Psalm 69:5 God Already Knows

Hiding lion

You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5 

Doing something wrong is not uncommon for people. People do things wrong on a regular basis. They break the laws of the land or community all the time.

Sometimes these are major infractions, while often they are minor ones, but either way it is doing something that should not be done. After breaking one of the laws, however, many people are concerned about getting caught by someone.

People driving down the road will often be speeding over the speed limit some. Sometimes quite a bit, other times just a little. When they suddenly see a cop, nearly everyone will hit the brakes and slow down, hoping they don’t get stopped. This even occurs for many who were not speeding.

David had sinned against God and knew it. He knew that God knew what he had done. His guilt was clear to him and to God.

When a person breaks the law of the land it is possible that no one on this earth knows anything about it. They can often get away free from punishment or judgement.

Since people cannot see God directly, they often think that God does not see them doing something wrong. They think they are in the free and clear, because no person saw them.

However, God is everywhere and sees every sin. Not only the physical open sins that people could see, but the sins of the heart and mind.

In the hearts and minds of people, many will hate or commit a sin of thoughts, rather than physically doing anything. They feel as though God cannot see it, but He does. They may be free before man, but they are guilty before God.

The only way to get free of the guilt is to confess it before God and turn from the sin.

God sees you every action that you do. He also knows your every thought and motive. There will be times you will sin against Him both physically and mentally.

Do not try to hide it from God, He already knows what you did. Go to Jesus and repent of that sin. Release it unto Him to be forgiven. God is waiting and ready to forgive every sin you have done, for whatever reason you had done it.

Allow Him to forgive you, rather than hide it and stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know God sees all; that you will repent of all sin against God; and that you will seek to live for God. 

Psalm 51:2 Asking For Forgiveness

Washing hands

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2 

Every person will do something wrong at some point or another in their life. When they do something wrong, sometimes they will get caught, while many times it appears that they get away with it and go free.

If no one directly says anything to a person, he feels that what he did was acceptable. There is no higher ruling or judgement because no one caught him.

Other people will do things that are wrong and try to justify it. They give excuses or reasons why they had to do what was wrong. Thus they do not see it as something wrong or sinful.

When it is viewed as nothing done wrong, there is no reason to admit it or request forgiveness.

David cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness. He had sinned and it was revealed. He knew that he had done wrong so He asks God to remove the sin from his life.

The world has its own set of rules and these rules change all the time and even from situation to situation. The authority to make these commands ultimately come from God, the supreme authority over all.

God has laid down rules on how to live on this earth, what a person can and cannot do. When a person chooses to break one of those laws, he has sinned against God.

In His great mercy God is willing to forgive and remove those sins. However, for God to do that, one must seek forgiveness. He has to ask God to forgive him and remove the sins from his life.

Jesus came and died on the cross for this very purpose, to remove sins. In His great love and mercy, Jesus is waiting to forgive and remove those sins. However, one must seek that forgiveness.

Just like David, you will sin at times against God. Everyone sins and no one is exempt from it. Do not allow that sin to remain in your life and bring you to death and separation from God.

Realize what you have done is wrong and go before God. Repent from those sins and turn away from them. Seek God’s great mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus can and will remove all sin from your life. Allow Him to change you and strengthen you to turn away from sin in your future.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will seek God’s forgiveness of your sins; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will live your life for God. 

Psalm 38:18 Troubling Feelings

Driving fast

I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18 

Driving down a highway one will see a common scene. As people are driving, many will be speeding, while others will be following the speed limit. When come up behind a policeman driving down the road, every one of the people will do two things–check their speed limit and hit the brakes. This happens regardless if they speed or not. They fear that they are doing something wrong.

While they may not be in the wrong in the moment, many are guilty of speeding on a regular basis.

Being guilty creates feeling of fear and worry in a person. They know that they have done something wrong and fear being caught. The world tries to suppress those feelings of guilt and fear, covering it with more sin and other things.

David knew that he had done some things wrong against God. He was troubled in his spirit by what he had done wrong. Instead of just covering it up and trying to hide it, he chose to confess to God what he had done wrong.

Every believer will make mistakes and sin against God. Some will be on accident, some will be on purpose, but either way it is sin against God. Most of the time, one will know when he has sinned or not.

Having unconfessed sin will put up a barrier in his relationship with God. There will be worry and fear because of it. There will be loss of sleep over the sin. It is because one knows that he had done something wrong against God.

Instead of trying to hide it in fear, the believer can tell God about it and turn from that sin. God is right there waiting to forgive every person who repents of his sin. He is not there waiting to beat the person down, but to restore with love.

