Leviticus 5:5-6 When he realizes his guilt in any of these and confesses the sin he has committed, he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation for the sin that he has committed.
Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. SELAH
Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Daniel 9:5 We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.
Acts 17:30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Another version of 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 10: 9, 10 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What kinds of things do you struggle with that cause you to sin? I have several areas. I get frustrated and impatient when things are not easily and rapidly accessible. For instance, I have only fair distance vision, but I cannot read a THING without readers. However, if I keep the readers on my face, my perception is distorted. I find the stairs wavery and become unsure of going down. I have several, truly SEVERAL, pairs of readers in my home, car, purse, but frequently I have run to a neighbor’s and then carry no purse, do not have glasses on, and then am asked to look at pictures, or read a special text or email—and IF I can make out the words, it takes a lot of squinting and slow procession to get the words to form. And then I am frustrated and irritated, impatience leading to self-anger—but anger nonetheless, and it all could be avoided by always having glasses on my person. Instead, I leave a pair here, there, and everywhere, then get irritated when I must hunt for them.
I hate to be late, and if I am that makes me stressed and tense and again dealing with self-anger. It is funny—although often I am NOT chuckling—but I plan my time so I can arrive at least 5 mins before the schedule. Something delays me; maybe my dog browsing, sniffing and resisting the leash in her attempt to keep smelling, delay in doing her business, congested traffic, or any number of other pauses that make me depart time later than I planned. Ughhh, it makes me cranky to be late.
Frequently I drive friends to the airport. If they told me to be there at 11:45, I am not later than 11:40, will try to help with luggage, and then get stressed if they are not in the car and ready to roll until 12:10. Probably, you have guessed I am type A. I wish I was an AB type like my blood type, then I could be on time and do what I need to do but would not get stressed when other factors interrupt my timeline. However, that is not how He created me.
So, I frequently find I am scolding myself, saying unkind things and being angry. This kind of anger is sinful. It is about me, my plans, and how these things which interrupt my plans affect me and how I want to have this moment run smoothly. That’s a form of arrogance, pridefulness, and selfishness. ‘Me, me and I’ and how I am affected. Confessing again.
But that is not the only sinful behavior I commit—I still hear some rough language coming out of my mouth at times. How disrespectful and sinful. And speaking of mouth—I love to eat, will often overindulge with certain foods, many sweets, and sometimes wine. I am then confessing again about the sin of gluttony, and coarse language. My mouth commits an abundance of sin besides the language and over-eating. I have been known to partake in gossip, although I also try hard to walk from that, but again. . . my mouth leads me into sin in this area also.
God wants our obedience and His wishes for our behavior are clearly written in the bible, our Living Word from God. Part of our acceptance into His kingdom is to acknowledge our sins and work with the Holy Spirit to alleviate the sins, but if we do commit a sin, it is our responsibility to confess to God.
We are to hold God in all three Persons in honor and reverence and thankfulness. We are to love Him, then we are to love others. Holding a day to honor Him, meditate on Him, not work, but rest is also vital. God’s wish is that we develop a close, then closer, relationship with Him as we get to know Him deeper and more intimately, reading the bible, praying, seeking Him and so forth.
He places an ingrained desire to get to know Him deeper and better within us. Many who are restless and always looking for the next thing to make them happy — whether it is social media, always getting together with friends for fun, overworking, flitting from hobby to hobby, or having a job where you travel frequently, or being addicted to workouts, running or whatever — are often looking for “the thing” they are subconsciously searching for. They do not know why there is restlessness — it is just a deep inner striving for . . .something. Folks sometimes do not figure it out, and spend a lot of their time searching, and trying to be busy, to fill the desire to have for something more; to fill that unsettled feeling which that pushes them.
He promises He will answer anyone who is diligently asking, seeking, and knocking. God will continue to pursue, but sometimes folks never find what they are looking for or push away the notion they might need to find Jesus, the Savior. They rebuke the answer – Jesus – and spend their time continue to find something that will satisfy the drive they have to look for peace.
God gives us all free choice. He chooses us, but we need to agree to accept His invitation so we can win His rest, His guidance, His answers and reassurance, one must choose Him back. And there are many people I know who think it is foolish to trust in God rather than themselves and their decisions in their life and they do not want to give up their way of life. Again, it is an active choice they make. Now, circumstances may change, and they then are brought to their knees and do reach out.
We all commit sins daily whether it be a judgmental thought, a bit of gossip shared, becoming inpatient with comments you are over-hearing that may be holding up a cashier’s line, being angry at delays, being stuck at a red light and having the car a couple over sharing his unwanted vibrating bass music from his radio with you and others. It might be realizing you have allowed fear and anxiety to come into your life listening to the atrocities of wars, the violence nearby, the stupidness that after all the massacres, there is no stop to gun manufacturers producing automatic weapons. Weapons to hunt, protect property, or to carry on your person as a protection are all well and good. But a weapon that can hold a clip with several shots should not be allowed to the general public—should be int eh hands of the police and military.
Not trusting God, allowing fears and anxiety to take over our emotional state is not what God wants for us. His word promises He wants the best for us, and plans for us to have that. That does NOT mean we will have no troubles. It means He will be always with us, and we are to trust Him. Not trusting and allowing the negative fears – all lies from Satan – means you have not trusted Him to carry out His promise.
Being unkind, selfish, prideful, arrogant are all sins. Love others is one of the top commandments. To not to love, is to sin. There are so many ways we can sin each daily. It is easy as we are not perfect, and have a selfish, judgmental nature. It takes work and diligence to live as Christ wanted us to live.
Lord, thank You for guiding me to being more obedient, to confess my sins and grow in my relationship with You. You have been so wonderful to me and ‘mybellaviews.’