A New Year. A New Heart: Day 4

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a
contrite spirit.  Psalm 34:18
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Psalm 51:17

We’ve been talking about what it means to have a heart that pleases God  in this new year.  If we want to please God we must know what displeases Him.  God is displeased sin.  It goes against his very nature.  When our hearts are content with sin, then we find ourselves in a dangerous place.
Psalm 34:18 literally says that God comes near to the person who has a heart that hates sin.  He saves the one who is quick to seek forgiveness and change.  Psalm 51:17 says that God is pleased with our brokenness over sin more than the sacrifices we make to Him.


div>Is there a sin your life?  Are you ok with it?  If you want your heart to be new this year, you’ve got to repent of it.  Turn from your sin.  Ask God for forgiveness.  He’ll forgive you!

10 thoughts on “A New Year. A New Heart: Day 4

  1. Tristian Lechien

    There has been sin from times to times but not really. But yes there has been. And im deff not ok with it. I have asked god for forgiveness and he has given it to me by me accepting him into my heart. U know one of those special days called ur salvation! I remember the exact date year day and time! September 15, 2008 Tuesday 7:38pm in pastor bales office!!! 🙂 tht was an amazing memory to remember! 🙂 I loved tht day soososososo excited for the next step. On Sunday September 20, I was baptized!! 🙂 I remember those days.. 🙂 bottom line or the main idea.. God WILL forgive if u ask him to! :DDDDD love u guys! 🙂 great Devo!!! 🙂

  2. laura

    I am definitely not ok w the sin in my life. I am grateful that God forgives me when I recognize my sin and repent of it. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have forgiveness. I love that God always gives me another chance. I don’t know how people get through the day w out the Lord. My N Y’s resolutions include trying to be more Christ-like. I feel I have failed at this a lot lately w the pressures of life in the Hayes’ household. I really need encouragement to stay on track. I am grateful for a Christian family who supports me and doesn’t judge me . See kids even adults mess up lol. Love u all. Let’s be an encouragement to each other in 2012 .

  3. Mafalda

    There is sin in my life and I’m not ok with it I do it every day without realizing I did it and I want to stop and yesterday before I went to bed I prayed about to god That he would help me get ride of it and be just like him, and today I’m gonna try to get ride of it with gods help of course!! :).

  4. there is deff sin in my life.everyone has sin in their life.were all sinners.im not ok with the sin in my life.since sin displeases God,every time i sin,usually right away i ask for forgiveness.it hasn’t really been like that lately.i really haven’t been asking for forgivness for my sins.right after i post this im gonna ask God for forgivness for the sins i haven’t asked for.i promise.i remember i got saved in somewhere in 2007 cause abbey dykeman helped me.and then in 2008 i got baptized the day they wanted to build the mpb building which was october 2008. hope you guys have a great day love yoo!!! 🙂 <33333333

  5. Angela:D

    Sometimes I may forget what a forgiving god there is. But it’s nice to know that he IS forgiving, and he loves us. 🙂 sometimes i even don’t feel like asking for forgivness because I feel too guilty, but then I remember that god isn’t human. It’s really nice when you ask him forgivness. It makes you feel like a new you!! After I ask for forgivness, I always make sure to ask for him to help me not do that sin again. I remember when I got saved, there was that relieving feeling, and so much joy in my heart. It was like I was missing a piece of me, and in that missing spot sin was building up. I’m glad I got saved and that we have a god like him<3

  6. Alexis

    There’s tons of things I’m sure I’ve done that displease God. Which is NOT good! I think what really gets me though is those little sins that don’t even seem like a big deal at the time, then I forget about it and never ask for forgiveness and that’s bad. I know what displeases God, sin. But just because I know what displeases Him doesn’t always mean I refrain from doing it. To have a pure heart, I have to not only know what God doesn’t like but I also have to try and not do what it is He doesn’t like. Psalm 34:18 is great though 🙂 I really want to hate what God hates, sin! I want to despise sin and keep from doing it. Because that’s what God wants!

  7. Sins definitley in my life, whether it’s disobeying my parents, not loving my enemies, not being forgiving myself.. I am not perfect. Idk how many times a day I think about the things I do wrong. Everythings for me & I hate it. I’m so grateful & thankful that God is a forgiving God, and that He wiped my sins away at the cross. All I had to do was believe & trust Him as my Savior.. He did all hard work for me! If I didn’t have God in my life, idk where I’d be. My sin would probably drive me to be a hateful, mean person. But God loves me enough to forgive me of my sin nature! I don’t deserve it. Like Laura, my new years resolution is simple- to be more Christ like. I want Him to shine thru me, and to use me as a light in a place of darkness. I pray for God to use me, & I hope in 2012 I make a bigger difference for Him. I dont think I did a great job this year, and I hope I can be used for God & not myself!
    I wanna be real this year, & explore the talents & gifts God’s given me to use to honor Him. 🙂

  8. I definitely know I have alot of sin (I’m not perfect by any means ) in my heart but its so amazing how we can just ask God for forgiveness & wipe the slate clean! I can’t wait to start the new year with a pure heart & God on my mind. & Lindsey could not have put it better ! I have no idea where I would be without God. I can’t imagine how some of my friends live .. Having no one to turn to, to trust!? I constantly find myself thinking about what a horrible world we live in and how I dont see how we can really make a difference. But if you think about where this world would be without Christian programs or missionaries or churches or God, you’d realize this world would be even worst (hard to imagine) . God is great and will definitely give all of us h2o kids the strength, courage, and wisdom to make a difference! My goal this year, is to leave an imprint in somebody’s life & maybe they’ll do the same for others, this way we’ll have one big chain of kindness! All I can say is I can’t wait for this new year and all the possibilities it holds, and that’s why I’m starting this year with a focus on God . I’m not letting sin get in the way of all the great things God wants me to do ! 🙂

  9. 2011 has been a very interesting year for me. I started it off, wanting to cry cause I didn’t know what was in store. I felt lost, until God picked me up and showed me what I was missing out on. I’ve grown a lot this year, both maturity wise and spiritually. 2012 is gonna be a big year for me. I graduate in June then start college in August. I don’t wanna waste what God has done in my life, but expand it, and let Him continue to show me what He has in store for my future. Sin is a tough thing, and sure can bring us down. I let it mess me up countless times, and still do. We need to strive to stop letting sin consume us, but letting the thought of being more like Jesus consume us.

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