Thoughts to Live By
“..for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”
Proverbs 23:7

Four Things to Confess and Forsake

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23,24

Suggested Reading: Psalm 139:1-14

This challenging, beautiful prayer found in Psalm 139:23,24 is a prayer that all of us as Christians need to pray more often. Personally asking in prayer for God to search our hearts and know our thoughts and reveal to us any wicked way we may have taken. Anything that we may be holding on to that is displeasing unto the Lord would be considered wicked and dishonoring to Him. Why should we pray this prayer?

Consider how he knows everything about us anyway; Psalm 139:1, even to the point of our standing, sitting, lying down and our thought pattern. Words that come out of our mouths and every single way we take. Psalm 139:2-4. Also consider how having something in our hearts that displeases the Lord can result in taking us down a dangerous road and ruining one’s life.

Look with me at four things that would be displeasing unto the Lord that any person should contemplate confessing and forsaking.

First, we can have a Reckless Tongue. A reckless an untamed tongue, James 3:8, is a fire, a world of iniquity that defiles the whole body. James 3:6. It also can be like a razor working deceitfully, Psalm 52:2. Our tongue needs to be surrendered to God and controlled by the Holy Spirit. It should be used to uplift others and tell the gospel to the lost world.

Second, we could have a Repetitive Heart for sin. Is there some sin giving you a fit, possibly causing you to go back again and again and repeating the same sin over and over in our heart. Oh how we need to confess it to our Lord and forsake it!

Third, we may have a Rebellious Spirit. God considers rebellion a serious sin. I Samuel 15:23. It could be a rebellion against the Bible and the commands of the Lord to us. It may be rebellion against a spouse, a parent, or the Lord Himself. Confess that rebellion to Him and experience a joyful, obedient spirit.

Fourth, it could be a Rejection of Truth. When the Lord speaks to our hearts about the truth of His Word, do we respond in the right way? It may have to do with the truth of living by the Bible, or the truth of coming clean with God in surrender to Him. Do not reject the truth of God’s Word. Accept it and embrace it, and live by it!

Why not pray the psalmist prayer and allow the Lord to show you His way for you?

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