Devotion for Monday, January 14, 2019

“Thus they became unclean in their practices, and played the harlot in their deeds. Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against His people and He abhorred His inheritance. Then He gave them into the hand of the nations,and those who hated them ruled over them.” (Psalm 106:39-41)

While we live in this world of sin and do not stand against what the world practices, its pollution becomes our pollution. It is not a matter of hiding, but of knowing that the way of the Lord is the way of life and that the way of the world is death. You are polluted, so do not defend yourself in terms of being good. None are good; so surrender to the One who has come to redeem you that you may have life.

Lord, I play the game of the world and think myself good when there is nothing I have to offer. Lead me, O Lord, into the true way of a life of confession and forgiveness that I may walk in the way of salvation knowing that, only by Your mercy can I not only see the state of this world, but see the grace You give. Let me not be caught up in the system of this world, but live according to Your truth which You have spoken from the beginning.

Come, Holy Spirit, convict my heart wherever I have been living a lie that I may confess to You and be absolved by the blood of the lamb. Let me not lean on my own understanding, but live wholly in the grace I need. You have come that I may have life and have it abundantly. Lead me now and always in this life to which You have called me,that I may grow in grace and wisdom. Amen.