“God, will you please create in me a clean heart?”
Old Covenant- Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
1 John 2:12- “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name.”
Old Covenant- For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Rom 8:1- “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Old Covenant- Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
1 Cor 6:1- “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Old Covenant- Create in me a pure heart, O God.
Ezek 36:26- “I will give you a new heart…”
2 Cor 5:17-18- “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Old Covenant- Renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Ezek 36:27- “I will put a new spirit in you…I will put my Spirit in you”
Old Covenant- Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
John 14:16-17- “The Father will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.”
Heb 13:5- Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
What We Don’t Need
We don’t need a clean heart or a new spirit. We need to believe we already have been given a new heart and His Spirit. We must not beg for forgiveness. He has already forgiven us ONCE FOR ALL! Thank Him for the forgiveness He has already given!
What We DO Need: Keep Renewing Our Minds and Believe the Truth of the New Covenant
Rom 12:2- “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
“Well, OK. But what’s the harm in praying Ps 51?”
The harm is FEAR, UNCERTAINTITY, UNBELIEF!
We will never know the peace, joy, rest, and confidence with God that only comes from knowing and believing in what the New Covenant has done and is doing within us. And that’s much too high a price to pay!
8/27/2020 10:14:29 am
My comment is: I am praying that folks will take to heart what you have espoused here. I grew up in a church that taught one could fall out of grace by continued sin, and there was a higher plane of spirituality to aspire to which required a second experience.Otherwise, you were "lost". I do not know how many times I went to the Altar in search of that experience and as you have said, the uncertainty, which is unbelief in what He had done the first time, was debilitating. So, if anyone is in that cycle, what you have said here, may they be free from that bog of despair.
8/27/2020 03:25:39 pm
Does this mean I never have to tell God, "I'm sorry."? Is it the fear, insecurity and unbelief that let's the devil torment us when we've done wrong/sinned or is it the fact that we've not repented? I know the scripture says that Christ became sin and took the punishment we deserve so does that mean that no matter what sins we commit after we receive Christ they've already been dealt with and we never have to repent? I also know that the scripture says that all we have to do to do to have eternal life is confess with our mouths and believe in hearts that Jesus is Lord. It never says anything about, "make sure you repent" or you won't be saved. I'd love more clarity on this topic. As always I value your teaching on grace although not ever Christian I encounter loves this information about grace. In fact it makes some people really mad. But I want to know more about His grace so I can live the life that Jesus died to give me. Thanks again for your teachings. - Amy
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Mark Drake is an internationally known author, teacher and leader. He focuses on equipping leaders around the world in New Covenant Grace.