"Surrender & Forgiveness" - Saturday, June 25th
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit …. O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise …. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:12, 15, 17
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Of all the things that are connected with forgiveness, the one that underlies them all is surrender. Actually, surrender is our fundamental response to God that leads to approaching life as an ongoing journey of additional response to God moment after moment after moment. Surrender is saying that God is God and I am not. Surrender is saying that I was created to exist for God’s pleasure and purposes. Surrender is saying that God does not exist for me. Surrender is saying God is not merely a resource for helping me with the fulfillment of my own pleasure and purposes.
When the journey of life is about responding to God in surrender and obedience, forgiveness becomes a means of course adjustment when we get off track. Conviction of our sinful failure leads to godly sorrow. Godly sorrow leads to honest and open confession. Honest and open confession leads to forgiveness and cleansing. Forgiveness and cleansing leads to being back on track with God. And being back on track with God restores us to the place of being truly surrendered to his will. When we are truly surrendered to God and his will, we are back to living life properly. Living life properly is all about living life in full anticipation of opportunity after opportunity for responding to God in all that he is doing in our lives and in all that he is calling us to be and do for his honor and glory.
Without true surrender our reason for seeking forgiveness is mostly because we feel sorry for ourselves. We pursue forgiveness to relieve our feeling of guilt. We pursue forgiveness so we can feel better about our lives. We pursue forgiveness so we can get back to a place of perceived favor with God. We think this will lead to him serving and working on our behalf again so that we can succeed at fulfilling the pleasure and purposes we have adopted for ourselves. Read today’s Scripture again in the light of what we have covered today and let it sink in fully.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I see that surrender is all about having a heart that is broken towards you. I know it doesn’t mean a fractured heart that is unable to function in life, but rather having a heart that has “gotten over” self in favor of you. Set me squarely on the path of surrender. May forgiveness in my life be all that it was meant to be so that when needed, you can “restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.” As one who is seeking to live fully for you, I “open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.” Amen!
Posted on Sat, June 25, 2016
by Alan Porter