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Create in Me a Clean Heart

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10 NKJV

When traveling, I often notice neglected old homeplaces.

My first thoughts are about their history. Who lived there? Did they entertain guests, have family celebrations, or make memorable moments? With a few renovations and fresh paint, I imagine what transformations it would take to restore them to their former beauty. 

God dwells within us and guides us to make needed adjustments, whether it is something we should change or fix. Some days, it might just be a nasty old attitude. David asked God to change, renew, and transform his heart. He wanted God to search him and walk through the deepest places of his soul—to revive, renew, and restore him. David realized he could not change his own heart. God was the only source of such joy and renewal.

During summer, most of us pen our to-do list. We take inventory, pull out the paintbrushes, and check off the repairs, renovations, and restorations we need to complete. Our homes bring us joy when we observe and complete projects that need mending.

When the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts, we can conquer sin and not succumb to temptation. We can live a devoted joyful Christian life and not waver in our faith.

If you feel broken or abandoned and long for renewal and restoration, ask God to cleanse and change your heart. Doing so will bring freedom to forgive, to love and serve others, and to love ourselves. When we allow God to search our hearts, He will take what's wrong and make it right.

Why not ask God to create a clean heart in you?

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Denise Jenkins

Denise Jenkins believes we can make a difference in the world with positive words of hope. For sixteen years, she was co-Founder of Mike Jenkins Evangelistic Association (MJEA), an international faith-based ministry. Denise began writing devotions for MJEA. Her passion is to share from life experiences and to encourage her readers to trust God and His word to see them through difficult times. She lives in Southwest Virginia, along with her three sons, daughters-n-law, and three grandsons.