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Hebrews 10:26-27 ” If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

We probably all know a person who has fallen away.  Someone who consciously rejected the spiritual enlightenment they had once received…who had tasted of God’s goodness, but chose instead to abandon their faith.  And when we intentionally reject Jesus Christ, we’re essentially saying that His sacrifice on the Cross meant nothing.   For when anyone falls away, they have turned their back on God’s truth and can only then look forward to His final judgment.

I John 1:8-9 ” If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The world doesn’t talk about sin as such.  To them, sin is an archaic word.  They’d rather shape the idea of sin into a palatable and more tolerable commodity that people will just accept without question.   I found an interesting quote about this.  The world says, ” My right is my duty.”  The Christian says, “My duty is my right.”  The question here being –  what is your focus…putting yourself before others… or putting others before yourself?   This is where sin and truth collide…it’s where the world deceives us into thinking sin isn’t that big of a deal…but truth tells us we need to come out from under the cloud of lies and self-indulgence and repent.

Lamentations 3:40-42 ” Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: ‘We have sinned and rebelled…’ “

Admitting we’re wrong and asking forgiveness is hard to do.  And when it comes to acknowledging our sin before God it gets even tougher.  It’s not that we’re deliberately rebelling against Him…of blatantly and conspicuously sinning for all to see.  No, it’s rather sins by omission that really mess us up.  These are secret sins that are easy to hide…things that only we may know about.  These sins of omission are things neglected and left undone in our lives…like regular time in the Word, or prayer.  Or they’re things we chose to turn a blind eye to…knowing the Lord wants us to act,  but choosing to be apathetic instead.  These sins of omission are disobedience at its best and need to be dealt with, for as time goes on, it becomes easier and easier to allow these sins to hide in our sub-conscience and justify them rather than admit they are wrong.

Genesis 39:7-9 ” Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ “

This Scripture specifically deals with immorality and adultery…but in the bigger picture, it deals with sin against God.  Have you ever considered that every time you sin – you’re  defying God to His face?  For every time you allow evil to reign in your life, you’re in direct opposition to God and rebelling against Him.  Joseph understood that giving into a temptation was a sin…but that sin isn’t self contained…for no matter how hidden we think it is, others will be affected by our lack of judgement.   And ultimately, Joseph knew he would be sinning against  God.

Matthew 8:3 ” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

When we come to Jesus, He says to us, “Be clean!”  And at that moment we are purified from all the pollution, guilt, and shame of our sins.  For it says in Psalm 51:2, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”  Where we once were covered with the filthy stains of sin,  we are now cleansed…our nastiness replaced by pristine purity and righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For it is only through the blood of Jesus that we can become cleansed from all our transgressions…it is only through Jesus we can be saved.

Proverbs 28:13 ” He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

We all have things we’ve done that we’re not proud of.  Lapses in our character where we actually thought we could hide willful sins…but God saw everything.  And the longer we attempt to cover-up and rationalize sin, the harder it is to admit we’ve crossed the line.  David in Psalm 32:5 told the Lord, “I acknowledge my sin to You, and do not cover up my iniquity.”   The first part of David’s confession was Relent.  We need to yield to God and admit we’ve messed up.  The second part was Repent.  There needs to be true remorse and shame for our sin.  We’re sorry for what we’ve done, not just sorry we got caught.  Finally, we need to Remove the sin from our life…by whatever means it takes.  By keeping a short account with God, we won’t find ourselves outside His Will and far from His compassion.

Isaiah 6:5 ” Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…”

In the presence of God, Isaiah realized instantaneously his sin of impure language.  In that moment of God’s presence, there’s never any vague, broad sense of sin…rather the Lord will laser focus in on some specific personal area of your life you need to change.  Your attention will be directed to it,  followed by conviction to take personal responsibility and confess the sin to Him…followed by you acknowledging your need for forgiveness.