May 27 – Secret Sin

Read Proverbs 28:13

I could remember it like it was yesterday.

It was late into my high school years as I was sitting on the stairs at mom and dad’s house, breaking into a sweat as I came to the realization that there was some sin in my life that I needed to confess. I knew the only way to move on was to confess so I sent a simple text to my dad, “Hey, can we chat when you guys get home?”

Was it humiliating to confess a sin to the person that I look up to most in this life? You have no idea. The feelings of guilt and shame welled up inside me as I brought dad up to speed on what had been going on in my world. The only way I was going to move on, to heal, was to make my secret sin no longer a secret.

Bring it out into the light.

We all have things in our life that we would rather keep secret. We all have things in our life that we are dead set on taking to our grave.

I find the words of Proverbs 28:13 so incredibly true:

“If you hide your sins, you will not succeed.”

There is a 0% chance of success if there is sin in your life that isn’t confessed.

Now, let me be as clear as I know how: I am not advocating for you to march into WalMart and air your “dirty laundry” for all to hear. However, there is an appropriate way to confess sin and move forward into healing.

For the next week, we are going to be learning about secret sin and how to make it no longer secret.

Now, before this series begins, it is of utmost importance that we all soften our hearts. Again, you will not be encouraged to walk into WalMart and confess your deepest and darkest secrets. However, if our hearts are not softened, pride will, almost certainly, get in the way of true repentance.

Is there dirty laundry in your life that you would like to clean? Are there skeletons in your closet that you would like to remove?

Open yourself up to God’s Word. Allow yourself to bring the hidden to the light and begin the journey of repentance and forgiveness.

Remember, God is for you. He loves you. He isn’t ashamed of you. He was stripped naked, beaten and nailed to a tree for YOU! You are special to Him and He would like nothing more than to be reconciled to you!

This series will be tough for all of us. How bad do you want to make a change?

Jake Lawson

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