Sunday, March 02, 2014
This Study we will take a look at what it means to be restored back into a close intimate relationship with Jesus.
We will look at Sin and how it separates us from a close and intimate relationship with God.
Psalm 51:12 states: Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation…
As you know sin separates us from God. Sin always breaks a close relationship with the Lord. David was infatuated with Bathsheba. He entertained wrong thoughts that ultimately led to his sin of adultery and then to cover up the sin he had her husband Uriah murdered.
David tried to cover up his sin but only made things worse and drove him further away from God. God had plans for David, He didn’t leave David to himself or in his sin. In His mercy He sent a Prophet of God to talk to David through a course of Parables which basically exposed David’s sin.
The story is found in 2 Samuel 12:1-15.It is here that Nathan the Prophet approached David and basically exposed the sin of adultery he had with Bathsheba outside of Marriage. What Nathan said caused David to repent and turn from his sin, he didn’t deny his wrong doing.
He confessed his sin to God by praying Psalm 51:4, Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight.
Psalm 51:11 David states: Do not cast me away from Your Presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. This prayer ultimately led David to confess and repent from his sin which led him to ask God to restore the Joy of his Salvation.
His joy was restored. God forgave David and restored the cut off relationship and restored his Joy. David went on to serve the Lord with all of his heart. He was known as the “Apple of God’s Own Eye” and as a “Man after God’s Own Heart”.
Our sin may not be as drastic as David’s but nevertheless any sin will separate us from a close and intimate relationship with God.
The way back is to first acknowledge the sin, repent from it, turn away and then ask God to restore you into a renewed relationship with God. The bottom line is Intimacy can be restored to God with a heart that is repentant.
We have looked at the life of David and what steps he took to be restored back into a right relationship with God. We have seen the Hand of a Loving and Forgiving God who will do the same for us as He did for David.
Jesus desires His children to enter in to a relationship where we will draw close to God. He desires for us to grow in Him and be vessels that are pleasing and acceptable in His sight. To stay close and remain in right fellowship with God we need to be Praying, Reading and Studying the Word regularly and fellowshipping with our Heavenly Father on a daily basis.
When we grow in the things of God we change, we begin to look at things differently, we see through eyes that have been enlightened by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This helps us to maintain that close and intimate walk with God. A heart that is soft and repentant towards God will maintain a close and intimate relationship that will not be easily broken.
Charles Wesley penned these thoughts: A humble, contrite, lowly heart, believing, true and clean, which neither death nor life can part from Him who dwells within.
Today's Study, March 2, 2014 Was Taken From the Monthly Symphony of Prayer Newsletter entitled: "Practicing the Presence of God" entitled “Sin separates"