“O Lord make my heart clean this holiday season! Purify my thoughts and actions that they may glorify you!” This is my prayer this Christmas. I desire to make my heart right with God and fully understand all that He wants from me. Psalm 139:23-24 is my cry to “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” This verse needs to me my battle cry in order for me to clean my heart. We can’t do this alone and if we try we will fail every time. Daily this is reminder that God needs to search and I need to surrender all to Him in order for my heart to be made pure again and made white as snow. We are sinners and every day our thoughts and actions will not line up but our hearts should, as we desire for him to point out those weaknesses that do offend Him. Only He will get the glory for your clean heart, this is not of our own doing but through Him and our relationship with HIM. As we allow Him to test and search us, then at that moment He can lead us. This is an ongoing process I have learned to make my heart clean, but so rewarding that we are not in it alone! I love Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.” Verse 12 says “Restore to me again the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you.”
As we draw near to Christmas, our desire to experience the joy of our salvation should be restored. God’s son was born and it is through His birth we can experience life and life abundantly. It is in Christ’s birth and through His crucifixion and resurrection we can have salvation. This is exciting and our hearts should be clean and made right with Him this Christmas. Let’s experience all that Christ has for us this Christmas and not waste a moment on how our life should be defined by the world. Instead rejoice in the truth and as Psalm 51:15 goes on to say, “unseal my lips, O’Lord that I may praise you.” Don’t be silent and give God all of you! Give Him the greatest gift, your heart and let Him receive all the glory this Christmas!
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