Confessing AND Forsaking Sin
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Covering our sins will keep us from mercy. Having the mercy of God is the best kind of prosperity. Money can*t buy it. It is part of the most valuable thing we can possess, salvation. Having the complete mercy of God requires two things, confessing sins and forsaking them. If we confess our sins without forsaking them, we might get only partial mercy. We might get mercy for our past sins but not for our future sins. If we forsake our sins without confessing them, we may not commit them in the future, but we might not have mercy for past sins. Lacking the mercy of God is the worst kind of poverty. When the Lord chastises us for sin we must confess and forsake it.
Hebrews 12:8: But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Many times in my Christian walk, I have had the wrong attitude about sin. I have hardened my heart to the chastisement of the Lord. How about you?
I have believed that it didn*t matter if I repeated a sin in the future because I could always ask God*s forgiveness for it. I was not forsaking my sin. I have believed that I was too weak and unable to resist that temptation. I was not forsaking my sin. I have believed that it didn*t hurt anyone else. I was not forsaking my sin. I have believed that it didn*t really matter much to the Lord. I was not forsaking my sin.
We commit a lot of sins that we don*t even know are sins. So what can we do about those? I sometimes ask the Lord to forgive the sins that I don*t know about. I suggest you do that also.
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.
We do not resist temptation in order to become the children of God. We resist temptation BECAUSE we are the children of God. His convicting us of our sin is evidence that we are and will always be His children.
Hebrews 12:7: If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
He has never and will never disown His children.
Hebrews 13:5b: . . . for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Care to discuss Confessing AND Forsaking Sin with Ron?