sin and not the Savior. We do not avoid sin by focusing on sin. Our focus should be on Christ and our love relationship with Him. Then, when we do choose to sin, He faithfully points it out. It is then our responsibility to quickly agree with Him and turn from that sin. A greater sensitivity to the sin in our lives will allow us to experience more of Him on a personal level.

Prayer for the Day:

God, You are holy, righteous, pure, and blameless. I am in awe today of who You are! I ask for a greater sensitivity to the known sin in my life and for the grace to confess it, turn from it, and fix my eyes on You. Today, create in me a clean heart, O God! I desire to walk in intimate fellowship with You!