Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Anyone who does not believe in divine intervention needs to pay attention to this verse --- I can't think of a more appropriate verse with which to start our studies for 2013, than this one!!
What a privilege we have, to come to our Father and ask His forgiveness for our sins. Did you notice that there are two things that we must do, in order to "find mercy"?
We must confess our sins:
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And then we must renounce our sins: repent and turn away from them --- do a 180!! Even though the desire to do that sin may haunt us for a very long time, we must turn our back on it. It might be something that we have to turn our back on several times a day --- but we must!
And here is His promise to us:
Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is
his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the
west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
God's precious promise to us in this new year, is that if we will confess our sins, and turn away from them, He will remove that burden from us. I can't think of a better way to start 2013, can you?