Psalm 51:10 (NASB) Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
"When are you going to shave that thing off?" Each winter, I grow a beard to keep my face warmer in the cold weather, and each winter, my mother-in-law asks me the same question. Today's verse speaks of creating a clean heart within ourselves and renewing a steadfast spirit. I got to thinking as my mother-in-law asked me again, how we can change our outward appearance? Getting a new haircut or different clothing for starters. We can even change things like where we live and what we do for a living, but when it comes to true change, our heart must be the part of ourselves that needs an attitude adjustment. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, there should be a heart change... a turning away from the things of our former life and a turning to Him. That's what repentance is all about. When I hear men say that they have made a few New Year’s resolutions, I can’t help but think that what we really need is a heart resolution. Maybe we need to spend less time at the gym and more time with Him to truly change our hearts. Maybe God is asking us, "When are we going to get rid of that?"
Application:Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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