“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!
Mark Drake is an internationally known author, teacher and leader. He focuses on equipping leaders around the world in New Covenant Grace.