Only God can mend a broken heart. Only God can bring healing to the grieving soul. It is only God who gives us a heart soft enough to recognize our rebellion and to actually weep over it as well…and to have a heart transformation.
Take time to read 2 Samuel 12:15-24; Psalm 51; and Matthew 5:4.
The Bible gives us the account of King David who slept with the wife of a loyal commander of his, then David had him killed when she became pregnant. After his initial denial, David breaks down in anguish and grief when confronted by the prophet Nathan.
It is only God who can change the human heart and melt the heart of stone. We can reflect on King David’s life and see the heart of stone has been replaced with a heart of flesh. Now it hurts over sin and is grieved over what God is grieved about.
The prayer of David makes it clear that he is now grief-stricken over his sin with Bathsheba, as he tells God his bones, spirit, and heart are all broken (Psalm 51:8, 17). Take the time to be still and ask the LORD to show you any area in your life or a time when God revealed to YOU the true depth of your sin and rebellion against Him.
We can understand from Scripture that it is God who softens the heart. It is God who gives us a heart soft enough to recognize our rebellion and to weep over it (read Ezekiel 36:26). Why on earth would anyone want to hold onto a “heart of stone” and sin against God? Is there anyone particular that you know who seems highly resistant to having his or her heart broken by God to see the sin in their own heart? Pray Ezekiel 36:26 over them and intercede for them as the LORD leads you by HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
Why did God send the prophet Nathan to King David? Because God wanted David to be set free and to find forgiveness (2 Samuel 12:13). David does find forgiveness and prays that God will restore his joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
We can keep on reading the later psalms of David and see the fulfillment of his petition as well. In order to arrive at this place of fullness of joy, one must first go through mourning that comes through genuine repentance. Repentance and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. Without both, there is no genuine relationship!
As the story continues….David mourns again, this time over the sick child of his union with Bathsheba, now his wife. In 2 Samuel, King David is in anguish over his child’s illness but seems to recover somewhat after the baby dies. David gave it all to God, wept and prayed. After the death of his child, David got up and washed himself, put lotions on, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the LORD’s house to worship. After that, he went home and asked for something to eat. His servants gave him some food, and he ate.
His servants asked him why he was doing this….and David responded that he couldn’t bring him back to life but would see him again someday. Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife. (2 Samuel 12:24), which must have not been easy, as he had to be in great pain himself. But God “comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort [others]” (2 Cor. 1:4).
Glorifying God in times of pain can seem hard, but the Father God provides strength needed for whatever He asks of us. When we grieve, it can be very soothing to the soul to remember what Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).
You may have experienced extreme grief, regret, sadness or rebellion and pain due to making a wrong choice in life. God wants to bring healing to every place that hurts! Even if God doesn’t fix earthly sorrows that come to all, the joy of salvation is always available because of JESUS!
HIS love and mine,
SALVATION ONLY COMES THROUGH THE DOOR—JESUS
My late husband told me before he went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ in 2021 that many he knew were not truly born again…that they had a head knowledge with no heart change like he had when he first met me over 28 years ago.
Before he died, he gave me specific instructions which I followed directly.
He told me that many think they can come down to the wire—that they can come to a funeral and think in their minds that things are alright but they are not. He said, “no one can come to a funeral and get things right—it’s too late.” He said they have to go to God through the only door—Jesus—to be truly born-again to spend eternity with Him.
Jesus gave us specific instructions in His Word and whether we like it or not, we will all come to the gate of death or rapture or be left behind by choice. If you are born again, you will spend eternity with God and all those gone before us..
It’s too late when YOU die to make things right…and it is too late to make things right with a person who has died. The ONLY way to make things right IS ONLY through JESUS CHRIST and true repentance that brings about genuine heart change and transformation.
Nicodemus asked Jesus a question in John 3:1-21 and it is a valid question today for everyone.
“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born-again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born-again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Take time to read John chapter 3 and make certain of where you will spend eternity!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and ready for the New Year–2022.
Make certain to stay in your own lane, focus on fulfilling your purpose and do it well. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (see Philippians 4:13).
If you are having a difficult time making a decision about something, stand back, pray and listen for the Holy Spirit of God to speak to you. Always go with peace in your heart and pursue your God-given dreams. Ignore naysayers and surround yourself with people of purpose! God has an awesome plan for YOUR LIFE!
Read the Bible and find out how to make the most of every opportunity in light of what is next for the nation, for you and your family, and for the body of Christ. God has put dreams in your heart that He wants you to fulfill! Make godly choices and live your best life NOW!
Blessings and Happy New Year!