You may have some things in your life in which you have made bad choices and went against God. You allowed sin to come in. As a result, you may be losing sleep and are worried about that sin.

Having the trouble over that sin is good, it is a sign that God is working on your heart to change you. Be willing to tell God about it and turn away from that sin. Allow God to forgive you and change you so that you will no longer be troubled by unconfessed sin. Know the love and forgiveness God has for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will know God’s forgiveness; that you will not try to hide sin from God; and that God will help you to turn from all sin. 

Ezra 10:1 True Confession

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While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites–men, women and children–gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. Ezra 10:1 

Every day people are being caught for doing something wrong. Some things are small things, such as speeding, while others are major things, such as murder. Often there is some type of sorrow being showed when the person is caught.

There are two different types of sorrow that get shown. The most common is the sorrow at being caught. People do not always see what they did as being really that bad or something wrong. It is common for people to go down the highway speeding, even though they know the speed limit. When caught, they are sorry they got caught, and then go speeding again.

Others have a true sorrow being shown. They are sorry from the heart at what they had done wrong.

Ezra was showing the second sorrow, sorrow for what they had done wrong as a nation. The people followed him in this sorrow with bitter weeping. They were not just saying that they were sorry, they acted upon their being sorry and made the needed changes.

There are people today who have been confronted by God directly or through others about a sin in their lives. Some are sorry that they got caught, while others are truly sorry for the sin.

Just saying ‘I’m sorry’ does not mean that one is truly sorry for what was done. It may or may not be true. A breaking of the heart shows true sorry. It is realizing that one has broken God’s heart by sinning and how bad that really is. It tears the person up and causes them to weep bitterly and strive to change their ways. It causes them to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness, because they know what they deserve.

As with everyone, you have made some mistakes and sinned against God. You may be confronted with that sin through reading His word, God speaking to you, or someone saying something that reveals it to you.

In that sin being exposed, you have a choice to make. You can regret getting caught, or you can weep and confess the sin. Allow God to break your heart and cause a change in your life. It will bring about true relief and a removal of the sin. Don’t keep hiding the sin, but allow God to forgive you.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will truly repent of all sins against God; that you will weep when you have sinned against God; and that you will know God’s mercy and forgiveness of your sins. 

Regrets

Burden of regret

Burden of regret

Regrets are something that most people have. Regrets are a sadness or disappointment over something that had happened in the past. The past might be the immediate past, or something that had occurred many years before.

Young children may have some regrets. They regret taking that cookie they were told not to take. Or maybe regret getting caught taking the cookie. Others may regret something they said or did to someone that got them in trouble. Many of these regrets are quickly forgotten and the child moves on.

Later, when in the middle school and high school years, the regrets stay about the same. Not really changing, not having much of an impact upon the person. When the regrets really begin to happen is when the person gets a little older, or into the middle years of life.

Most people look back on their lives and have a lot of regret for things that they had said or done in the years past. Some of those things were done in the name of fun. Others were done because of a lack of knowledge or wisdom. Still others were done on purpose at the time of being done, but had a lasting negative impact on the life of someone.

Choices made

Actions and words that a person can do and say can have an impact for many years upon some people. How many people can remember a harsh word said by someone they loved and trusted when they were young, and now they are much older? How many can remember being the one who said that harsh word when they were much younger and to this day regret ever having said it?

Many believers in the church have the same problem of living with regret. They regret their former way of life. They regret failing God time and again. The regret not taking the opportunities that God had placed in front of them out of fear.

While it is good to regret doing wrong and sinning before God or others, it is not good to stay in that regret. Regret keeps a person living in the past. Regret does not allow a person to move on. Regret does not allow a person to live the abundant life that God had planned for them.

One thing that regret does that most people do not see is that it tells God that He is not big enough to forgive the past.

1 John 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

It is true that every person has made a mistake in his past. There are things that both you and I have done that now we regret. All those things that we did wrong fall under the category of sin. Sin on purpose, or sin by accident, or sin by omission, all is sin.

As a believer in Jesus, you have to confess all those sins and repent of them. That is you must admit that you had done wrong and strive to never return down that same path again. If you have not confessed your sins or repented of them, then you are not really following Jesus, which means you are not saved.

I'm Sorry

If you have confessed your sins, God in His great love and mercy is willing to forgive you and purify you of all those sins.

Psalm 103:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

When God purifies you of your sins, He casts them out as far as the east is from the west. Think about that. No matter how far you travel east, you will never meet the west. You have to turn direction to meet the west. God has gotten rid of those sins, never to be remembered any more.

Micah 7:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

God has so much love and compassion for you that He will get rid of all your sins forevermore. They will be cast out to where no one can ever get to them again.

