Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Shame and guilt are powerful tools.
In the hands of our enemy, they hold a soul in bondage. He accuses and lies to us, saying God is mad at us. He hates us for what we did. We should feel ashamed.
With God, shame and guilt bring conviction. Conviction reveals where we transgressed and the breach that is now present in our relationship with the Father. The Word lights the path back to Him.
1 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.”
Confession is, agreeing with God about my sin. He already knows. He was there when we did it. Our admittance to Him begins the process of repentance; seeing where it is I must turn from, and to Whom I must turn.
Often though, it is the forsaking part with which we struggle.
At times, the circuit we ride to and from our sin is a well-worn path with shorter and shorter distances each time we travel. I call it the merry-go-round. As we take our seats on this ride, we can call that our starting point; being right with God.
Then, as the ride begins, we take a slow descent from where we were to look at the world from a different viewpoint. We slowly travel towards the world and are increasingly tempted by sin.
At the point where we decide to cross the line into sin, we are 180 degrees from where we started. The Holy Spirit convicts our hearts, and we realize just how far we are from our Heavenly Father. Confession begins the process, and repentance sets the direction back to Him.
The ride sometimes continues faster, sometimes slower, but we are still on the ride!
Forsaking is the action of getting off of the ride altogether.
It becomes difficult if we take pleasure in what the ride can provide. We enjoy the thrill of always traveling and seeing all parts of the world, being close enough to touch, and taking part in its pleasures. Satan paints sin to look like a lovely picture.
Once we taste it, though, it becomes bitter over time. The sweetness we once saw, sours so very quickly.
Addicts are seen as a pariah. Unable to control their desires, they rush to their drug of choice and embrace it like a long lost love. If we were to be honest – every child of God is an addict.
A shocking statement, I know. Please hear me out.
We read in Hebrews:
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Every human being has a sin at which they fall prey easily. My sin might not be your sin, and your sin might not be like your neighbor’s. We ALL sin – the Bible says as much.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Wouldn’t it right to say that humanity is addicted to sin?
And Jesus is the cure?
You may not wholly embrace this as truth, but it is worth meditating on – which is why Saturdays have been set aside for such things on Daily Manna.
Take some time to think about the possible merry-go-round in your life. Is there a sin you fall prey to often? Have you been able to forsake it and get off of the ride? Or have we been lured and tempted to get back on knowing full well the outcome?
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome.
It is when we are off the merry-go-round of our sin that we can see clearly to find the right path and walk with God to a higher purpose and deeper fellowship.