The Peacefulness Of Renewal

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” – Psalm 32:1-5

When we find ourselves willingly separated from the will and the Word of God, we will often give in to the temptations of this life – temptations that result in devastating sorrows, difficult stains, and deep scars. Spiritual renewal brings cleansing, closeness, and consecration to those who will confess (recognize that the problem isn’t on the outside with one’s circumstances or company, but rather on the inside with the condition of the heart), repent (recognize that their way has not resulted in peace and that they have rejected God’s way), and then by faith choose to follow God’s path. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Though forgiven, the Devil will constantly remind us of our moment of weakness. He wants to torment our mind with strong guilt so that spiritual growth does not take place. But, when we take our sin honestly before the Lord and seek forgiveness, God removes that failure from our record and releases us from the bondage of that sinful choice. He then encourages us to come closer to Him and to allow Him to take us further than ever before. Romans 8:1-2 puts it this way, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay