9.29.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Soul Searching for Sin

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• This week, I’ve spent a lot of time in my own head.

I keep thinking about unconfessed sins…

The unknown sins…

Because Friends, one of my big worries is about the unknown, therefore, unconfessed and ongoing sins in my heart.

While our human brains can rationalize that if we don’t know we’re doing something wrong, how can we be held accountable for it?

But that argument isn’t working for me.

It shouldn’t work for any Christian because complacency isn’t where we should ever be in our faith…

After all, it’s called “walking in faith,” therefore, we have to view it as an ongoing faith-journey.

On one hand, we know that if we’ve confessed with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord and believed in Him, nothing can separate us from His gift of salvation.

On the other hand, though, our sins create a chasm between us and a close fellowship with our Holy and perfect God.

Isaiah 59:2 says, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

Then, we go on to 1 Peter 2:24-25, which says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

So we have Jesus as our bridge over the sin-chasm, enabling us to have personal fellowship with God the Father.

However, that doesn’t give us a license to sin…

Even the things we don’t recognize as sin.

Hebrews 10:26 says, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”

To go on sinning is a slap in the face to Jesus who died for us.

I don’t want to do that.

While I could tell you that I want to be completely sinless, I know God knows that perfection is impossible for me…

I’m going to mess up.

We all do.

But I do want to do my part to make changes (with the help of the Holy Spirit).

And I want to be as close to perfect as I can be, and when sin — both willful and the unintentional show up — I want to be ready to clean things up and make things right again.

I am so grateful that God ALWAYS allows U-turns!

Every time we try to drive in another direction, He always allows us to repent and turn around!

In King David’s psalm of confession (from his affair with Bathsheba), David wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

This is a prayer that we should pray daily!

Because we mess up daily!

While we may not do anything wrong by the world’s standards, God doesn’t measure by the Imperial or Metric systems.

He has His own standard and it’s His standard that matters.

He knows our very thoughts and the condition of our hearts (Psalm 139), and He knows we aren’t sinners by action only…

Our sins come from within, so asking God to clean our hearts is the first step.

And then, asking the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sinful thoughts, words, and actions immediately so we can make that U-turn before we get too far down the road!

This week, God, in His great goodness, pointed me to a much-needed resource.

I’ve mentioned GotQuestions.org on here many times and three days ago, they added a video to their YouTube channel called, “How Can I Know if Something is a Sin?”

I encourage you to look it up.

Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the unknown and unconfessed sin in your life, and to help you make changes…

To help you break bad habits and embrace God’s standard rather than the worlds.

And to be confident that U-turns are always possible with God.

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