40 Days of Repentance: “Fruit of an Unrepentant Heart”

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Mikveh in the Galilee. Photo by Yocheved.

 

Introduction

As we proceed through these forty days of repentance, through the month of Elul and into Tishri through Yom Kippur on 10 Tishri, we are going to look at what happens to our hearts when we are unrepentant. In other words, what we are introducing into our lives and our relationships when we do NOT repent.

Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) challenged the Pharisees and Sadducees who dared to come to him for baptism. He saw them as hypocritical and unrepentant. They were not bearing fruit that demonstrated repentance. He said to them,

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as [our] father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”

(Matthew 3:8-9; Luke 3:8, NJKV)

Throughout these days, while we are examining the “fruit of an unrepentant heart” on a personal level, our eyes will constantly be on the goal, the remedy, the antidote to unrepentance – our relationship with Almighty God.

To help us with this hope, we will bring to mind Psalm 51:10 every day,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

Also, we will remind ourselves of the kind of fruit we should be bearing when we are repentant and filled with the Holy Spirit. For example:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

(Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV)

“…for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, finding out what is acceptable to the LORD.”

(Ephesians 5:9, NKJV)

“…being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which [are] by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

(Philippians 1:11, NKJV)

“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

(Hebrews 12:11, NKJV)

“But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

(James 3:17-18, NJKV)

“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

(John 15:2, NKJV)

Look at each day’s scripture reference, and take an honest look at your heart. Then, seek the LORD to be cleansed from the fruit of an unrepentant heart, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit that you may bear the godly fruit of repentance, purity, and righteousness.

There is a glossary of terms on the last pages of this guide so you can see definitions for the various types of ‘fruit’ scripture tells us are the result of unrepentance. This can help you perhaps see how these things manifest themselves in your own environment and in your life.

 

Quick Links

Day 1 (Elul 1) Day 11 (Elul 11) Day 21 (Elul 21) Day 31 (Tishri 1)
Day 2 (Elul 2) Day 12 (Elul 12) Day 22 (Elul 22) Day 32 (Tishri 2)
Day 3 (Elul 3) Day 13 (Elul 13) Day 23 (Elul 23) Day 33 (Tishri 3)
Day 4 (Elul 4) Day 14 (Elul 14) Day 24 (Elul 24) Day 34 (Tishri 4)
Day 5 (Elul 5) Day 15 (Elul 15) Day 25 (Elul 25) Day 35 (Tishri 5)
Day 6 (Elul 6) Day 16 (Elul 16) Day 26 (Elul 26) Day 36 (Tishri 6)
Day 7 (Elul 7) Day 17 (Elul 17) Day 27 (Elul 27) Day 37 (Tishri 7)
Day 8 (Elul 8) Day 18 (Elul 18) Day 28 (Elul 28) Day 38 (Tishri 8)
Day 9 (Elul 9) Day 19 (Elul 19) Day 29 (Elul 29) Day 39 (Tishri 9)
Day 10 (Elul 10) Day 20 (Elul 20) Day 30 (Elul 30) Day 40 (Tishri 10)

 

DAY 1

Repentance has always been a crucial element in maintaining right standing with God. He warned the Hebrews to follow his instructions, and he told them what would happen if they rejected him and did not repent. In Deuteronomy 28:15-68, there is a long list of what God said would be the consequences of disobedience and unrepentance. He even specifically mentions the condition of the heart:

“…you will not find repose, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; rather Adonai will give you there [among the nations] anguish of heart, dimness of eyes and apathy of spirit.”

(Deuteronomy 28:65, CJB)

Unrepentance will cause anguish of heart, dimness of eyes, and apathy of spirit. Is this a condition you wish to suffer?

Make this your earnest prayer:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 2

Are you ready to let the Potter have his way? Repentance means literally to turn around; to face away from the things you have chosen to revere and face toward Almighty God. The word of the LORD came to the prophet Yesha’yahu (Isaiah):

“…these people have removed their hearts far from me,… woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD,… Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; for shall the thing made say of him who made it, ‘He did not make me’? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’?”

