Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Do you struggle with imperfection?
Do you struggle with weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings, that you know are SIN?
Do you, like me, sincerely repent of these sins, only to go and do them again?
Do you, like I do, struggle with feeling unworthy and condemned, yet you can’t seem to change these behaviours?
My addictive behaviour.
I struggle with addictive behaviours, usually something on the iPad that gets my attention. It’s often something creative, like digital art or designing houses, and many people would say that they don’t see that as a problem, and certainly not sin.
I know that it’s sin, when I sit for hours and end up in pain; or when I eat late and go to bed late, which results in exhaustion.
It’s not the activity itself that is sinful, but the addiction to it. God hates what it does to me.
I always repent, but then I do it again, and again. And I feel such a failure. I often feel unworthy and condemned, and I wonder if Jesus will take me in the rapture.
I’m sure many of you can relate to struggling with behaviours that you know are sinful. And I’m sure, like me, many of you struggle with feelings of condemnation and failure.
It’s important to confess and repent of our sins and failures.
It’s equally important to draw close to Jesus, who died for us, and forgives us.
He will set us free, if we seek him earnestly.
Praying about these issues this morning, I received a wonderful, encouraging word from Jesus, which I know will speak to many people who are struggling.
I pray this word will comfort and encourage you.
I understand your weaknesses, my child, my beloved.
I know your failures and your struggles.
I know your desire is for me, and your desire is to be righteous and holy, to be perfect.
You can’t do this of yourself, as you know.
Be patient, for I am working in you.
I’m not waiting for you to be perfect, before I come for you.
That is why you will be transformed when I come, for no one is perfect, whilst living on this earth and in your corruptible bodies.
Perfection will not happen until you are physically transformed, or until you die and are with me in heaven.
I know this.
I look on your heart, and I see your desire is for me.
You desire truth, and wholeness.
You desire to be perfect.
Don’t be ashamed.
I don’t condemn you, for you are clothed with my righteousness, and my righteousness completely covers your unrighteousness.
You are clean, my beloved.
Your garments are pure and white.
All evil, and all unrighteousness, will fall away from you!
You will know this when you are transformed, and your rejoicing, which will already be overflowing and uncontainable, will increase greatly, with the knowing that you are totally free from everything that hindered you: from all imperfection!
You will know, on that day, that you are truly mine!
You will know that you have been made perfect, and that your perfection is a gift from me.
You will know what it really means to be free!
You will not even have the capability to sin: all potential to sin will be gone, in an instant!
You will be compelled to worship me, for your gratitude and love will be exploding out of you!
Oh my bride, I know you!
I know how you will feel on that day and what you will do!
And you know it too! You just don’t yet know the fullness of joy you will feel! You can’t know it yet, for until you are transformed, you won’t know what it feels to be clean, and free.
Yet this is what you long for!
I know your desire is for me, and your desire is to be worthy.
Your desire is to be perfect.
This is what I see!
I don’t see your failures, though I know them.
I see you, my beloved bride: you who I died for, you who I love!
I see you as perfect.
You are not condemned.
You are pure, clean, and white as snow!
You are spotless: my spotless bride, without crease or wrinkle.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?
Do you have a personal relationship with him?
If not, do you realise your need for him?
Have you become lukewarm in your walk, and realise your need to recommit your life to Jesus?
Here is a prayer you can say.
Dear Jesus, I am a sinner, and I need you. I thank you for going to the cross to die for me, and for rising again.
I am sorry for everything I have ever done wrong, and I ask you to please wash me clean. I ask you to come into my life to be my Lord and saviour, and I surrender to You.
Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and make me whole. Help me to trust you; help me to love you; help me to live for you. Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen
Whenever we do wrong after this, we need to say we’re sorry and ask for his forgiveness. We need to ask Jesus to help us to change.
Talk to him every day, and listen to him, as he wants to talk to you!
Get a bible: I suggest you begin by reading the Gospels and the Psalms. This will help you to get to know God.
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you.
Jesus doesn’t promise to make life perfect, in fact there may be more hardship and suffering in following him, but he does promise to give us a purpose and a future: a reason to live!
For more, see this post.
Please let me know, in the comments below, if you have given your life to Jesus, so I can pray for you.