21 Day Challenge – Day 3 – I Want to Do What is Right But I Can’t

Today’s post comes from Martha Fry, Creative Minister at C3.

We are on day 3 of the 21 Day Challenge. Today we are reading chapters 17-24 in Psalms.

Today’s Key Scripture: Psalm 19:12-14

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, My rock and my redeemer.

I think King David felt like the Apostle Paul who said, “I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”  (Romans 7:18-19)

Do you ever feel like King David and the Apostle Paul? I know I do. I want to have an organized clean house, but there is still clutter and piles of stuff around. I want to be more disciplined, but then I also like going with the flow and doing whatever. I want to eat what fuels my body, but then there is comfort food and fast food and bread and cheese and cakes etc. I want to be a loving wife and always serve my husband, but then my flesh can be all about me. I want to be a loving selfless mom and train up my kids, but at times that is hard and I would rather do it myself. UGH!

Galatians 5:19-21 tells what the acts of the sinful flesh are: When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Which one of these sins is lurking in your heart?  

You think you are loving people and then BAM, you feel jealously towards another person.

You are having a great day and then BAM, you have an outburst of anger and are yelling at your kids and husband.

You are serving people and then BAM, selfish ambition gets and and now you feel taken advantage of.

(And you can fill in the blank with your own sins.)  

I love King David’s prayer. So humble and honest about his flesh and he doesn’t make excuses he cries out for help, “Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.”

And then he closes with a plea: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, My rock and my redeemer.”

As we are on day 3 of reading through Psalms, I want to encourage you to read and meditate on God’s Word and spend more time with God than you do on social media. Spend more time with God than watching TV. Spend more time with God than you do a boyfriend or girlfriend. Spend more time hanging with God than you do friends.

If we are going to overcome the flesh and not give into sin lurking in our hearts we are going to have to spend more time with God.

T.D. Jakes says in his book Woman Thou Art Loosed, “You can’t trust yourself either! Your feelings will swing in and out, but your faith will not move.”

So let’s spend time today building our FAITH!

Prayer Focus: God, How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. I want to be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, My rock and my redeemer. Amen

  • Sheila Parikh Cowell

    Such a great post and I so needed just that message today. God is so good! Thanks Martha!