Steadfastness, Willingness, And Brokenness

After King David’s tragic liaison with Bathsheba, he cries to God for a spirit characterized by:

 

I.  STEADFASTNESS:

 

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a STEADFAST SPIRIT within me.”

 

Paul exhibited a STEADFAST SPIRIT as he set his face toward Rome and certain death:

 

I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of Gods grace.” (Acts 20:23, 24)

 

By way of contrast, Peter reveals his spongy character at Jesus’ arrest as a young woman links him with Jesus. In response, Peter blathers back to her, “Woman, I dont know Him.

 

II. WILLINGNESS:

 

Restore to me the joy of your salvationgrant me a WILLING SPIRIT, to sustain me.

 

Remember the father who approached Jesus to heal his son who was afflicted with an evil spirit? In his struggle to believe he exclaims,

 

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

 

Now that is the kind of WILLING SPIRIT — imperfect as it is — that Jesus can work with!

 

III.BROKENNESS:

 

The sacrifices of God are a BROKEN SPIRIT; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

 

A BROKEN SPIRIT is evidenced when:

  • Our ungodly self is slain.
  • Our impenetrable hardness is softened, and when
  • Our haughty pride is brought low.

In our quest to walk with God, let us join with David in seeking a spirit characterized by STEADFASTNESS, WILLINGNESS, and BROKENNESS.
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