(Isaiah 29:13-16, NJKV)

He says we “have things turned around.” Therefore, we must turn ourselves around, face Him, draw near to Him, and bring our hearts to Him for cleansing.

Pray:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 3

Yeshua (Jesus), when answering his disciples’ questions about “the end times,” said this:

“At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other; many false prophets will appear and fool many people; and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah.”

(Matthew 24:10-12, CJB)

Betrayal, hate, deception, love grown cold, and all due to “increased distance from Torah.” How are we doing? Are we engaged in betrayal? Are we allowing ourselves to be fooled by false prophets? Have we become distant from Torah? Let our eyes be opened!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 4

Paul many times pointed out the fruit of an unrepentant heart. He shares an impressive list in the first chapter of Romans:

“And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; [they are] whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

(Romans 1:28-32, NKJV)

It is easy for us to read through a list like this and feel confident that we are not committing such egregious misbehaviors. Remember what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the power of our thoughts in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). In 5:21-22, he makes the point that harboring anger toward your brother is on a par with murder. So as we look at this list and examine ourselves, we must look not just at our external behavior, but also, and perhaps more importantly, at our insides – our inmost being.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 5

Paul continues this theme further on in his letter to the Romans, in the midst of an explanation of the significance of walking according to Torah.

“But to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, [he will pay back] indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek; for there is no partiality with God.”

(Romans 2:8-11, NKJV)

Paul is reminding us that our rewards match our fruit. When we continue to be selfseeking and disobedient, we are bearing the fruit of an unrepentant heart, and our relationships with God and our brothers will be broken.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 6

Further on in his letter to the Romans, Paul is instructing his readers to walk according to Torah – in love, humility, generosity; in light and according to the Holy Spirit. In the process, he makes some comparisons that show us more of the fruit of an unrepentant heart.

“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.”

(Romans 13:13, NKJV)

These types of behavior are clearly a product of the lack of repentance. Again, these are strong examples and we may not consider ourselves to be guilty of these things. Nevertheless, we must be thorough and willing to hear and see the truth.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 7

Paul had much to say to the believers in Corinth about the troubles they were experiencing. We may see ourselves pretty clearly in some of the things he holds up to them. Are we participating in such things? Initiating them? Approving of them? Disapproving but doing nothing to change anything? What Paul talks about here is something we see all too often in our midst. Where are you standing?

“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you, but [that] you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s [household], that there are contentions among you.”

(1 Corinthians 1:10-11, NKJV)

When division and contention arise among us, are we ready and willing to confront them and stand firm in love and unity?

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 8

Carnality. A profound result of an unrepentant heart. The wish to look and act like all the “Babylonian Meat” around us. That is a play on ‘carnal,’ which is literally ‘fleshly’ or ‘meatly.’ And we are in exile, so – the ‘meat’ around us is Babylonian, so to speak, metaphorically. We are called to walk according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Repentance can deliver us from the tendency to chase after the flesh.

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual [people] but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able [to receive it], and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where [there are] envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like [mere] men?”

(1 Corinthians 3:1-3, NKJV)

If we truly want Almighty God to reign supreme in our midst, we must grow up, and put aside envy, strife, and divisions.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 9

What is in our own hearts? And what are we tolerating in our midst?

“It is actually reported [that there is] sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles – that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.”

(1 Corinthians 5:1-2, NKJV)

The world wants us to be proud of tolerating sinful behavior. To them a call to repentance is backward and prudish. We are called to account for our own behavior AND we are called to keep each other accountable for each other’s behavior.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 10

The leaven of the world is tempting. It creates a certain kind of scrumptiousness; being embraced and recognized by the world can be intoxicating. But we are not of this world. We must avoid that leaven.

“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.”

