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Archive for February 2020

Breaktime: Stay in the Spirit

3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3 Loving evil begins deep in the heart. When a heart is bent on self, there isn’t anything the flesh won’t talk evil people into. When the ego is centered on self, the vices of evil get to speak, as the love of darkness lives…

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Breaktime: Living with God

Living with God 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar. Psalm 51:19 The Psalmist ends knowing, after coming before God in brokenness, that God is pleased. He understands God’s way of doing life brings great joy and blessing. David now understands…

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Breaktime: What Pleases God

What pleases God? 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 51:18 Many of us may try the opposite approach when it comes to pleasing God. We may decide to go through with our plans and then ask God to bless what we do. Simply because it prospers us…

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Breaktime: Truest Self

Truest Self 17 My sacrifice, O God, is  a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17 We are at our truest self when our heart is before God. When our spirit is broken because of the weight of our sin, we have become real. We can walk in false identities even…

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Breaktime: Checklist with God

Checklist before God 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. Psalm 51:16 David uncovered the mystery of what pleases God −an open and contrite heart.  David could go through the motions and offer his gift, but God could see right through the motive. God…

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Breaktime: Teaching from Experience

Teaching from Experience 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:13 David knew once he experienced the forgiveness of God, he too could teach transgressors. Once David received in his heart that his transgressions were forgiven, he could walk with others to their victory with the Lord.…

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Breaktime: Living in Joy

Living in Joy 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12 The sin which is now in David’s mind and heart has filled his life with unhappiness. He is experiencing the loss of joy because his sin suffocates it, and this state of mind leads…

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Breaktime: Brokenness

Brokeness 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Psalm 51:11 It wasn’t that David feared God taking away his presence as much as a plea for more of God. He was ashamed of where his heart had gone, deep in sin. He is filled with guilt and experiencing a broken…

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Breaktime: Admit Your Need?

Admit Your Need 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 Creation is bringing something into existence that wasn’t there prior. Which in this passage means David was seeking God to create a pure heart within him. He understood that his heart wasn’t genuine, and David couldn’t purify…

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Breaktime: Can’t Ignore It Any Longer

9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Psalm 51:9 David again uses his words to ask God for forgiveness. His heart is a place where guilt is present and the heaviness of it all is more than he can bear. I love it that he could no longer tolerate sin in…

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