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Posted by: Jerry Lindsey on Thu, Dec 24, 2009

Spiritual Bankruptcy

  "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise"
1. David spoke of a broken and contrite heart. The word for "contrite" means
2. To be bowed down with the awareness of our spiritual bankruptcy.
3. That our inner spirit is crushed with a sense of its guilt.
4. That we have a genuine and deep sorrow for our rebellion against God and a determined desire to do differently.
5. A contrite heart
6. Does not seek to rationalize or explain or excuse or defend or justify sin.
7. Does not try to fool God or others or self. It recognizes that God demands truth and honesty.
8. Does not mean merely feeling bad or remorseful about sin!
9. Does not seek to blame circumstances or other people or God for our own failure.
10. Remember Adam saying, "The woman YOU gave me handed me the fruit and I ate it. Eve pointed to the serpent and said, "He deceived me and I ate." He blamed God and Eve, she blamed the serpent.
11. Can't you just hear David doing something like that? Blaming God or blaming Bathsheba: "Lord, if you hadn't made me king I wouldn't have been walking on the palace roof in the first place. And besides, did you see what she wasn't wearing?"
12. Maybe we do the same thing: "Well, Lord, if you were married to this jerk, you'd cheat too!" Or "It's not my fault; the boss is so cheap I have to steal from the company to survive!" Or, "If I didn't have such terrible neighbors, I wouldn't lose my temper as much!"
13. A contrite heart recognizes that sin is:
14. A spiritual crime since it is a violation of God's laws.
15. An offense against all that is decent and moral and right.
16. Rebellion, disobedience, and stubbornness of heart.
17. When we become aware of our sins, iniquities and transgressions, and are contrite, we need to know that
18. God isn't interested in empty apologies.
19. God doesn't want cheap promises or resolutions.
20. God cares nothing for our efforts to balance evil with a little more good.
21. God desires a broken and contrite heart which is the true sacrifice of one who determines to turn from sin, to forsake sin, and to abandon it.
To be convicted of sin, is contrite, humbled your heart and decided to truly forsake your sin and to follow Jesus Christ. When we do, our life will be changed. Stop a lifelong habit of lying and cheating. And after much thought and prayer we confessed our sin. Honest acknowledgment of sin is an essential in our own lives, and it was another step in reclamation. What is the next step in having a changed heart?
1. CONFESSION: verses 3, 4:  "For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. 4 against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight, So that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, and blameless when Thou dost judge."
2. There are two sides to his confession:
3. He confessed to himself: "I know, I am acquainted with, I recognize my sin! I cannot deny it or escape it or forget it. The memory haunts me, the devil accuses me, the sin taunts me, and it is always before me."
4. He confessed to God: "Against you only have I sinned."
5. Along with his admission of guilt is a confession of God's correctness and justice in judging him for his sin. David makes no plea for indulgent lenience or permissiveness, no claim that God is being too hard on him, no appeal for a light sentence. Simply put, it is, "I am wrong, you are right!"
6. Genuine confession demands:
7. A right estimate of sin. It is not a mistake, or a slip, or mischief.
8. A right attitude to sin. A loathing, disgust, disapproval.
9. Rights conduct with regard to sin. A forsaking of and a determined renunciation of sin.
10. This brings us to the cross of Christ.
11. At the cross, we do not hide our sins, but confess them and trust the Savior to wipe them away.
12. Solomon said, "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." Proverbs 28:13. To confess demands the honesty of:
13. It was Isaiah who said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, ..." Isaiah 6:5.
14. It was Peter who fell at Jesus' feet and said, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" Luke 5:8.
15. The publican smote his breast and prayed, "God, be merciful to me, the sinner!" Luke 18:13.
16. Paul who declared "It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all." 1 Timothy 1:15.
When you are  convicted of sin, converted to Christ,  to go  and tried to make things right by confessing your sin. There may not be a penalty that could legally attach you to the sin. You can  experienced something even better than that. And there is something even better for the Christian. There is forgiveness, justification, salvation. Let's consider, then, the last step in having a changed heart:
1. CLEANSING: verses 7, 9, 10:  "Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. . .9 Hide Thy face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me."
2. David recognized the filth and grime of his sin and wanted to be cleansed of it.
3. He said, "Purge me, purify me, wash me." The words he uses imply a thorough scrubbing. One pictures an old time mother with her child at the sink scrubbing him until his skin literally shines and squeaks.
4. He said, "Blot out my iniquities." It is the image of erasure where a mark is totally obliterated, wiped away and removed.
5. He said, "Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me." David knew the inclination of one's heart to evil.
6. He knew that "every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5.
7. He knew that "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick." Jeremiah 17:9.
8. It was not David's desire, nor God's intent, to gloss over or to wink at or to indulge sin. Sin had to go.
9. It is not while we indulge, or excuse, or conceal sin, but when we have experienced God's cleansing that we can know the joy of His salvation.
10. Sometimes we have door-to-door salesmen trying to sell us some "Miracle Cleaner" that will remove everything from berry stains to tattoos. Never works! But God has a cleanser that never fails: "the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7. All sin, all times, all people, always.
Conclusion The statute of limitations does not cleanse our punishment. Thou others forgive you; you must chose to take responsibility for your actions.  "Man cannot cope with guilt alone. I don't care how many worship services you attend or good deeds you do, your goodness is insufficient. You can't be good enough to deserve forgiveness. ... No one. Not you, not me, not anyone. Quit trying to quench your own guilt. You can't do it. There's no way. ... I don't care how bad you are. You can't be bad enough to forget it. And I don't care how good you are. You can't be good enough to overcome it. You need a Savior." And, for those who come to Jesus Christ in contrition and confession, He is that savior. Will you come to Him? Will you ask Him to cleanse your heart? Will you allow Him to transform your life? Will you experience the salvation He, and He only, can provide? This is the moment to decide as you ask Him to change your heart
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