Summary: the need to have a right spirit in all that we do, keeping our lives free from bitterness and unforgivness, the power of a right spirit and keeping our motives in check
Renew a Right Spirit within me…
51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Expound on the situation of King David…
He was really repentant for the ordeal, and he cries out for true inner restoration. “renew a RIGHT SPIRIT within me”
David started out with a RIGHT Spirit, and through the course of success and promotions he forgot about the very thing that God honored him for… His right Spirit
God does not use you because of your abilities, or he does favor you because of your talents, he blesses a right spirit.
When Samuel the prophet was commanded to choose a king, he made it clear that God looks upon the heart not…the outward.
David was crying out for a RIGHT SPIRIT
We might wonder, does it really matter, yes it does, it could make you or break you in your journey of faith and expectation of the blessings of God.
First let us consider the term Renew – to Rebuild it is the process of building
Def: Right Spirit – To stand proper in spirit –
If we are to proclaim VICTORY to the Defeated nations, we must have a Right Victorious Spirit.
In other words, to the preacher, if you are going to preach salvation, make sure you are saved yourself.
Mindsets to consider
just because things are done right, does not constitute a Right Spirit
nor does correct theology, or biblical understanding.
Your gossip might be facts, but what kind of spirit is that?
What is your motive?
You may operate in spiritual gifts…
1 Cor 13:1-3
13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
You may seem to accomplish much, but without a right spirit you accomplish nothing.
We shall all stand before the ‘Judgment Seat of Christ”
1 Cor 3:11-15
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Our motives will be tested with fire, our inward personal agendas will be monitored, God looks upon the heart! We work so hard to look right on the outside, let contend to look right on the inside.
We can not even estimate or calculate our losses due to a wrong spirit -
How we respond to offences determines our victory or defeat.
It is easy to proclaim and declare the scriptures of Faith, Victory and blessings, but what does our heart really say?
You can say you are the head not the tail all day long, but what does your heart say. We must contend for a right spirit, we cannot experience victory with a wrong corrupted spirit.
How do you respond to…
Other people younger than you in the Lord being promoted over you?
Other saints of God being used mightily even if you feel they are not as HOLY as you are?