Psalm 51:10-11 “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.”
From early in my life I have always had faith in the power of God’s Word. At the age of twelve I was healed of appendicitis - that was my first miracle. I have experienced many more over the past 60 years. It is very important to renew a steadfast spirit within us at all times.
It is very easy to become complacent when everything is going well, but sometimes trouble can come at any time. The way we handle trouble is by reaching into the reservoir of the steadfast spirit within us. There are times we are lifted up as Elijah was in 1 Kings 18. Then in 1 Kings 19, it shows him in the wilderness under a broom tree praying ‘might I die.’ How quickly the tables turn.
If you will read the whole chapter, you’ll see how God will renew a steadfast spirit in Elijah and, I believe, even reading this story will build up your faith. You see if we never had a problem, we would never know God could solve them. Have faith in Him and in His Word.
Let me ask you, is your faith strong or weak? Mine has grown stronger by beholding, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). What does it mean to behold the Lord’s glory? Paul is speaking here of devoted, focused worship. It is time that is given to God simply to behold Him. Paul makes it clear that beholding the face of Christ is a ministry we all must devote ourselves to.
The Greek word for beholding in this verse is a very strong expression that indicates not just “taking a look but fixing the gaze.” It means deciding, I will not move from this position. Before I try to accomplish a single thing, I must be in God’s presence. By fixing your gaze on Christ and the work on the cross, you will build your faith.
When you spend time beholding the face of Christ, there is freedom. This act of submission says, Lord my will is yours. Whatever it takes, transform me into the image of Jesus. Job suffered overwhelming tragedies in a short span of time. Loss of all his children, loss of wealth, loss of health. Yet he made an incredible statement, especially considering the context in which he spoke it. “He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). God performed a miracle of restoration and deliverance for Job. Trust Him for yours.
Father, I see how powerful your words are. Thank you for the understanding of the Holy Spirit. Help me to reach out to the hurting and to do something for them. Give them faith from your Words and your life Jesus. Holy Spirit, it feels good to be used by you. May your favor rest on me and my faith increase! In Jesus name. Amen.
Graves Into Gardens by Elevation Worship