Ozark Christian Living

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Do-Right, Mr. Clean

September 1

"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."   Proverbs 25:28

"A clean heart renders us right with man, a right spirit renders us clean with GOD;"

 

Our spirit is critical to every facet of our existence.  It is gyroscopic by nature, and every bit as delicate and instrumental to our destination.  Bump it, even ever so slightly, and the course of your life immediately becomes erratic.  The spirit of man is not merely high maintenance, it is who we are, our very essence.  “And you hath HE quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” Pre-salvation, our spirit is stillborn, the murder victim of our father Adam.  “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the SPIRIT in the bond of peace.”  Once revived in CHRIST however, ours is inhabited by HIS SPIRIT, and we are charged with HIS keep.  "And grieve not the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."  Sin spends its days and nights building siege ramps against our lives; and if not repelled, it rushes in and becomes the great Goliath to our spirit. 

"Quench not the Spirit.”  Of a truth, our relationship with HIS SPIRIT, or the absence thereof, is the sole determinant of our spirit, our spiritual condition, and thus our life and eternity.  “Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; and renew a right spirit within me.”  King David, in his sin with Bathsheba, learned this law of the spirit the hard way.  But from the ashes of another’s sin, is the opportunity to benefit from it.  Three good morals from David's own words and the lack of rule he exerted over his own spirit are:

  1. “Create … O GOD”  A clean heart and a right spirit are the supernatural work of the only ONE WHO holds creational power.

  2. “in me”  A clean heart and a right spirit must be personal.  The humble agreement with GOD over sin is the key to unlock HIS creative power. 

  3. “and renew”  A clean heart and a right spirit is the CREATOR’S most renewable resource of grace and life.

A clean heart renders us right with man, a right spirit renders us clean with GOD; and when these are in place in our lives, they are unmistakable on every plane!

“Keep yourselves in the love of GOD, looking for the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST unto eternal life.”


For Love of Country
 Cotton Mather  (1663-1728)
(Colonial Clergyman)
"The sum of the matter is that from the beginning of the Reformation in the English nation, there had always been a generation of godly men, desirous to pursue the reformation of religion, according to the Word of GOD .... [The Puritans were] driven to seek a place for the exercise of the Protestant religion, according to the light of conscience, in the deserts of America."

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