Once you see your condition, you’re ready for the second step. David describes it to us in Psalm 51.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
The next logical step, after self examination, is to run into the presence of God for forgiveness. Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking that God is mad at you.
It’s never too soon after a failure to go to Him. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t need any “cooling off time”. He loves you as much right now as He ever will. As soon as you’re aware of your fault, seek out His presence.
That was one of David’s greatest character traits. When he was confronted with his sin, he was quick to repent. We need to follow his example.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
That’s where true forgiveness can be found. Remember, it’s God’s forgiveness that can totally wash us clean of our sin. Don’t try to rely on good intentions, will power, or turning over a new leaf. Let God work His cleansing power in you. Lay your sin under the blood of Christ.
That’s the joy and gladness that David talks about. We’re not just going to try harder. We’re going to the Lord for Him to clean us by the Holy Spirit.
There’s no need for a guilty conscience. There’s no need to work extra hard to get God to accept you again. When God does the work, it’s done and final.
Elsewhere in Scripture it says that God throws our sin into the sea of forgetfulness. He removes it as far as the East is from the West. Those are powerful statements about God’s ability to remove the stains of sin.
If you see places of fault or failure in your walk with God – take the time to seek Him for His cleaning process. Let Christ totally wipe the slate clean. Then you’re ready to continue your walk toward personal revival.
Question: Why do we sometimes feel that God is mad at us?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014