Renewed by God
'Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.' Psalm 51:10 NIV
If we were simply a 'spirit-being' our spiritual potential would be unlimited. But we have to constantly contend with our emotions, will and intellect, and with the needs and appetites of our physical body. We can be constantly torn between our spiritual and earthly bodies. Our human nature and desires pull us one way while our spirit yearns to lead us another. We want to follow God and his will, but there's part of us that's always tempted to go the opposite way. When we walk in the 'flesh' rather than the 'spirit', it will take us down the 'wrong' road every time. It's in realising that it's time in his presence that will flame our spirit being that we will take the 'best' road for us.
Paul says: 'Let God transform you...by [renewing] the way you think' (Romans 12:2 NLT). When we begin to think scripturally we begin to live victoriously. We train ourselves, with God's help, to think and act like Christ, and we'll leave behind our earthly desires and thoughts. As we grow spiritually we begin to produce spiritual fruit (see Galatians 5:22).
God's always renewing us, so even when our bodies are failing and souls are weary, 'we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day' (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV).
So what now? King David prayed: 'Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me' (Psalm 51:10 NIV). Don't lose heart! Thank God that he is always renewing you!
Soulfood: Judg 19:16-30 Judg 20 Judg 21:1-25 Matt 18:10-20 Ps 119:97-104 Pro 18:6-8,