Friday January 20, 2017 Steadfast

A pure heart create for me, God, put a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not drive me from Your presence, nor deprive me of your Holy Spirit.  Psalm 51:12-13

I think of these verses often in my prayer life.  Like David, I ask for God to be patient with me especially when I know I can do better.  When I lose patience, become resentful, or just too tired to be pure of heart… I beg the Lord to put a steadfast spirit within me.  I want to be God’s child but my humanity wins out far too often.  When this occurs, I am not only anxious but afraid.  How can I make it without the Holy Spirit?

Jesus knew human weaknesses.  He told me, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners”.  Luke 5:32.   That is my consolation when I fail to live up to the standards Jesus taught while He walked on this earth.  I think of all who pulled at Jesus, constantly begging Him to do something for them, He never was unkind or impatient.  The only time He ever lost His temper was at the temple when the people there had turned God’s house into a common market.   Jesus remained steadfast in His commitment to His disciples and the job that God sent Him to do.

There are no end of options in this life… a smorgasbord of life decisions that will lead me to hell, to heaven and everywhere in between.  David and I ask today for the steadfast spirit that will allow me to see my God, face to face someday.

Lord, I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit and beg You to always plant a steadfast spirit of obedience in my heart.  Give me the courage to overcome my own weaknesses and selfish desires.  I know I am a sinner and trust Jesus words that indeed He came for me. 

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