Secret Sins

He who conceals his sins doesn’t prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.        Proverbs 28:13-14 (WEB)

In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 3:2 “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”     Matthew 3:1-2 (WEB)

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”     Matthew 4:17 (WEB)

Secret sins are those ones that only God and I know about. They are usually sins that I commit in my mind or heart. I think or feel what is inside of me. Is it what I want inside me? NO!

Jesus warns me in Luke 12:24-26 that if I ask and receive the cleaning of my spirit and that home inside of me is emptied of that sin then I need to fill it up with the goodness of the Lord (Philippians 4:8, Galatians 5:22-23). If I do not fill it with the Lord, guess who is going to be prowling around, waiting for an opportunity to move in?

There is also the “garbage in-garbage out” that I have mentioned before. When I was in college, I hung around with a group of people that transformed my language skills to – well, let’s just say it was the lowest common denominator! I would say I could swear like a sailor but I do not want to insult the U.S. Navy! After marriage and children, I did not hang around with people who spoke like that and for 30 years my language became the clean, beautiful speech that Jesus wanted to hear. Then I went to work at a place where I was around that language again. It seems so silly that as a grown-up, educated person that I would be so ‘easily led astray’! It is so important that we be on our guard and not ever take our spiritual health for granted. Who and where you hang – makes a difference!

Repent. How I resented that word. It is so much about P-R-I-D-E! To humble myself and fall to my knees is not a place of humiliation but a place of restoration. Repent is turning away from sin and walking toward where Jesus is. I do not have to plead and beg Jesus to forgive me. He wants to forgive me. It is a simple request, “Please, Jesus, forgive me for _____” and He does. It is not how many prayers or what I do to ‘make up’ for it. I can’t do enough to make up for what Jesus has done. He did (past tense) it. He took my sins that I was (am, will) going to commit and wiped them from the ledger.

I remember the best night of my life. It was the night that I got baptized. Baptism is a sacrament, an outward sign of an inward change. I came up out of that water and it was the best moment. I have never felt so clean and light. I want to live in that Light all of my life. (sigh)

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