Sunday, July 2, 2017

He who conceals his sins does not prosper. ~ Prov. 28:13

True confession of faith is always accompanied by confession of sin.

As a Christian declares his faith in Jesus Christ, he will also necessarily admit his sin and guilt before God.

Due to our sinful nature, the first thing we instinctively want to do after we sin is to conceal it. King David did this prior to feeling God’s heavy hand upon him. But God helped him to change, and David declared, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’and you forgave the guilt of my sin”(Ps. 32: 5).

Concealing is the opposite of confession.
But Proverbs 28: 13 tells us, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper.”

Such a person will remain a failure; he can never succeed.

Are you concealing your sin?
If so, you will not prosper.

Concealing sin finally leads to death, as Joshua 7 illustrates.

Achan was an Israelite who clearly knew God’s will, but he disregarded it. When he saw a beautiful Babylonian garment and some silver and gold in Jericho, he coveted them, took them, hid them, and refused to confess. No one, however, can conceal anything from God’s sight. Achan was exposed by God’s intervention, and his unwilling confession did not result in mercy. Rather, when Achan’s guilt was exposed, the Israelites stoned him to death in administration of divine justice.

Willing confession, born of the Holy Spirit’s convicting work in the soul, is the prelude to and condition for forgiveness.

Such confession always involves forsaking and renouncing our sins.

We cannot come to God and continue to be greedy or a liar or a thief or a homosexual or an adulterer.
True repentance means turning away from evil and turning to God.

The Bible has no Plan B that will allow us to come to God while continuing in sin. That is a false gospel. We must forsake all sin.

When Jacob went to Bethel to worship Yahweh, he acted in accordance with this principle.

He instructed his household, “Get rid of all your idols,”and they left them behind (Gen. 35: 2).
Therefore, what should you do?
-- Confess your sins and prosper.
-- Confess your sins and enjoy divine liberation from all shackles. -- Confess your sins and live!

~ devotion from Daily Delight: Meditations from the Scriptures