Welcome to Faith Chapel—what an exciting day for us as we launch Faith Chapel Gardner!! I can’t wait to see all that God is going to do in that city! Let’s continue to pray for Pastor Andrew and Sara, and their team as they move forward planting the word of God in the lives and hearts of people.
This is also an exciting week because we are beginning our reLentless pursuit of God… our Ash Wednesday service that will help us pause, reflect, and consider the sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross, and what small sacrifice we can make during these next 40 days of Lent. I hope you’re planning to join us for this service and enter in to all that this time means and represents.
Today, I will continue with my message about how it is we obtain a pure heart, one that is clean and clear of sin, bondage, anxious thoughts, bad attitudes and is focused on honoring God, devoted to Him and His will for us. As we have been looking at the life of David, his sin, and his repentance, we notice he asks God for a clean heart. In Psalm 51:10—we read David’s request—”God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
To create a new heart is the same word used in Genesis where is speaks of God making something that was not there previously; causing something to exist where there was nothing before. So, David is not asking for a revamped, or a rebuilt heart, he is asking God for something that was not previously in existence. A CLEAN heart, single-minded, with a whole-hearted devotion to God . That’s what I want, too...do you??