Have Mercy Upon Me, O God…
If a remnant can hold all Truth, what can a fully developed body hold; what can it do?
There are no atheist in fox holes. When the Holy Spirit comes over someone there is nothing that can stop a captive from reaching Jesus Christ. Once the decision is made, the bottom has been hit, there is nothing that will keep a person from embracing our Lord, our Savior, the King of kings: Jesus Christ.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
When a person can see their shortcomings, accepts their shortcomings and believes there is a Power greater than themselves, higher than themselves and knows the Truth to set them free, it becomes much easier to introduce them to the Way.
Our shortcomings can, realistically, be forgiven by the Great Redeemer, but they never leave us. They are not a “badge of honor” they are, merely, another stepping stone that leads to mercy and grace. Some of the past is healthy to discuss with others, while some of the past should only shared between the speaker, the listener and the Holy Spirit. The load is lightened when divided by 3.
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. ~Psalm 51:1-6 NKJB
God will always “blot out my transgressions”. What steps do we take afterwards? Who are we as God makes us know wisdom in the hidden part and truth in the inward parts? Time to get serious and quit “acting as if…” and begin “living as if…”
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.