03 Feb Day 11
Scripture: Proverbs 28:13 NLT “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
Observation: This Proverb was written by King Solomon, the son of King David. In these wise words we discover that those who hide their sins will not succeed in doing so, because the Bible says that which is concealed will one day be brought to light by God. We also discover that those who acknowledge their faults and turn to God for help will receive an abundance of grace and forgiveness. God is truly merciful to those who believe and call upon his name for salvation. We see this in the word of the Lord when it says that “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Application: In our theme of “confession, surrender, and forgiveness,” we are first focusing on confession, because it is important to be transparent with God, bringing to him all of your sins, weaknesses and fears. The Word says that “God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), meaning that in order to truly worship God, it must come from our honesty with God.
When I was younger and still new to marriage, I used to keep my financial situation hidden from my wife. I now believe that because of that, we were always strapped for cash. I was scared to admit when I didn’t have enough to take care of us. But when I started to be honest, not only to my wife, but to myself and to God, we eventually were able to work things out and manage our finances a lot better一together. I know that in my own personal walk with God, when I’m not honest with myself and I don’t bring my sins before him, the enemy has power over that area of my life. But when I confess my sins, whatever they may be, they lose their power over me. I am strengthened by the grace of my Holy Father and he truly provides a way out.
Jesus Christ came in the flesh to reveal the truth about the Kingdom of God to us. Because we are sons and daughters of God our Father, we are heirs with Christ and we can boldly come before him in all humility and confess our shortcomings and know that God will forgive us, accept us, and strengthen us in his love, mercy, and righteousness.
Prayer: Oh Heavenly Father, I come before you in all humility and in all reverence. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You are the God of Truth, my Savior and Comforter and Redeemer. I pray that you open my heart to receive your truth. Help my unbelief and strengthen my confessions so that you may forgive my secret sins and undisclosed imperfections. Help me to find strength in my weaknesses, for your word says that your strength, Oh God, is made perfect in weakness. Heal me of my transgressions and help me to become more mature in the Spirit and in your Word. I pray this prayer for all my brothers and sisters in the authority of Christ Jesus. Amen.
- In James 4:8, 10 it says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you … Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” Take this opportunity to draw closer to God by giving him more of your alone time and be truly transparent with your feelings, your fears, your regrets, your sins, and your hidden thoughts.
- Continue to confess your shortcomings daily and he will strengthen you with his Holy Spirit.
Hans Fleurimont/Code Red & Creative Videography J-Teamer
Hans Fleurimont was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1985 and grew up with an appreciation for the visual arts. He served in the military where he did one tour to Iraq in 2007-2008. Hans is a loving husband and caring father of two children. He moved to Delaware in the fall of 2019 and began gathering at The Journey in July 2021. He serves with Code Red, helping out with the addiction recovery efforts.