(1 Corinthians 5:8, NKJV)

It does not take much leaven to affect the whole lump of dough. When we find ourselves tempted by malice and wickedness, we must look to Him who has authored and perfected our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 11

We have our standards of what we consider to be “polite conversation.” Talking openly about sex is generally frowned upon; and for good reason. These things are meant to be kept privately. However, there are no secrets from Almighty God. We know he sees all. He knows our inmost thoughts, our every word and act. We cannot hide these things from Him. Indeed, we cannot hide anything from Him. Not repenting because we somehow think it is a secret and we can keep it hidden – this will lead to the “fruit of an unrepentant heart.”

“Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body [is] not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body… Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”

(1 Corinthians 6:13, 18, NKJV)

Get real with the Lord about the things you have convinced yourself are hidden. Confess, repent, and be free.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 12

There are steadfast truths for which we must be ready to take a stand; to defend and even die for. But there are so many things that divide us; none of which are worth surrendering the unity of His body. Calendars, pronunciations, interpretations, traditions, holidays, observances, and on and on. Show me where these things are mentioned in the Shema.

“For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.”

(1 Corinthians 11:18, NKJV)

As soon as we see the slightest hint of divisions arising, we must seek the Lord and examine ourselves. We are called to love each other.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 13

In the process of describing US as being the Body of Messiah, Paul goes to great lengths to emphasize not only the diverse parts and functions, but also the UNITY of the Body. For a body to function properly, its parts need to be strong and healthy, and they must all be together and of one mind. What are we doing that causes us to be kept separate from the rest of the Body of Messiah?

“…that there should be no schism in the body, but [that] the members should have the same care for one another.”

(1 Corinthians 12:25, NKJV)

We have some beliefs and understandings that differ from our brethren, but we cannot allow these things to make us dysfunctional. We must come to the Lord with these passionate beliefs to see what He has to say about how and when to interact with others on these topics.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 14

As Paul continues to minister to the believers in Corinth, he expresses concern that they continue to suffer from a lack of repentance. This is not just a personal idiosyncrasy of Paul’s. He knows that unrepentance brings with it consequences that are not healthy, enjoyable, or peaceful. It is a principle of the Kingdom that unrepentance reaps bitter fruit.

“For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and [that] I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest [there be] contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.”

(2 Corinthians 12:20-21, NKJV)

We must always be on guard against these weaknesses of the flesh. Our human nature will always want to indulge these sinful behaviors, and our culture tells us it is normal and there is no need to repent.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 15

Yeshua (Jesus) makes it very clear that what is coming from our hearts is what ruins us. We need a new heart; one that has Torah written on it by the hand of Almighty God. If we trust our flesh, we will be miserable creatures.

“For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness… All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.”

(Mark 7:22-23, CJB)

We will see these things trying to break out from inside us. This is why we must call for the filling of the Holy Spirit every day, and we must soak in God’s Word, and we must fellowship with each other, and spend time in prayer.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 16

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was primarily about the drastic change that comes upon us when we trust Almighty God in Yeshua. Further, it is about the constant battle that rages against us and what we must do to walk in victory. As part of his explanation, he recounts the types of behavior that should no longer have a hold on us.

“Therefore I say this – indeed, in union with the Lord I insist on it: do not live any longer as the pagans live, with their sterile ways of thinking. Their intelligence has been shrouded in darkness, and they are estranged from the life of God, because of the ignorance in them, which in turn comes from resisting God’s will. They have lost all feeling, so they have abandoned themselves to sensuality, practicing any kind of impurity and always greedy for more.”

(Ephesians 4:17-19, CJB)

“Estranged from the life of God” and “resisting God’s will.” Harboring unrepentance in your heart will cause you to be “estranged from the life of God.”

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 17

What happens when someone you have trusted, perhaps thought of as a mentor, does something that hurts you? It will cause confusion and sadness, possibly anger and bitterness. We must trust Almighty God, and we must understand the frailty of our brethren. We must avoid gossip and lashon hara – speaking unkindly of others.

