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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fess Up!


I recently heard a story about a man who had been running from the police for over ten years.  He was from Canada and came to the States where he completely changed his identity in order to continue to hide from authorities.  He shared how that during that time, he was constantly looking over his shoulder; fearful someone would recognize him and arrest him for the things he had done.

You and I might not have that kind of criminal record, but have you ever worried that someone might find out what you are doing?  Maybe you don't want your husband to find the receipt in your wallet for the money you spent that you know you shouldn't have.  One might worry that the history on their computer might be checked, and they would be caught in the truth that they were viewing inappropriate material, or spending way too much time chatting on Facebook with an old friend.

I don't need to drudge up scenarios.  The Holy Spirit will bring to your mind and mine the things that we may be hiding that need to be confessed and forsaken.  I love Proverbs 28:1 -

The wicked flee when no man pursues, 
but the righteous are bold as a lion. 

When we are doing what is right, we do not have to be afraid of who is watching, of where they might look into our personal things, or hear a conversation we have on the phone.  We can be bold.  However, if we are involved in sin, we should be afraid.  Proverbs 15:3 - 

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

We cannot hide our sin from God.  He sees and it will be discovered.  The man I described in the beginning of this post was miserable due to the guilt.  He confessed his sin to God, and turned himself in to the authorities where he received a lesser punishment for his crimes than what he really deserved.  When we "fess up," with God and others we've sinned against,  we will be freed from the fear of being found out, our conscience is clear of the guilt, and we can move joyfully on with life!

Is your conscience clear, or did something come to your mind when you began reading today's post?  
Proverbs 28:13 - 
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Fess (confess) up, forsake, and  get back to living!


Pastor's Encouragement:  Pray that your pastor will earnestly seek God's will and be committed to instant and complete obedience-ready for God to work powerfully in and through his ministry.

Husband Encouragement:  There are lots of tough guys in the world, but true courage comes from the Lord.  Does your husband exhibit the courage to take an unpopular stand alone against evil?  Is he courageous in his faith?  Does he work hard to change injustice?  Is he a stickler for the truth?  Does he protect you or your family from the attacks of the enemy?

Psalm 27:14 says this kind of courage comes from "waiting on the Lord for His strength."  Such spiritual courage is a gift and blessing to you - thank the Lord of it and praise your husband for the covering he supplies.

With love,

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