Good Tuesday Morning my friends,
Last night I had the honor to go and listen to Dr. Jerry Vines preach at Willow Park Baptist Church whom is hosting the World Baptist Fellowship Conference. Preachers from all over the nation made their way to DFW to attend this conference. For those of you that do not know or have never heard of Dr. Jerry Vines, he has been a Baptist pastor/preacher for over 50 years. His ministry has taken him from small country and neighborhood churches in Georgia to large cities church in Alabama. In July 1982, Dr. Vines accepted the call to be pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, Fl where he spent the next 23 years. In Feb 2006 Dr. Vines retired from the pastorate and now travels the world preaching in churches and has a ministry for preachers..
As I sat and listened to Dr. Vines preach last night on Psalms 51 and the “High Cost of Sin”, I was in awe of the depth in which he spoke of this Scripture.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 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. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. (Psalms 51:1-19)
He spoke about the effects that sin has on our lives. How it effects the eyes, the mind, the ears, the body, the heart, the spirit, the tongue, lips, & mouth. As he painted the picture of King David and told us how sin had consumed David’s life, Dr. Vines described what David was feeling by going into detail about the words King David used. I knew what David was feeling. I had been through the same feelings of shame and disgust. The feeling of being filthy. He spoke how our sin is personal and no matter how much we try to keep it a secret that it is seen by God and it will fester inside of you. He spoke how we should confess our to God and how when we confess our sins that we are washed clean.
My friends I wish you could’ve heard this gentleman go into detail about these verses. I’m not doing the job he did any justice at all but it was inspiring. It let me know that I need to invest more time in God’s Word. I need to dig deeper. It made me realize that I’m not even close to scratching the surface.
My CHALLENGE PRAYER for you…. Confess your sin and be cleansed from its filth..
I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day.. Blessings & much love….D
Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!