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

(Ephesians 4:31-32, NKJV)

Importantly, lashon hara is not slander; it is not telling lies about someone. Lashon hara is speaking truth about someone in a hurtful, derogatory way. It is the worst kind of gossip.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 18

This may be a tough one for us. It is tough for me as I am writing it. So, I confess, I tend to like joking around. Too often this can be sarcasm, which can tend to be hurtful; or it can be what some would consider vulgar. We need to be aware of the lines between fun and being hurtful or offensive; and we need to be conscious of what we are allowing ourselves to be exposed to in our lives – workplace, local community, television, theater, music, entertainment, etc.

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

(Ephesians 5:3-6, NKJV)

There are things in our lives about which we are not conscious of needing repentance. May the Lord open our eyes, and may we be obedient to confess and repent.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 19

Solomon asked for wisdom, and the Lord rewarded him with the most amazing level of understanding in human history. Among the many things Solomon came to understand was what was needed to keep one’s relationship with God on good footing.

“There are six things Adonai hates, seven which he detests: a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet swift in running to do evil, a false witness who lies with every breath, and him who sows strife among brothers.”

(Proverbs 6:16-19, CJB)

Lord, show us where we are doing any of these things. Don’t let us get away with pretending or kidding ourselves that we are so much better and above these things.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 20

Much too often our wicked behavior attempts to disguise itself as discipline, loyalty, and commitment. Are we so devoted to our interpretations of things that we allow a gulf or a wall to emerge between us and our brothers?

“Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.”

(Philippians 1:15-17, NKJV)

The most painful wounds are inflicted by those we consider friends and brothers, loved ones, respected teachers and mentors.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 21

Take a look inside. Listen to your own thoughts. How often have you evaluated someone and come to the conclusion that you are better? Of course, you do not put it to yourself that way, exactly; and you would NEVER express such a thought out loud! Be honest – a little raising of the eyebrows; a little clucking of the tongue; a little shaking of the head; a little rolling of the eyes; and even sometimes turning to the person next to you and saying, “Did you see….?”

“[Let] nothing [be done] through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”

(Philippians 2:3, NKJV)

Normal human behavior. How often do we excuse ourselves by saying, “that’s how everybody does…”?

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 22

Keep looking. We may have to adjust our definitions, change our angle, our perspectives, to be able to see ourselves in the Right Light. We are pretty sure we are not burdened by any of these reprehensible, sinful behaviors. King of kings, Creator of the universe, we beseech you: Open our eyes.

“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

(Colossians 3:5, NKJV)

Just when we think we cannot find anything else to clean out, we will come to understand that something we are convinced is not in us is in fact deeply rooted.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 23

Paul spent a fair amount of his efforts writing about the death of the old nature. It is something we must continue to do. If we are not vigilant, we will find ourselves confronting the old nature in us, trying to get a grip again. We must stand firm, and let the old man die.

“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new [man] who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

(Colossians 3:8-10, NKJV)

All around us, in our exile, we are exposed to worldly perspectives and attitudes that will erode our faith if we are not vigilant.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 24

Our goal is sanctification and purity, to be able to stand before the throne of God blameless. We know that the blood of Yeshua has purchased us; and we do not seek to cheapen his sacrifice. We know that he has set us free. Nevertheless, we must not allow sin to entangle us and interrupt our communion with him.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the pagans who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”

(1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, NKJV)

Our eyes need to be on Him, on His Word. Let us chase after holiness.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 25

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul is talking about a specific category of people when he says,

“Besides that, they learn to be idle, going around from house to house; and not only idle, but gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t.”

