February 28, 2012

Confess and Renounce

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- February 28, 2012

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

Sin that man covers, Christ will uncover. Sin that man uncovers, Christ will cover. He covers it with His love. Shame seeks to hide unseemly behavior from heaven, but a loving Savior brings grace to feelings of disgrace. It is better to quickly reveal to God what He already knows. Admission is healing. Sin that is concealed compounds its cruel consequences, but immediate confession and renouncement lessens its unholy effects.

Like sodium contributes to rising blood pressure, so sin contributes to a sick and sad heart. However, the remedy of walking in humility brings down the demon of disillusioned living and replaces it with peaceful wisdom. A clear conscience has clarity in the ways of God. Sin ignored is a silent killer of relational intimacy, but sin laid bare finds mercy.

“Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.” Daniel 4:27

Is there a hidden sin that haunts you? Perhaps flirtation has crept into your mind and emotions for someone other than your spouse. Online forays into places that provide short-term satisfaction have created long-term dissatisfaction. A hidden sin can be failing to disclose all the information in a deal or relationship for fear of rejection. These deceptive delights turn sour to our souls when exposed to the light of the Lord’s love and holiness.

When we bow before the glowing glory of God, our motives and concealed sins are exposed. Like a freshly fileted fish, the glory of God is able to gut slimy sin from the belly of our bad behavior. The degree of our indiscretions determine the depth of our pain, but far better to come clean with Christ than to live a lie in silent suffering. So, bow in humble confession and genuine repentance—as His glory and mercy make you whole.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

What unhealthy habit or hidden sin does the Lord want me to confess and renounce?

Related Readings: Ezekiel 14:6; Daniel 4:27; Acts 14:15; 2 Corinthians 4:2

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Comments

  1. Wendy says:

    Great Devotion! I pray that when my husband reads this today that it opens his eyes up to the truth of his sins and he will turn away from the things that he is doing wrong and turn back to his marriage and family. That as yesterday’s devotion went about strongholds, that God will demolish Satan’s stronghold on my husband.

  2. surfercajun says:

    @ Wendy,

    Even if he does not read this and your comment pray for your head. Even if he does not pray for you, pray for him. Our good and wise Father will give him reason and convict his heart even if you can not. I must admit it is sad when our husbands do not listen to our caution and a wrong turn is taken. BUT remember, Wendy we MUST give all to our Father… I can not began to tell you how many times now that my unbelieving spouse was convicted by God directly. Not that I am telling on him but giving glory and thankfulness to God and his precious Son.

    Give thanks in all things.

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