2/10/2010 - Honest Is Mostly What I Need From Me Psalms 32:2-5
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Honest Is Mostly What I Need From Me

SCRIPTURE: Psa. 32:2-5 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! 3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. 5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

OBSERVATION: What happens when we try to ignore or deny the sin in our lives? It is incredibly unhealthy; we can get sick in body, anxious and depressed in mind and weak. UNDEALT WITH GUILT IS A KILLER. Some times we simply don't want to look at our own failings--especially when it involves admitting how much we have hurt others or God Himself.

The truth is our sins are not simply mistakes that can be overlooked, but rebellion against God Himself. What a great promise that when we come face to face with ourselves, see our sin for what it is and confess it to God, not only will He forgive, but our confession will bring health to our bodys and souls as well.

APPLICATION/CONFESSION: I want to live a life of complete honesty--no hidden areas at all. Honest before God who sees my faults anyway. Honest with myself, breaking denial and false justifications. Honest with others so that my outside life matches with my inward, private life. I don't always succeed at living this way, but I want to.

PRAYER: Lord help me. Help me to see that Your grace covers my sin--if I am willing to confess it. Remind me how wonderful it is to be clean and clear before You. Help me to live "in complete honesty" in front of the people in my life and, more importantly, in front of You.

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