“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. ”
Psalms 32:1-5 NLT
This is another Psalm of David! David was guilty of sin, just like us. He knew the turmoil of un-confessed sin. For the child of God there is a conscience toward sin that alerts us to our wrongs. This is called "conviction" of the Holy Spirit. When we sin, an alarm is set off that causes us to feel guilt and shame. When we continue in the same practice, we become callous and cold. We become indifferent (unconcerned). This is a dangerous place to be. Sin is detrimental to our very lives and has no promotional benefits. To the contrary, sin demotes and destroys. When we allow sin to go un-confessed and not repented of, we set ourselves in a place of great difficulty. Peace alludes us. Joy is absent. Our hearts and minds become unsettled and uncertain. The Bible says that way of the transgressor is hard.“Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”Proverbs 13:15 KJVSin may be pleasurable for the moment but it sours at the end of its experience.
When we try to carry the burden of our sins, we fall beneath its crushing load. What we must do to be free is:
1. Recognize that there is a way out. Jesus is that way out!“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”John 14:6 KJV
2. Confess our sin to Jesus!“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”1 Timothy 2:5 KJV“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9 KJV
3. Repent of your sin. Turn from it and relinquish it into God's hands. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”2 Corinthians 7:10 KJV“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”Acts 2:38 KJV
4. Accept forgiveness! “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”Ephesians 1:7 KJV (see also Colossians 1:14)
Today, if sin has you pinned to the mat and you feel like you are awaiting the countdown of defeat, turn to Jesus. There is forgiveness with Him. Freedom waits at His feet. Don't continue to wander in sins dark night. Come into the light!
Rev. Curtis Norris