Covering Our Sin
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
This lack of prosperity is spiritual prosperity. Whether we Christians are rich or poor spiritually will be determined by what we do about our sin. We can cover it and have spiritual poverty or we can confess and forsake it and be rich spiritually.
John 16:8, 12, 13: And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: . . . 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
The only thing that the Holy Spirit does for unbelievers is to reprove them of their sin and their need to receive Jesus.
The first things the Holy Spirit does for Christians is to reprove us of our sin and convince us that we must confess and forsake it. If we quench Him and grieve Him in these two things, our sin will short-circuit our relationship with God. Our sin will insulate us from Him.
Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
If we quench Him, we quench our relationship with the Lord.
Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
If we grieve Him we will be joyless and we will be weak and unfruitful Christians. We will not bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Nehemiah 8:10b: . . . the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Spiritual poverty will be characterized by a lack of love, (receiving it and giving it) joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and righteousness. When we run out of love, joy, peace and the other fruit of the Spirit we need to find out what sin is blocking our blessing and confess it. The Holy Spirit will know about it before we recognize it.
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.