(1 Timothy 5:13, CJB)

Nevertheless, the principle at work here is applicable to all of us. It is so easy to allow gossip to show up in our interactions. We may even declare that we are expressing a request for prayer, when the basic effect is still gossip.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 26

I believe we can have hearty discussions about translations, interpretations, applications, and so forth, without descending into the sins mentioned in the following passage. But we must be very careful to watch ourselves, lest we transgress.

“And those who have believing masters, let them not despise [them] because they are brethren, but rather serve [them] because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a [means of] gain. From such withdraw yourself.”

(1 Timothy 6:2-5, NKJV)

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for us is the conviction that we are RIGHT. We may very well be right; but our interaction with each other still must not descend into “useless wranglings” and such.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 27

Writing to Titus, Paul again compares how we once were to how we are now. We can rejoice in our new life. But we must continue to be aware of the dangers of returning to our human nature.

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.”

(Titus 3:1-3, NKJV)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 28

An unrepentant heart will cause us to be religious and legalistic. We will insist on having things explained and understood according to our own interpretations. We must resist this tendency.

“But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”

(Titus 3:9-11, NKJV)

Discussion – midrash – is healthy and useful. We are learning from each other. Be careful that these discussions do not become contentious.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 29

I am not so sure specifically how to define “godless chatter,” but I am pretty sure we should be able to recognize it when we hear it, even when it is coming out of our own mouths. We certainly need to be aware of its dangers and be sure to guard against it every day.

“But avoid godless chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness and their words will spread like cancer.”

(2 Timothy 2:16-17, CJB)

We will talk with each other about recipes, that restaurant we visited, the book we are reading, what’s wrong with our car, etc. Not everything we talk about has God as its central theme. But there is a type of information exchange that is like the sound of animals babbling. It is corrosive to our spirits. This we must avoid and stop as soon as it arises.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 30

When it comes to lists of godless behavior, Paul gives us one of the longest in his second letter to Timothy. He is talking about what life will be like in the last days, and all of these types of people are demonstrating the results of an unrepentant heart.

“But understand this, that in the last days hard times will come – for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, hardhearted, unforgiving, backbiting, without self-control, brutal, hating what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!”

(2 Timothy 3:1-5, CJB)

This list absolutely makes us think of what the world has become these days. Let us not be like the world.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 31

Ya’acov (James) describing the importance of actually doing God’s word, not just hearing. When the Hebrew people received the Torah at Sinai, they declared with one voice, “We will hear and obey.” In their declaration they were acknowledging the importance of doing and not just hearing.

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

(James 1:19-21, NKJV)

Too often we are grace of God covers all of our sloppiness when it comes to hearing and doing his Word. The truth is we are directly affecting our ability to draw near to God when we are not obedient to his word.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 32

Every attempt we make to show wisdom without operating in accordance with God’s Word and the fruit of his Holy Spirit, will result in confusion. We must permanently banish envy and self-seeking. Otherwise, we will never be able to see the truth ourselves, let alone share it with others.

“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking [exist], confusion and every evil thing [are] there.”

(James 3:14-16, NKJV)

We are nearing the end of these forty days of examination and repentance. You may feel there is nothing left to dig out from the depths of your being. Continue to examine until the last root of ungodliness is discovered and removed, and has been replaced by the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 33

I trust that if you are taking the time and effort to follow these meditations, you have grown beyond the “newborn babe” state of your relationship with Almighty God. Nevertheless, we never stop growing with him. There is always more to learn and to understand; and the ill effects of our contrary nature continue to plague us.

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”

(1 Peter 2:1-2, NKJV)

Yeshua told us that unless we change and become like children we will not see the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). Do not let your desire to be “mature” lead you toward attitudes and behaviors that are evil.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 34

Make sure every scrap of your life “before God” has been done away with and you are pursuing LIFE in HIM by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

“For we [have spent] enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles– when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.”

(1 Peter 4:3, NKJV)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 35

We all take great comfort in our knowledge that we are fine, upstanding people; good citizens, pleasant neighbors, loving and generous members of our community. That is wonderful; but it is all external behavior. Sure, it is fueled mostly by internal goodness and purity. What about the parts of you that your neighbors, family, community do not see?

