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A Clean Heart
by Brian Leshley
04/01/10
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‘Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within my heart.’ Psalm 51:10

To me this strikes a chord. By trusting in the Lord we allow Him to work with us, as clay, by creating a clean heart. What does this mean? We are sinners before God. And our willingness to admit and repent will wash our sins as white as snow. Jesus said ‘repent for the kingdom of the Lord is near.’ I agree, the kingdom of the Lord is not only near, but it is HERE.

Jesus was teaching that God is ever present in the moment we live in now. We must clear and cleanse our heart of the egotistical tendency to be self-absorbed and give it all to Him. Now is the time for our presence in the Lord. We can not wait.

In order to renew a right spirit we must repent—that is, turn from our current lives and follow His holy path. God chose a path for us and we are meant to follow it. Too few times do we see God’s plan for us and when we follow that path we find clarity we never experienced before.

God is an on time God and He truly has a plan. His plan is now and we have a true choice. God will not force His plan; we can choose. However, when we choose we also choose all that goes along with our choice. With God our path is opened for us; not always easy, but it does become open. With complete commitment and trust the door will open and the visitor is always Jesus, saying, “Believe and be alive!”

When we pray Psalm 51:10 we are asking God to clear our hearts of all the stuff we use to clutter the word of God—stress, worry, jealousy and fear, to name a few. We want nothing to place a barrier between ourselves and Him. Upon cleansing through prayer and repentance God will assist in renewing our spirit, to make it right in His eyes.

Keep in mind that in order to clean our heart, God may have to scrub the tougher parts that hold on. This will not be easy, and He never promised it would be. Sometimes the pressure is too much to manage and we want to give up; it is at these times when we must be steadfast in our resolve to let God do His work on us. He is the master sculptor and architect of our lives. Michelangelo stated that he did not create David. David was already there when he began the sculpture; he just chipped away the excess. God does the same for us—we are already there, He just needs to chip away the pieces that are not needed. Let go and let God.

Living with God in our lives is the secret to true success, regardless of the path He has chosen. We may not have glamorous jobs and our lives will not be peaches and cream everyday, but we will be walking in the light. Darkness was not meant for the children of God. Creating a bond and a personal relationship with Jesus is our greatest action on a daily basis. Sharing the good news of Jesus through right action and right words is the best way to express the love of God in the world. Hope and trust in the Lord and we will pass through the storms of this life.

Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.

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