UNTIL YOU TRULY REPENT, YOU’RE WALKING A FINE LINE
We see clearly here in this passage that not only are we to confess our sins, but we ware to reject them as well. Let’s see what the dictionary says about the word reject.
Dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one’s taste.
A person or thing dismissed as failing to meet standards or satisfy tastes.
verb. refuse – repudiate – repulse – repel – deny – turn down
So we REJECT the sins by refusing to partake in them any longer; or deny, and turn down. This is how we are forgiven. We can’t truly gain forgiveness for our sins we have committed by merely admitting them to God; rather, we must also refuse to partake in those sins any longer. Now, lets take a look at the definition for confess; just so we can be absolutely clear on how we gain forgiveness.
- Admit or state that one has committed a crime or is at fault in some way.
- Admit or acknowledge something reluctantly, typically because one feels slightly ashamed or embarrassed.
admit – acknowledge – avow – own – recognize – avouch
Okay, so first we realize we can’t hide our sins. For one thing, God already knows about them. Let me better explain this so you can understand to the fullest. Let’s say you know your child got into the cookies because there were five cookies left, and now there are only two cookies left. There is no one else who has been home since these cookies turned up missing. Your child knows they are not to get into the cookies without asking you first. You confront your child about the missing cookies, but the child is reluctant to tell the truth. What happens? You become angry because not only was your child disobedient, but they are also denying the fact they ate the cookies when you already know positively they did.
As a parent, you would prefer your child obeyed the rules you had set forth. However, since they didn’t obey, you at least want your child to be honest about the fact they were sneaky and disobedient. You want to know they feel ashamed for disrespecting you. So you become even more frustrated, hurt, and angry with your child because they have broken the rules and are lying about it, which tells you they have no shame or guilt. As a result, as a parent, they’re going to get into trouble for disobeying, lying, sneaking, and shamelessness.
Let’s add God, sin, and disobedience into the equation now with a child of God. He says not to fornicate, which is having sex with someone outside of marriage. So, you feel guilty for the sin, however, you never go to God about what you have done and tell him about it, nor do you apologize for breaking the rules He has set forth. At this point, God is pretty upset with you as His child. You’ve fornicated, and now you’re avoiding Him altogether. Because of what you’ve done, you now feel as if you can’t really talk to Him, and you begin pulling away from God little by little. Sure enough, you go out and have sexual relations again…and again…and again without being married. Don’t you think at this point God is pretty angry? Does His Word not say that He chastens those whom He loves? Hebrews 12:6, “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
Suddenly, everything seems to be going wrong. That promotion you had prayed for ‘for’ months didn’t happen. The car broke down and you had to use your entire savings just to get it fixed. If that wasn’t enough, the doctor’s office has now sent you to collections over a bill you forgot all about, and you’re really sick and can’t go because you owe them a ton of money! Nothing is going right! Do you think maybe God is trying to get your attention?
Now don’t get me wrong; God isn’t doing these things to you at all. The master you’re now fornicating and adulterating against God with in the spirit is giving you your rewards for following him instead of God…hell on earth. God is allowing this because hey, you’ve decided you don’t need Him as much anymore, and you’re busy serving someone else—the world (Satan).
Now, there are times when things are going wrong in our life because the enemy is really digging his claws into us to cause us to get our focus off of Jesus. However, anytime a whole slew of problems arise in our lives, we should always step back and look at it, asking ourselves, “Is there something God is trying to tell me? Do I have unrepentant sin in my life?” Pray about it. Because the Lord tells us clearly, over and over in His Word, that the price of sin is death. Through King Solomon, one of the wisest people who ever lived, the Lord told us that we would never succeed as long as we had sin and unrepentance in our lives. Search your heart, and ask the Lord to reveal it to you if there is anything; He will.
Don’t allow any open areas in your life where the enemy can come in and take root. If you have already let him in, get Him out in the name of Jesus and don’t let him come back…ever! When we truly repent, God is there ready to dismiss whatever it is we have done wrong. (1 Yochanan) 1 John 1:8-10, “If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing. If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his word is not in us.” (Complete Jewish Study Bible, an English Version by David H. Stern)