February 5, 2013
Far too often in life, we fall in to the trap of waiting for God to show us His will….and don’t ever think that He is going to. It is because we are frequently deceived by Satan to think that God won’t answer if we ask…and that God is just some sort of detached entity that sets down a bunch of rules to make your life tedious and holds you to a standard that can never be achieved.
Nothing could be further from the truth….but it starts with us. Do you have sin in your life that you won’t let go? Un-confessed sin? If so, there is NO WAY that God can talk to you, because when you try to speak with God in prayer…the Holy Spirit will convict you about it. And then He will tell you what He wants you to do about it….
Sometimes He will want you to confess it to Him…and you are done. Sometimes He will want you to confess it to a brother…and sometimes, He will want you to make amends. How will He do it in your life? I don’t know…but the Holy Spirit will make that clear. Here is what is happening if you have sin in your life…
Psalm 32:3-4 – When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. (NIV)
Doesn’t that just feel oppressive? But that is how the Holy Spirit lets you know that you have something to deal with in your life….it will sap your strength like the heat of the summer….BUT…if you will be honest with God….here is what He will do…
Psalm 32:5 – Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. (NIV)
Now that is cool….not only did He forgive the sin…but the GUILT of the sin…that baggage that we carry around…done? Nope….it gets better. You see when the communication is clear and there is nothing blocking it…no hidden agenda, God makes this promise.
Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV)
Wow…not only will He instruct me and teach me in what I should do at this fork in the road…BUT…He will keep His eye on us. That means ALWAYS…this is a cycle. When we let Him…He will take over. And then the psalmist leaves us with this…
Psalm 32:10 – Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. (NASB)
So be encouraged….God ALWAYS wants to talk with you!!! But He wants honest communication….because He can’t deal with you if you won’t deal with what is wrong in your life….those sins that you don’t want you to deal with. Oh yeah…and don’t forget this verse…
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)
Doesn’t that sound refreshing?
Grace and Peace, Dan