“For let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or evildoer or as a troublemaker.”

(1 Peter 4:15, NKJV)

Let us be completely rid of all ungodliness.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 36

Be careful who you are following. Test every word, every teaching, every proclamation and prophecy. Keep your eyes on Yeshua.

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, [and] bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

(2 Peter 2:1-3, NKJV)

Do not be drawn away by deceptions and sensationalisms.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 37

We all should know ourselves well enough to understand that our brothers (and sisters) are just as frail as we are. We should not harbor unrealistic expectations of our brothers. We should pray for them without ceasing.

“Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the Torah and judges the Torah. But if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah, but a judge.”

(James 4:11, CJB)

Speaking against each other is no small thing. Ya’acov (James) is reminding us in this passage that when we speak against our brother we are speaking evil against Torah. Do you want to be guilty of speaking evil against Torah?

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 38

So, in case you had not caught this – these unrepentant behaviors we have been speaking of are SIN. Sin creates a barrier in your relationship with the Father. As the apostle John points out, there is sin that does not lead to death. In other words, you will not lose your salvation over these things, but your life will be missing the joy and peace of being clean and pure.

“All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not [leading] to death.”

(1 John 5:17, NKJV)

Make sincere repentance a part of your daily interaction with Almighty God.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 39

In the Book of Revelation, the “One sitting on the throne” gives us a list of the types of transgressors who will not see the kingdom of heaven. By this time in scripture it is a fairly predictable list; but the very first one on the list might get our attention. Cowardly.

“But for the cowardly and faithless and detestable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars – their lot is in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

(Revelation 21:8)

Of all the things we know will interfere with our relationship with YHVH, here is a ringer. Fear. We are commanded by God NOT to be afraid. Apparently he takes this seriously. When we are afraid, we are not trusting him.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

DAY 40

We have come to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Rejoice in the banishment of all ungodliness due to your thorough attention to repentance. And take this encouragement with you:

“In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable, or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy. Keep doing what you have learned and received from me, what you have heard and seen me doing; then the God who gives shalom will be with you.”

(Philippians 4:8-9, CJB)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

ADULTERY
Strong’s G3430: adultery
from G3431: to commit adultery; have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife; a Hebrew idiom (the word used of those who at a woman’s solicitation are drawn away to idolatry)

ANGER
Strong’s G3709: anger, the natural disposition, temper, character; movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger; anger, wrath indignation; anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself.

ARGUMENTS
Strong’s G3055: to contend about words; to wrangle about empty and trifling matters

BACKBITINGS
Strong’s G2636: defamation, evil speaking

BACKBITER
Strong’s G2647: a defamer or evil speaker

BITTERNESS
Strong’s G4088: bitter gall; extreme wickedness; a bitter root, and so producing a bitter fruit; metaph. bitterness, bitter hatred

BLASPHEMY (Evil Speaking)
Strong’s G988: slander, detraction, speech injurious to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to diving majesty

Do Not BOAST
Strong’s G2620: to glory against, to exult over, to boast one’s self to the injury (of a person or thing)

BOASTERS
Strong’s G213: an empty pretender, boaster

CLAMOR
Strong’s G2906: a crying, outcry, clamour

COARSE JESTING
Strong’s G2160: pleasantry, humour, facetiousness; in a bad sense, scurrility, ribaldry, low jesting

CONCEITS
Strong’s G5450: a puffing up of soul, loftiness, pride

CONTENTIONS
Strong’s G2054: contention, strife, wrangling

COVETOUSNESS
Covetousness Man
Strong’s G4124: greedy desire to have more, covetousness, avarice
Strong’s G4123: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others; greedy of gain, covetous

DECEIT
Strong’s G1388: craft, deceit, guile

DECEIVED
Strong’s G4105: to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way;

