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I had to make a long trip to Houston TX from Panguich UT. During this five day 3,000 mile round trip I spoke to a few friends and family members. While listening to them speak, a couple of my friends and family stopped going to church or have been feeling that they were in a strange place with God. As I was speaking to them, I felt the Holy Spirit putting this pressing matter on my heart. This is why I am writing this short sermon to help them and many others understand that we all go through this. It happened in both the Old and New Testament. It still happens today, even for priests. We get in the daily grind of life and sometimes we feel that the world just wants to keep us down. This is normal though. So I want to share two bible verses and talk to you about them today.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
The word create used here rendered is to donate a act of creating something that was never there. David wanted God to erect a constant spirit within him. David knew he needed God’s help because dealings with his heart and inner being was far greater than himself. He begged God to not abandon him.
I love this verse of Psalm 51 becase like David, many of us know that something is missing in our lives. We either cannot put our finger on it or know it is God. We then justify and make reasons why it could be something else. We have trouble in understanding why we feel empty inside ourselves and try to fill that void with worldly things. This has happened to me in the past and I know it happens to people everyday. When you feel the emptiness inside of yourself, petition to God like David did! Tell God to create in you a clean heart and renew your faith in Him. Ask for the Holy spirit to come into your heart and make you brand new. Being a Christian is about constantly improving yourself and growing with and in God. Like David you must be willing to ask for help.
Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,
Jeremiah is weeping in the darkness. He wants renewal of Israels old days. He wanted God to restore their former state. To regain their country, temple, and most importantly Gods favor to the nation of Israel. This cry out for God to renew what has been lost is a beautiful thing to me. Jeremiah is weeping from the depths of himself and showing God his everything. He knew they needed renewal and prayed and weeped for God to give His people, His favor again. Have any of you weeped to God lately? Have you petitioned to him so sincerely that you have nothing left in you? I know this sounds strange, but God wants all of you. He wants your sincerity! I tell people “how can you expect to receive from God, when you are not willing to give him your entire heart and soul?” This is a simple statement for a simple problem.
I just wanted to share this with you today because it weighed heavy on my heart. Please do not let your emptiness linger. Its OK for this to happen to you. You are not alone and it happens to us all from time to time. I just want you to find a quiet place today, whether it is your closet, restroom, or even your car. Lift your hands up high to the Glory of His Majesty. Pray from the bottom of your heart for God to restore your faith and to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Allow him into your heart again and to restore your faith. If David and Jeremiah could do it, nothing in this world can stop you but you. Please have a blessed day and I hope I helped someone today.