“I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me; He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me. He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.”
Psalms 101:1-8 NKJV
I am the worst sinner I know. When I last came to God asking for forgiveness, I promised Him that not a day would go by without focusing on Him. Every day, I get into the Word. Every day, I recalibrate by self-consciously focusing on Him and staying clear of the world around me. I spend my time admiring His work around me. I prefer to be alone with Him as then I am never truly alone. This does not mean I’m a hermit. It just means I stopped listening to bad news, entertainment that approves and/or glorifies sin, politics and the economy and those people who slander others and gossip. I have kept my promise to God for almost 2 years now and frankly have never felt more peaceful and fulfilled in my entire life.
As for Sin, I too hate it but sometimes still commit it. I am often reminded of David who sinned terribly with Bathsheba but repented with sincerity and was fully forgiven. I am also reminded of Paul who was a persecutor that transformed into a devout follower of Christ. I know I fall short of the Glory of God but I at least try to meet some standards with effort. Just like David and Paul, I can never repair the damage I have done through sin but I can at least change and move forward to Christ.
After Adam and Eve, we all have inherited the Sin virus. We all are victim to the prowling lion ready to devour us. We all can destroy ourselves with a self-deception that only us matters. God can be easy to forget. The wonderful thing is God has grace and forgiveness to those who sincerely repent. God understands the virus and it’s impossibility to completely alienate until His return.
I think God is pleased with me keeping my daily promise to Him to recalibrate every day without fail. I plan this time to never fall away from that promise. It’s the very least I can do as the worst sinner I know who received grace from the All Mighty who frankly owes me nothing.
Are you or have you truly recalibrated with God?
by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor