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.

Proverbs 25:21-22 How To Treat Your Enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22

It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.

The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.

God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.

Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.

When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.

When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.

How are you treating your enemies today?

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.

Proverbs 9:7 When Not To Correct Or Rebuke

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7

It is very common for believers to stand up and rebuke those in the world. Various Christian speakers speak out harshly against those who do not claim to be Christian in any way and are living in sin. Some will get extremely angry with those who are promoting sinful activities and protest them in very harsh ways.

As this is done, the world rises up stronger against the believer and fight. Christians are often then seen as hateful and unloving. Rules are then made to silence those who speak out against sinful acts.

Believers need to look at how Jesus acted when He walked on this earth. He never came out harshly against the unbelievers. Jesus just proclaimed the kingdom of God and His great love. When a person chose to believe in Him, He would then tell them to leave the old ways of sin. The only time Jesus got angry and did rebukes, was when He was talking about those who believed in God, but were not living that way.

Those in the world are sinners, and that is what is sinners do–they sin. Trying to correct or rebuke the wicked or those who do not believe in God, will do nothing but get them angry.

Instead of rebuke and correction, show them God’s love, mercy and grace. Let those in the world see the example of a better life.

Believers should accept all correction and rebuke as possibly coming from God. To hear what God may be trying to tell them on how they should be living their life. That is being wise.

As you go through life, there will be things you see people of this world doing that will make you upset. You may want to rise up and fight back or rebuke them. Take a step back and think about how God treated you before you became a believer. God showed great love to you.

Can you show love to those in the world?

Don’t just rebuke those that do not know to do any better, give them an example of how to live. Show them what true living is by showing them what true love is. There is a time and place for correction and rebuke, make sure it is in God’s time and way.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you; that you will be filled with God’s love and mercy; that you will show God’s love to this world; and that you will be an example of how to live for God to this world.

Psalm 140:6 A Humble Cry For Mercy

I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy. Psalm 140:6

It is common for people to cry out to God when in need. When a person is going through a very difficult time, he will call out to God for help and mercy in the situation. Others will intercede for him also, asking God to help meet that need.

In the process of praying for assistance from God, many will begin to list the reasons why God should help. In this list, many will bring up all the good deeds that has been done. They are listed as though God should help a person because of what he has done in the past.

When a person is praying like this, either for himself or for someone else, the prayer becomes about self and not about God and what He wants. No person actually deserves God’s help in any situation. In fact, every person deserves the worst possible punishment for all eternity.

Only because Jesus died and paid for the price for all sin, does any person have any right to ask God for anything. It is because God is God that a person has a right to cry out for mercy.

When David was crying out for mercy to God, he did not list anything that he had done. All he did was ask for God’s mercy in dealing with his enemies. He knew God as His God and that God was the one in control and could deliver him. No one else could help him, and he did not deserve the help. Any mercy given by God was a blessing, not an earned right.

As you go to God in prayer for your own personal needs, or the needs of others, allow God to be the one in control. Seek His mercy to meet that need. Do not try to earn the right for Him to help you.

God loves you and had Jesus pay the price for you sins. In paying that price, you are also given the right to have His mercy given to you. It is only because of Jesus, that you can have God’s mercy. Jesus provided abundant mercy in just forgiving your sins, He will continue to pour out that mercy in your life.

I pray today that you will know the mercy God has for you; that you will not try to earn rights with God; that God will be your God; and that you will see God meeting all of your needs in His way and time.

Psalm 128:1 Blessed In Fear And Obedience

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.

Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.

This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.

Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.

When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.

When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.

The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.

Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.

Psalm 123:1 Where To Look

I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. Psalm 123:1

As a person goes through life, he usually has some people he looks up to. These are people who have meant something special in his life. Usually they have done something above and beyond that impacted his life in some great way or another.

The people looked up to may be parents, a teacher, a co-worker, a close friend, a pastor, a mentor, and the list can go on. The world often tries to look up to those who are popular and in the limelight. Many different movie, television, music, and sports stars are looked up to by many people. They are often seen as the perfect example of what one wants to be like.

Although people may have good traits to desire and look up to, they are still human and have faults.

The psalmist, in this verse, says that he looks up to the one enthroned in heaven. God is the one who is enthroned in heaven.

Since God is the one who is enthroned in heaven, He is the one who is above all and in control. It is the king who sits on the throne. It is the king who has the final word of control in any and every situation. He has absolute power.

How can this help you today?

Knowing that God is on the throne, helps you to know that no matter how the situation looks, He is still in control.

Later in this psalm, it is written that they will look to God until He shows His mercy on them. You, too, are to look to God until He shows His mercy on you.

Those in the world can guide you and help you to a point, but all of their work will only be for temporary goals and many may fall short. God’s work is for eternity and will never fail.

Keep your eyes focused on God and allow Him to guide you through the perils and challenges of this life. His goal is to make you more like Jesus everyday and to bring you into heaven to be with Him for eternity. It is not just a temporary fix for a few days, it is an eternal fix. Look up to God today.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will trust God to guide you; that you will know the mercy of God in your life; and that you will know Jesus is the King.

Psalm 120:7 Seeking Peace, Finding War

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:7

All over the world most people desire to have peace instead of war. Battles are being fought daily in many different nations. People fight others for many different reasons, even though there are many who would love to have peace.

Believers should be seeking peace also, even though they are in the midst of a battle for their lives. The peace that should be sought out, is not the peace that the world thinks of. This peace is the peace that comes between them and God. It is an inner peace that overcomes everything.

As the believer seeks to present that peace to those in the world, the devil rises up in opposition and seeks to make war with him. The peace that the believer is trying to make is peace between God and man. The world does not accept God and does not want that type of peace. This is where the war is brought about.

In order for a believer to present God’s type of peace, he must show love, compassion, and mercy to those in the world. Not every believer shows these attributes of God to the world.

It is common to hear Christians bashing non-believers, condemning them to hell, and showing hatred. The words that many speak are not the true words of God. Yes, God hates the sin, but He does love the sinner.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He spoke of the peace of God and showed love, mercy and compassion. Yet, the world made war with Him and crucified Him. You will have it no differently.

As you go through your days, you need to be showing the world the peace that God can and will offer. Show the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. While there will be some who will accept the message you bring, there will be some who will make war with you.

Do not give up when there is war against you. Put on the armor of God and stand your ground, not seeking to fight and condemn, but fight to show God’s true love to this fallen world. You are in a battle for your soul and the souls of other people.

Are you seeking peace?

Or just seeking to fight in a war?

I pray today that you will know the peace of God; that you will present God’s peace to the world; that God will strengthen you in the battles that will come; and that you will be an example of God’s love to the world.