Psalm 38:18 Troubling Feelings

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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. 

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Joshua 7:12 Consequences Of Sin

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That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12

Consequences to actions is one thing that many people do not think about or do not like to think about. People want to be able to do what they want to do, without any repercussion.

Often, people think that what they are doing will have no consequence, it is just a small little thing in light of much greater things. No one will notice or really care about it. Yet, every action, thought, or word has some type of consequence.

As the Israelites were going through, conquering new cities on a regular basis with no real challenge, they suddenly were beaten badly by a small city of Ai. Joshua went before God about it. He was told that there was sin in the camp of the Israelites. Someone had stolen something and hidden it. Because of that stolen item, God was not supporting the Israelites anymore. They had to clean up the camp from all sin.

Out of all the things that were destroyed in the taking of Ai, one man, Achan, had stolen a robe and some bold and silver. This little bit of theft–sin–caused God to take His had of favor and provision off of the Israelites.

Sin in a believer’s life will cause God’s favor to pull back. God does not want sin in the life of any believer. It is common for people to try to hide ‘little’ sins. People may never see the sin, but God does. Things begin to go wrong and fall apart, and the person wants to know why.

Today all a believer must do is repent, turn away from the sin and turn back to God. Jesus has already paid the price for that sin.

Do not allow any ‘small’ sins be hidden. God already sees them and knows about them.

There will be times when you will sin. Strive to keep from sinning, but if you do, immediately turn back to God and repent. God is waiting there for you to restore you. He does not want to destroy you, but to build you up. That is why God sent Jesus to pay for your sins.

Do not let sin destroy you. But let God restore you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for everything; that God will help you turn from all sin; that God will build you up in Jesus; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love. 

 

Isaiah 47:10 No One Sees

You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Isaiah 47:10

God had chosen to use Babylon to punish the Israelites for their rebellion against Him. In the process of doing that, Babylon became very proud and felt that they were the top authority and in complete control. They went further in the punishment of the Israelites than God had wanted them to do. Now God was calling them into account for their actions.

The world as a whole lives in a way that does not believe in God in any way. They live in sin because that is all that they know and they do not believe that God exists. The person who lives this way is living the only way that they know how to live.

One of the sad things is that many believers live in very much the same way. Individuals have personal sins in their lives that they commit in their house behind closed doors when they are alone. They feel as if no one is around and that no one can see them.

Buying into the world’s ways of doing things happens by many believers. They forget that God is right there at all times. God can see behind closed doors and into the mind of every person.

You may have some of these challenges in your own life. It may be direct actions or it may just be in your thoughts, either way it is sin that you are holding onto in your life. You may try to justify that sin and feel as though no one sees it. However, remember that God is there and sees and knows all.

Do not allow the wisdom and knowledge of this world or your own wisdom and knowledge to fool you into thinking that God does not see or know what is going on. Give those sins and habits to God and allow Him to crucify them. Allow God to remove all sin from your life.

Always keep in the front of your mind that you are never alone and that God sees and knows all. Allow Him to create in you a new heart and mind. You are a new creation. Do not live in the old sinful ways.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will give all sinful habits to God; that you will seek God’s strength to turn from all sin; and that you will listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to you.