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Uncovering our sins before God is the first step toward mercy.

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[Gary Petty] Solomon writes in Proverbs 28:13 Proverbs 28:13He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.
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, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Solomon here gives us very important instructions and our relationship with God in the fact that we are sinners, we sin. What do we do with that sin? You know, first thing he says is we don’t cover the sin. You and I have to take personal responsibility for our sins. We can’t blame it on other people, we can’t say, “Well, this person made me do it.” We need to understand that when we go before God, we need to uncover our sins. Once we uncover our sins, he says we must confess them. You know, confessing sins is more than just saying, “Oh Lord, forgive me today for I sinned.” It is actually going before God after we take this responsibility and uncover our sins. And we go before God and we say, “Here’s how I sinned today. Today I said this. Today I did this. Today I hurt other people and I’m asking you to forgive me.”

As Christians, we’re asking God, “Please take the blood of Jesus Christ and apply it to me,” because Jesus Christ is our sacrifice, he is our substitute for our sins, and we go and we confess them. Sometimes we just take our sins way too lightly, we take them way too lightly. And then he says that we are to forsake them. You know, we confess, we uncover our sins, we confess, and then we go back and we keep doing the same sins over and over again without any corresponding change. Now, change takes time, change is hard, but God expects us to forsake them. Forsake, to give them up. What we want to do is confess and receive forgiveness and then hang onto our sins, hang on to them and not let them go. He says we also must forsake our sins. David really had this kind of attitude. And when you look through the Psalms, you see where David, Solomon’s father, had an understanding of this type of relationship with God. 

Now listen to this, here’s what David said, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” See uncovered, now they’re covered by God. “Blessed is a man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity and whose spirit there is no deceit.” He says, “When I kept silent, my bones grew old and through my groaning all the day long, but for day and night, your hand was heavy upon me.” (Psalms 32:1-4 Psalms 32:1-4 1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
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) David said until he went through this process of uncovering, confessing, and forsaking his sins, he could feel God’s heavy hand upon him.

Is God’s heavy hand upon you? Because you are not going before him and accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, uncovering your sins, taking responsibility, confessing them in detail, and then forsaking them, letting God help you overcome them. Use these three steps that Solomon outlines for us and you will, as he said, receive mercy from God.

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Comments

  • Gary Petty
    Barry, There are times when we need to confess a specific sin to God because it is creating a break in our relationship with Him. Repentance is more general when we first realize our need for God, accept Christ as the sacrifice for our sins and ask God for forgiveness. We might confess some specific sins, but it would be impossible to confess all of them. At that time, we need to acknowledge that we are sinners, that sin has become embedded into our human nature, and desire God's mercy and change through the power of His Spirit. After we have been forgiven by God we will sometimes fall back into sin. Then we need to confess the specific sin and seek God's restoration. Always remember, it is God's nature to want us to repent and He desires to forgive us.
  • armandgt
    You don't have to tell God all the sins you have committed, when you confessed that you have sinned, asked for God's forgiveness by accepting our Lord Jesus Christ's sacrifice and savior, God will blot out your past sins. Repentance is an everyday task until we overcome sin. Jesus commanded baptism to show we are following Him.
  • Barry_compton
    I ask God for for forgiveness for all my past sins when I turned my life over to him . Does the fact that that I didn't go through them one at a time mean he won't forgive them till I do ? Barry
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