DECEPTIVE Words
Strong’s G4112: moulded, formed, as from clay, wax, or stone; feigned

DIVISIVE man (Heretic)
Strong’s G141: fitted or able to take or choose a thing; schismatic, factious, a follower of a false doctrine; heretic

DISOBEDIENT
Strong’s G545: impersuasible, not compliant, disobedient, contumacious

Obsessed with DISPUTES
Strong’s G3552: to be sick; metaph. of any ailment of the mind, to be taken with such an interest in a thing as amounts to a disease, to have a morbid fondness for
Strong’s G2214: a seeking; enquiry; a questioning, debate; a subject of questioning or debate, matter of controversy

DISSENSIONS
Strong’s G1370: dissension, division

DIVISIONS
Strong’s G4978: a rent; metaph. a division, dissension
from G4977: to cleave, cleave asunder, rend; to divide by rending; to split into factions, be divided

DRUNKENNESS (revelings)
Strong’s G2970: a revel, carousal
Strong’s G3178: intoxication; drunkenness

ENVY
Strong’s G5355: envy; for envy, i.e. prompted by envy;
Strong’s G4089: bitter; metaph. Harsh, virulent
Strong’s G2205: excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit

EVIL DESIRE
Strong’s G2556: a bad nature; of a mode of thinking, feeling, acting; troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful
Strong’s G1939: desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

EVIL-MINDEDNESS
Strong’s G2550: bad character, depravity of heart and life; malignant subtlety, malicious craftiness

EVIL SPEAKING (Blasphemy)
Strong’s G988: slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

EVIL SUSPICIONS
Strong’s G4190: full of labours, annoyances, hardships; bad, of a bad nature or condition
Strong’s G5283: a surmising
from G5282: to suppose, surmise

FILTHINESS
Strong’s G151: obscenity, filthiness

FILTHY LANGUAGE
Strong’s G148: foul speaking, low and obscene speech

FOOLISH
Strong’s G453: not understood, unintelligible; not understanding, unwise, foolish

FOOLISH DISPUTES
Strong’s G3474: foolish; impious, godless
Strong’s G2214: a seeking; enquiry; a questioning, debate; a subject of questioning or debate, matter of controversy

FOOLISH TALKING
Strong’s G3473: foolish talking
from a compound of G3474: foolish; impious, godless
and G3004: to say, to speak

FORNICATION (Sexual Immorality)
Strong’s G4202: llicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, metaphorical the worship of idols
Strong’s G4205: a man who prostitutes his body to another’s lust for hire; a male prostitute; a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator

GENEALOGIES
Strong’s G1076: a genealogy, a record of descent or lineage

GREEDINESS
Strong’s G4124: greedy desire to have more, covetousness, avarice

HATERS OF GOD
Strong’s G2319: hateful to God, exceptionally impious and wicked

HATEFUL
Strong’s G4767: hated, detestable

HATING one another
Strong’s G3404: to hate, pursue with hatred, detest; to be hated, detested

HATRED
Strong’s G2189: enmity, cause of enmity
from G2190: hated, odious, hateful; hostile, hating, and opposing another

HERESIES
Strong’s G139: act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city; choosing, choice; that which is chosen; a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party); dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims.

HYPOCRISIES
Strong’s G5272: an answering; an answer; the acting of a stage player; dissimulation, hypocrisy

INDIGNATION
Strong’s G2372: passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again; glow ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)

IDOLATRY
IDOLATER
Strong’s G1495: the worship of false gods, idolatry; in the plural, the vices springing from idolatry and peculiar to it
Strong’s G1496: a worshipper of false gods, a idolater; a covetous man as a worshipper of Mammon

INVENTOR OF EVIL THINGS
Strong’s G2182: an inventor or contriver
Strong’s G2556: of a bad nature; of a mode of thinking, feeling, or acting; troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful

