Confess and Renounce… “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy”. Proverbs 28:13
We think we can blend in with the masses and justify with the false premise that “everyone is doing it”. It may be living together, un-forgiveness, cheating, or eating and drinking too much. However, Christ is our model and the Bible is our standard. When He pin points our pride as a problem, it is confession that gives us control over our ego. Once we renounce our sin, then we are positioned to receive the mercy and grace of God.
Like Ezra, your example of confession and renouncing of sin may be the catalyst for others to do the same, “While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly” (Ezra 10:1). Give permission for repentance and pent up fears and frustrations to flow freely before the Lord.
God is faithful to forgive once you acknowledge your guilt to Him, “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. Selah” (Psalm 32:5). Is there anything I am attempting to cover up before Christ? What do I need to confess and renounce to a friend, family member or my Heavenly Father? Confession is cleansing.
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
September 27, 2022
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