Monday, September 22,
Psalm 32:5 I
acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will
confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest
the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Oh what a great
lesson the Psalmist gives us here on repentance. It is vital to our spiritual health that we
come clean with the Lord regularly. This
sinful nature is continually pulling at us attempting to lead us astray. We must come clean
daily, if not several times a day. Let’s
take a look over in this verse for some guidance. He says he “acknowledged” his sin unto the
Lord. In other words, he made the Lord
aware of his sin. Well now the Lord
already knew about the sin. What we must
realize is that admitting our sin to the Lord brings it out in the open. The first step to repentance is to get it out
in the open. Once we say it we can’t
take it back. It’s now out there. This rids the issue of pride in the
situation. He acknowledges his sin and
then we see that he even acknowledges his “iniquity” before the Lord. Iniquity is sin that has to do with our
morality. You see friend, all sin
eventually leads to the destruction of our moral being. We must reach down deep into our heart and
pull out those immoral sins and lay them before the Lord. Whether it is physical sin or mental sin, it
must be released to the Lord. Now he
confesses his “transgressions” unto the Lord.
Transgression here means rebellion.
Harbored sin always creates rebellion.
A person who becomes rebellious is a person with harbors sin in their
life. One bad potato in the bag will
eventually spread rot to the entire bag.
And…have you ever smelled a rotten potato?? After confession of all his sin a wonderful,
merciful and graceful thing happens. “and thou forgavest
the iniquity of my sin”. Hallelujah,
praise the Lord! The Lord is faithful to
forgive. Notice he says that the Lord
forgave him of “the iniquity” of his sin.
Remember iniquity is the immorality of sin. In other words the filth of
his sin. Sin spreads filth my
friend. We have a reminder this morning
of the great importance of repentance.
Come clean with the Lord dear friend.
And then we may rest in the Lord.
He finishes the verse with “Selah”.
This signifies a pause for rest.
Tuesday, September 23,
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy.
4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin. Sin
is as a poison that we personally drink and then allow it to eat us from inside
out. Have you ever noticed that when we
do something that we know is not right that we tend to be sneaky about it? We will go to great extents to hide it from
others that we know will call our attention to its wrongness. We hide it because we know it’s wrong. When it’s wrong and we know it’s wrong then
it is charged to our account as sin. Sin
must be dealt with. Notice our verse
deals with our attempting to hide our wrongs.
“He that covereth
his sins shall not prosper”. He
mentions the situation here as covering it.
Covering sin is about like trying to hide a live animal. I am reminded when the Lord through Samuel
commanded King Saul to eradicate the Amalekites and all their living including
their animals. He was to completely
destroy any living thing that pertained to the Amalekites. But he decided to keep some for himself. When he reports in to Samuel he has attempted
to hide it from him. 1Samuel 15:13-14 And
Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed
be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. And Samuel said, What
meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears,
and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? It is hard to hide a live, bleating
animal. And my friend it is hard to hide
our live bleating sin as well. We are
warned here in our verse that shady works will cause us not to prosper. This could mean physically and
spiritually. Attempting to cover sin
will eventually haunt us. “But whoso confesseth
and forsaketh them shall have mercy”. We must
confess our sin to the Lord . We must admit to him our wrongs. Many times we tend to make up excuses rather
than to admit our wrongs as sin. We say
we did it because of this or because of that.
Or we say so and so caused us to do this or that. Laying the blame on someone else will not set
us free from the penalty of sin. We must
answer for our own sin. Our verse tells
us if we confess our sin to the Lord He will have mercy on us. Why would He do this? Because of JESUS! Hallelujah!
It is the blood of Jesus that pardons us of our sin. The penalty of sin is death. But, praise the Lord, Jesus died for us. 1Peter
2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on
the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed. He took our
place. The only thing we are expected to
do is confess our sin. That seems like
an easy thing to do, but we tend to make it complicated because of our pride. We are too proud to admit our wrongs. Pride does still bring on destruction! Lastly, we are promised mercy IF we forsake
our sin. It is easy to make a habit of
sin. We must confess and forsake that
which does so easily beset us. To
forsake means to leave it or to abandon it.
And our wonderful KJV Bible uses the “eth” at the end of our word
here. This shows continuance. We must continue to strive to abandon sinful
situations. If we know trouble is there
then don’t go there. If the Spirit makes
us aware of a wrong circumstance then we must forsake it. Well, personally I feel convicted. I’m going to pray and ask the Lord to cleanse
me of any harbored sin in my life. I
encourage you all to do the same. Is
that sin I hear bleating?? Sin is a
nasty animal. We must rid it from our