DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

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Sin Confession And Forgiveness
 

This is the time to talk deeply form the Word of God. I request you to pay careful attention to what the word of God has to say to us.

Today we'll be learning from one of the most humble and open man of God, David.

Psalm 32
1 Of David. A maskil. Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"-- and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!


Psalm 32 is one of the 7 penitential psalms. (Written with broken and contrite spirit)

Two facts about these Psalms
a. It also carries instructions
b. It was sung and instructed in front of assemblies.

The 7 penitential psalms are - (Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 & 143)

We read here and see the David is referring to 4 types of sins :
1. Transgressions v-1
2. Sin v-1
3. Iniquity v-5
4. Deceit v-3

1. Transgression : is to Trespass

God has defined and laid out in his word what we shall and what we shall not do - for our good.

Crossing these limits is called as "Transgressions".

From that line onwards we are on our own. And whether "big sin" of "small sin".

We need forgiveness.

"Blessed" is the man who's sin is forgiven. The meaning of blessed here is contented, fulfilled and happy

Therefore flips side of this would be "Discountented, unfulfilled and unhappy is the man whose sins are not forgiven"

Doing what we should not do is to Trespass - Transgression

2. Sin

Not doing what we should do is Sin.

James 4:17
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

Examples :
     Confession
     Not Confession your sins is Sin
     Not being humble is Sin
     Not being open is Sin
     Not being righteous is Sin

3. Iniquity

Doing what we should Not Do is Transgression

Not Doing what we should do is Sin.

Iniquity is taking something which is good and turning it into something which is wrong.

For Example : Hugging / Fellowship with Sisters / Misusing resources / help / funds etc.

4. Deceit

Whereas iniquity is perverting that which is right, Deceit is projecting that which is wrong. It is referred as hypocrisy. "Hypocrisy" is "play acting" or "performing behind a mask".

It is unfortunate, but in much of our day to day living, even with close family, takes place behind a mask. Deceit doesn't end with friends and family, we often play games with God - telling Him things we don't mean, singing praises which aren't real, promising things which we have no intention of carrying out.

When guilty of deceit or hypocrisy we need forgiveness.

David proclaimed about his sin in front of the Whole Assembly. Everyone knew about his sins.

Q. Does everybody/anybody knows about your sins brothers?

Q. When was he last time you confessed your sins to brothers / disciplers.

No one is righteous - Bible says in Rom 3:10 Neither me nor You.

Romans 3:10
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;

Confess your sins brothers before going further.

How should you confess is also very important

It's not only :
     Yes I lusted,
     Yes I got angry,
     Yes I masturbated
     Yes I lied / drank / smoked / chewed tobacco etc.

Leviticus 5:5
When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess in what way he has sinned

It says Confess in what way you have sinned.

That's the standard of Biblical Confession.

David did that, You got to do it, I'll do it .... right now.

When you start exposing yourself, you'd understand how much we need God's forgiveness in our lives.

God's Forgiveness is also of 3 types.
a. Forgive
b. Covered
c. Not counted against

When we are Open and Confess Deeply followed by repentance...

God can say Your sins are forgiven Because it is covered by the blood of Jesus

And therefore not counted against you.

There is no greater relief. ... For a man to hear such a thing from God.

So lets be open and deep about our life to one another.

Our fellowship and discipling to make even more deeper.

God will forgive us and we will be able to sing the Psalm 32:11 with real understanding.

Psalm 32:11
Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Then will come times of refreshment and we will rejoice in the lord.