40 Days of Joy - Joy Comes From a Clean Heart - Day 3

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Psalm 32:1-5 - Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

How does David describe the one whose sin has been forgiven?

What was David’s life like when he didn’t deal with his sin?

What happened when he finally confessed his sin to the Lord?

One of the things that makes dealing with our sin difficult is found in Jeremiah 9:17, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” We deny sin. We justify it. We try to convince ourselves that it doesn’t matter. We pretend it doesn’t matter, but it does matter. Sin robs us of our joy by putting a wedge between us and God. It hinders us from experiencing the presence of God.

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • Ask God to help you understand how your sin affects your relationship with God.

  • Allow God to search your heart and show you any sin that you have not acknowledged to Him.

  • Confess any sin that the Spirit reveals to you. To confess means to agree with God about your sin and to turn away from your sin. What changes will you make to turn away from your sin?

  • Praise God that He sent Jesus to pay the penalty for your sin.

Father, I praise You for being good, loving, kind and just. Forgive me for all the times I have kept silent about my sin. Teach me to deal with my sin immediately so that I can walk daily in the joy of Your presence. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

James 4:8 - Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 51:10, 12 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

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