Lately my cry has been Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. It seems like I am encountering situations that are making my fleshly side sit up at attention. I’m recognizing my reactions and responses, and I know that God is not pleased. Honestly, I’m not pleased!
I was just thanking God for my progress and celebrating my spiritual growth. I was looking at others and gauging how well I was doing based on what they were still working on. God checked me like only He can. He showed me just how much further I have to go. The Lord showed me that I wasn’t as together as I thought I was.
I am now spending quality time in prayer asking God to cleanse my heart and make me more like Him. I realized that God was allowing certain circumstances to happen to show me the places where I still need work and deliverance. He allowed things to come that annoy me, aggravate me, and pull me out of my comfort zone. All these occurrences highlighted places where I was spiritually lacking. They shined lights on the corners of my heart that aren’t fully swept clean.
I can only be grateful. My God loves me so much that He wants me to be the best I can be! He cares that I embody His love fully, and that I live my life as a total witness to what His transforming power can do.
Don’t lose heart when God allows you to go through His purifying fire. Yes, it is painful to see our faults. It is difficult to deny our flesh in order to change into the image of Christ. Our flesh doesn’t want to follow God’s ways, and it chafes under His pruning hand.
However, there is joy in knowing that we are living in a way that pleases the Father! There is peace when we know that our every action brings a smile to His face! It also boots our witness when we can share honestly how the Word has changed us and transformed us into new creatures.
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8 KJV)
Create in me a clean heart. Take away the spirit of pride that would deceive me into thinking I have it all together. My righteousness is nothing compared to Your holiness. Show me how to further take on Your image. Thank You for the strength to continue to grow and change for the better. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stay in the fire! Don’t give in. You’re being made into His image. You can become the beautiful beings (inside and out) that God created you to be.
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Tiara Wilkinson serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. Tiara hosts a daily inspirational blog, “My Morning Ti”, which encourages Christians in their walk with the Lord. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.