After King David’s tragic liaison with Bathsheba, he cries to God for a spirit characterized by:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a STEADFAST SPIRIT within me.”+
Paul exhibited a STEADFAST SPIRIT as he set his face toward Rome and certain death:
“I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”. (Act. 20:23, 24)
By way of contrast, Peter reveals his spongy character at Jesus’ arrest as a young woman links him with Jesus. In response, Peter blathers back to her, “Woman, I don’t know Him.”++
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation…grant me a WILLING SPIRIT, to sustain me.”+
Remember the father who approached Jesus to heal his son who was afflicted with an evil spirit? In his struggle to believe he exclaims,
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mk. 9:24)
Now that is the kind of WILLING SPIRIT – imperfect as it is – that Jesus can work with!
“The sacrifices of God are a BROKEN SPIRIT; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psa. 51:17)
A BROKEN SPIRIT is evidenced when:
Our ungodly self is slain.
Our impenetrable hardness is softened, and when
Our haughty pride is brought low.+++
In our quest to walk with God, let us join with David in seeking a spirit characterized by STEADFASTNESS, WILLINGNESS, and BROKENNESS.
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