What a contrast!
(“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way!” Psalm 139:23, 24
What a contrast there is between a man of this world–and a child of God!
The one wishes to avoid the scrutiny of God–and the other desires and prays for it.
The one loves sin, and cherishes it–the other abhors sin, and desires to be delivered from it.
The one walks hand in hand with iniquity–the other grieves that he bears about with him a body of sin and death.
It is the earnest desire of all who are born of God, and made partakers of the Divine nature–to be delivered from the power of sin that dwells in them. They would have no lust spared–and no corruption unmortified.
Chosen by the Father in eternity past,
redeemed by the precious blood of Christ and justified freely by His grace
–they would also be sanctified by His Spirit.
They would be holy as He is holy–and their desires will eventually be satisfied! He who has begun a good work in them, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. He will present them “faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy!”
“Search me, O God, and try my thoughts,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
And keep my conscience clear!
“Make me to walk in Your commands,
‘Tis a delightful road;
Nor let my head, or heart, or hands,
Offend against my God!”
“The desire of the righteous will be granted!” Proverbs 10:24
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001