(Meditating on Psalm 51)
Everyday, there are little sins that we unconsciously commit, ones that by habitual practice, have become “normal” and which the mind has unfortunately adapted to. I call them subtle sins for they are so slight and are often hard to detect at once. Those things that we do in our minds, and things we say and do that we are becoming so accustomed to doing and gradually forgetting that they are not right.
In the morning when we wake up and our minds are filled with the planned activities for the day, it is most likely that our hearts and minds would not be fully focused on the Lord even as we offer up our morning prayers. When we are supposed to be communing with God but our minds are wandering off somewhere else, we know that our prayers are futile and we are not being pleasing in the sight of God.
Sometimes also we unconsciously think and feel negative things – envy, self-pity, comparisons, pride, ill thoughts… – when we see something in our social networks or in our neighborhood that stirred up these feelings inside. Or we get so curious and interested with other people’s lives which may lead us subtly gossiping about them.
I have been guilty of these things in varying degrees at one time or another. Then the Lord would “awaken” my spirit and convict me and I would be hauling my heavy, contrite heart all day, pondering on all the things that the Lord is trying to teach me.
I have come to realize that these things happen when I spend more time doing other things and lesser time with the Lord – singing praises, worshiping, praying, reading and meditating on His Word. The farther I stray from His presence (and sometimes this happens gradually and unnoticeably), the more stresses reign in me which make me impatient, easily feel frustrated and annoyed.
Remember that these are the cunning works of the devil. When he sees us falling short in our communing with God, he makes his attack, and when he has gained a foothold in us, we become weaker and weaker – spiritually, mentally, emotionally.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8 NIV)
The Spirit is whispering, “Awake! Awake! Put away all things that defile – all malice, all deceit (however subtle they are), hypocrisy, envy, all evil speaking (see 1 Pet. 2:1), and complacency – and look unto the Lord!”
May this be our earnest prayer:
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. (Ps. 51: 10-11)
Next up: Giving More Time to Prayer
New testimony post at Minister of Mercy:
When the eldest son of Sis. Delia Carencia was only three-days-old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, his heart was too big for his age, one of the main veins of his heart was blocked, had abnormal heartbeat, asthma, post-polio of his whole left body, and scoliosis…
The head neurologist of the Pediatrics Department of the Philippine General Hospital told Sis. Delia that there was no hope for her son… Read full testimony here.
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