When people look at us, what do they see, can they see the Spirit of God flowing in us? About 95% of who we are should show evidence of the Holy Spirit within us. The other 5% should be fighting to have that same make-up.
I say this because we deal with different situations in our lives, where God’s working is not always evident, yet we should be fighting to “die to ourselves” and live completely for Christ. We don’t base our reality on ever passing moods and emotions, rather it is the truth in God’s word that we stand on, by our faith.
King David’s life had so much integrity. It wasn’t his faults that made him, but his integrity and honesty.
One might say that’s easy right? The Lord knows everything about us- “O Lord, You have examined me…You know my thoughts…You know what I am going to say before I even say it.” (Ps 139:1-4)
True, The Lord does know us. He created each and every one of us -Psalm 139:13-16. Yet David was honest about himself to himself.
Whenever, he was wrong, he would evaluate himself. He had a repentant heart towards God. In David’s Psalms, we see him encouraging himself, rebuking himself, and CONSTANTLY reminding himself that the Lord was on his side, when he walked in OBEDIENCE and was FAITHFUL to God.
David didn’t object to any punishment and confessed his sins before the Lord. There were consequences, yet he wanted no one to suffer on account of him. His love for the Lord was extraordinary, and he was a man after God’s own heart. (1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22)
Let’s evaluate ourselves for a moment, like King David would do:
- Are we honest with ourselves in what we can and cannot do? (Rom 7:18-24, 2Cor 13:5)
- Do we grumble when we don’t get our way? (Phil 2:14, James 5:9)
- Do we acknowledge our sin, and ask God to forgive us? Even the people we hurt? (Ps 32:5, 51:3)
- Do we love others and take the blame for our own mistakes? (2 Sam 24:17, Eph 4:2-3, Rom 13:8)
King David was blessed because he trusted and humbled himself before the Lord. We can take this example from David and live victoriously in Christ, knowing that our shortcomings make us stronger. The POWER of Christ rest on those in Christ. We must decrease so the Spirit of God can increase in us. (2 Cor19:9)
Today is the day of salvation.