We are all Broken
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent .
Such people will stand firm forever.
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? What a brazen question to bring before the throne. Simple but profound. Reading through Psalm 15 I am reminded of how we impact each other and the world with words and interactions. For the "church" to influence the world we must strive for unity and submission to God's will and model this in daily life. Revival is more than a Sunday shout and feel good. Awakening influences every area of life.
Speaking truth from sincere hearts into the world is one of the most effective ways to shine the light and spread the gospel.
There is a common theme I hear often in church circles. And to be honest I have used it in the past.
"We are all broken"
While I agree with this statement, I believe the body of Christ has defined the phrase by the expectation of the world and not through the power of the cross.
We are broken for a purpose but not to be passive. It is so easy to relax and pick up the norms and standards of the world but we are called to be set apart. Jesus is the light destined to fill the tiny spaces exposed to the world. His Grace is courageous not full of condemnation.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7
We are fragile jars of clay but the frailty is not powerless. Meekness is not weakness. The Holy Spirit empowers our weakness and transforms it into strength. The weakness was meant to be an encouragement to believers and a witness to the world. As the Spirit moves it is a visible reminder of the power and goodness of God.
Our supernatural muscles are built tough as we exercise the freedom to walk away from sin and submit to the will of the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. God created us to be strong in the power of His might, walking bold as a lion, wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. The weapons of our warfare do not cover retreat. Our shield is sturdy and firm in the push back position. Loving each other and finding delight as we honor instead of attack strengthens our spirit man and kills the flesh.
Psalm 15 reminds us when we cling to gossip instead of returning truth we are saying there is not enough power in God to transform words. Just because it is common in the church does not mean it is acceptable to God.
"We are purposed and positioned to keep the promises of God even when it hurts."
I am purposed and positioned to keep the promises of God even when it hurts. I take the pain into the secret place and the Father uses it to work the clay. I am shaped and molded each time I choose His ways and say "NO" to the ways of the world.
Turning away from the norm of the world doesn't feel right at first because Satan blinds the light. But God is faithful as we walk through the trial. We can choose to worship the Lord and enter His presence. He longs to set us on a hill for the world to witness His goodness and mercy.
"You and I are strong in the Lord and there is a destiny waiting to be fulfilled as we stand determined to keep the promises of God even when it hurts!"
"Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right speaking the truth from sincere hearts."