Friday, December 21, 2012

"Show Me"

     "Search me, o God, and know my heart.  Try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24).
     "Cleanse Thou me from secret faults" (Psalm 19:12).

    Of the ongoing and lifelong discussions born again believers must have with their Lord, none are more important than the discourse involving the request, "Show me where I am wrong, Heavenly Father."

     We must ask this question in the awareness that we will be subject to temptation throughout our earthly lifetime.  Moreover, our spiritual enemies find subtle ways to inculcate us with darkness if we fail to remember the possibility of deception and distraction from the path of righteousness.  "I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (II Corinthians 11:3).  Wise is the Christian who understands his fleshly proclivity to error.  Deceived already is the Christian blind to his need for God's ongoing searching and cleansing.

     Little more need be said.  Let us simply remember the possibility of thoughts, attitudes, words, deeds, relationships, and ways of relating that may proceed not from the Spirit of Christ within, but from the law of sin that still inhabits our earthly faculties and members (Romans 7:23-25).  May the Lord save us from such.  Remembering our need for His ongoing examination provides the beginning of such deliverance.

"The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
(Hebrews 4:12)

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