JEALOUSY
Strong’s G2205: excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit; zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything; an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

LEWDNESS
Strong’s G2845: a place for lying down, resting, sleeping in; the marriage bed; cohabitation, whether lawful or unlawful
Strong’s G766: unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence

LIE
Strong’s G5574: to lie, to speak deliberate falsehoods; to deceive one by a lie, to lie to

LUSTS and PLEASURES
Strong’s G1939: desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
Strong’s G2237: pleasure; desires for pleasure

MALICE
Strong’s G2549: malignity, malice, ill-will, desire to injure; wickedness, depravity; evil, trouble

MURDERS
Strong’s G5408: murder, slaughter

Overflow of WICKEDNESS
Strong’s G2549: malignity, malice, ill-will, desire to injure; wickedness, depravity; evil, trouble

PASSION
Strong’s G3806: whatever befalls one, whether it be sad our joyous; a feeling which the mind suffers

PROUD
Strong’s G5187: to raise a smoke, to wrap in a mist; to blind with pride or conceit, to render foolish or stupid
Strong’s G5244: showing oneself above others, overtopping, conspicuous above others, pre-eminent; with an overweening estimate of one’s means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt; haughty

PUFFED UP
Strong’s G5448: to make natural, to cause a thing to pass into nature; to inflate, blow up, to cause to swell up; to puff up, make proud; to be puffed up, to bear one’s self loftily, be proud

REVELRY/REVELRIES
Strong’s G2970: a revel, carousal

SCHISM
Strong’s G4978: a rent; metaph. a division, dissension

SELFISH AMBITIONS (strife)

SELF SEEKING
Strong’s G2052: electioneering or intriguing for office; in the NT a courting distinction, a desire to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not distain low arts

SEXUAL IMMORALITY (Fornication)
Strong’s G4202: Illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, metaphorical the worship of idols

SORCERY (witchcraft)
Strong’s G5331: the use or the administering of drugs; poisoning; sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it; metaph. The deceptions and seductions of idolatry

STRIFE
Strong’s G2054: contention, strife, wrangling

STRIVINGS about the law (Torah)
Strong’s G3163: a fight or combat

TUMULTS
Strong’s G181: instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion

UNCLEANNESS

UNCLEAN PERSON
Strong’s G167: physical; in a moral sense the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living
Strong’s G169: not cleansed, unclean; in a ceremonial sense: that which must be abstained from according to the levitical law; in a moral sense: unclean in thought and life

UNDISCERNING
Strong’s G801: unintelligent, without understanding, stupid

UNFORGIVING
Strong’s G786: without a treaty or covenant; that cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant, implacable

UNLOVING
Strong’s G794: without natural affection, unsociable (Rom 1:31 marg.), inhuman (2Ti. 3:3 RSV), unloving (2Ti. 3:3 NKJV)

UNMERCIFUL
Strong’s G415: without mercy, merciless

UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
Strong’s G93: injustice, of a judge; unrighteousness of heart and life; a deed violating law and justice, act of unrighteousness

UNTRUSTWORTHY
Strong’s G802: uncompounded, simple; covenant breaking, faithless

USELESS WRANGLINGS
Strong’s G3859: constant contention, incessant wrangling

VAINGLORY
Strong’s G2754: vain glory, groundless, self esteem, empty pride; a vain opinion, error

VIOLENT
Strong’s G5197: an insolent man; one who uplifted with pride, either heaps insulting language upon others or does them some shameful act of wrong

WHISPERERINGS
Strong’s G5587: a whispering, i.e. secret slandering; of the magical murmuring of a charmer of snakes

WHISPERER
Strong’s G5588: a whisperer, secret slanderer, detractor

WICKEDNESS
Strong’s G4189: depravity, iniquity, wickedness; malice; evil purpose and desires

(OUTBURSTS OF) WRATH
Strong’s G2372: passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again; glow ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)