Now you may ask, what does all this have to do with regret? Glad you asked.

Going back to what was said at the beginning: regret is a sorrow, sadness or disappointment over something that was had happened in the past.

Many Christians have repented of a past sin, but have not forgiven themselves or gotten past the regret of doing it. They are constantly going to the altar asking God to forgive them of some past sin or regret.

If you believe the words found in the bible, you will know that Jesus has already paid for that regret and forgiven you of it. If God can forgive you of your sin, why can’t you forgive yourself? You are not better than God.

Let It Go

Let go of the past and look forward to now and the future. The past is already done, good or bad, and there is nothing more you can do about it. Once you seek forgiveness it is gone and done away with. God no longer remembers it.

Stop living with regret and start living for God. Jesus said that He came to give you a full life.

John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The world and Satan wants you to live in bondage to regret of your past. God wants you to live a full life in forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Every time you are reminded of something in your past that was wrong that you have already repented of, remind the devil that Jesus has forgotten that sin, and you do not need to regret it anymore. You have a future as a child of God, an heir to all that heaven holds. Do not live in the past. Live for today and the future.

No Regrets

Take all your regrets and mistakes and give them to Jesus. Let Him cast them out. And don’t pick them up again. Do not live with regrets anymore. Jesus has paid the price for them.

Proverbs 28:13 Hiding Sin

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13

It is easy for people to believe that something that is not seen cannot harm them or have an effect on them. They often try to keep things hidden from other people. Things that are hidden are things that they know are wrong in reality.

It is seldom physical things that are kept hidden, but things that are done. Personal sins that people do and do not want anyone else to know about. Many sins are done in the dark or at night. Think about when bars and nightclubs are open, and what the lighting is like in those places. People do not want their sins seen, yet the danger is still there.

In the body, a cancer cell is extremely small and cannot be seen by the naked eye. Yet, let alone to grow, it can destroy the entire body and cause death. In the same way, a sin, no mater how little, can grow and destroy the body and cause death.

Solomon says that the person who conceals or hides his sin will not prosper. There are two ways to look at what it means to prosper. One is financially, the other is spiritually.

When you hide a sin in your life, you may or may not prosper financially. There are many people in this world who live in open sin that are financially very prosperous.

However, as you hide a sin in your life, you will not prosper spiritually. You are sinning against God and He sees it.

The first thing that you must do is confess the sin. This is to openly admit that you are sinning and what that sin is. At a minimum, you must confess this to God, then confess to others who may be hurt by it.

Then comes the important part–to renounce the sin. You must turn away from that sin and no longer do it. If you continue to do that sin, you have not done anything different.

Once you renounce it, God will forgive you of that sin. God is rich in love and mercy and wants to forgive you of all sin. Do not try to hide it from Him, confess, renounce and find mercy today.

I pray today that God will reveal any hidden sin in your life; that you will confess all sin to God; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will know God’s love and mercy in your life.

Psalm 38:18 Troubled By Sin

I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18

No matter where a person looks, that person will see sin. Sinful practices are an epidemic in this world, regardless of where one lives. Sin can be seen in the huge cities, and in the small little country village of a population of 60, including the cats and dogs. Sin is everywhere.

It is easy for believers to be troubled by the sin that they see around them. Many believers take a stand against sinful practices. People try to get the laws to change to stop various sinful acts from occurring, such as abortion, drugs, pornography, and many other things.

This even occurs in the church. Churches split or people leave a church because of some action or belief that they believe is wrong in the church. Arguments occur all the time in church board meetings about what is right and what is wrong.

Although all of these things may be legitimate sins and give proper reason to be troubled by them, they are not the most important sins to be concerned about. It is easy to point fingers at others and their sin, but it is more important to look at one’s own self.

David was troubled by his own sin. He was confess what he had done wrong and was not pointing out the sins of others.

You must take an honest look at your own life. Take a look at how you are living your life. If you look at your life closely, you will see that there is some sin, somewhere in your life. Some may claim to be without sin, but James said that if we claim be without sin we are deceiving ourselves.

When you see that sin in your life, how are you reacting to it?

Many just ignore it, or accept it as part of being human. As a believer, those are not acceptable views. God does not want sin in the lives of anyone.

Be willing to confess to God your sin. If you confess your sin, God is willing to forgive your sin. He will remove it.

Do not allow yourself to be indifferent towards your sin. Keep yourself in a way that you will be troubled by the sin in your life. Then go before God for forgiveness that He freely offers you. You will find freedom and forgiveness in Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal sin in your life; that you will turn from that sin; that you will confess to God your sin; and that you will accept His forgiveness for you sin.