Sunday, May 15, 2011

Secret Sins

“He who covers his sins will not prosper,
      But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”.                  Prov. 28:13
People can block the power of God in their lives because of secret sins.
We are accountable for our sins.  Our relationship with Christ can become separated and fellowship is broken when we chose to live with secret sins.
Many times after we commit our sins, we then try to justify them, excuse them and rationalize them.   We feel we must defend ourselves by blaming others or convincing ourselves that “it’s really not that bad.”  However hiding the sin is worse.
Sin that comes between man and God is bad but the worst part is when we try to hide it.
For the most part, the “Achan” ….one who hides their sins, puts up a good front. They do all the right things, they try to convince everyone they are good, upright, honest Christians and that they are servants of God and givers.
“Achan’s” sin is not in public and not in the house of God, but it is hidden in his/her home.    
They live under the cloud of denial and deception that there is nothing wrong with their life because they attend church, worship and give money in the offering.
Sadly, it is not so much in public but in private that our lives dishonor God.
God is just, merciful and loves you!  But God must judge and punish unconfessed and unrepented sins. He is willing to forgive when we confess our sins.
Remember failure, defeat and the wrath of God does not come upon us because we have sinned, it is because we covered our sins.  We do NOT hate them!   We do NOT weep over our sins.   We do NOT take God’s Word to heart and allow our hearts to be broken. We choose to continue living with secret sins because we want to be in control.
Repentance means dying to our flesh and totally surrendering to Jesus Christ.
People do not go to hell simply because they are sinners. They go because they will not repent of their sins.   It is a choice and God will not infringe upon our free will.
I John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Are you willing to diligently search your heart’s desires?
Are you willing to examine all the things you do, think and love in order to find the “Achan” in your life?
Are you a Pharisee, doing the outward deeds of Christianity to be seen by men?

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