02 Mar Secret Sins – Ryan Fullerton
Source: I’ll be honest
As D. A. Carson put it many people don’t come to Jesus not because they have some actual philosophical disagreement with Christianity, but because they’re sleeping with their girlfriends. Worst of all, there are those who think they are Christians but are not. They live a double life. They’re going to church. They’re playing the game, but behind closed doors, their lives are dominated by secret sins in the present or the memory of some secret sin in the past.
Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals his transgression will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” There’s no good future for you concealing secret sin, but there’s mercy ahead of you if you will forsake it.
If you look like a fool and a wicked sinner for the rest of your life, wouldn’t it be worth it if you were counted righteous in eternity?
If you hold on to your sin and hide it how do you even know you’re a Christian? The mark of a Christian is that they come clean. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.”Psalm 32
Now we noted that God forgives. Forgives so fully that David escapes death and brings joy to his soul. But there are consequences. I cannot tell you that if you come clean of your sin, your wife won’t leave you. I cannot tell you that your kids won’t hate you. That your boss won’t fire you. The government won’t arrest you. I cannot make you that promise. God often allows dark consequences to follow our sins. I know a man who pressed on for many years in pornography and saw his wife die. He felt her death was God’s discipline for his sin. God may discipline you terribly for your sin, but it’s still worth it to come clean. You may lose everything, but you’ll have God.
David’s servants were confused by him, and maybe you’re confused by David too. What’s going on here? They thought he was praying and fasting out of grief. But he was not primarily fasting and praying out of grief. He was fasting and praying for mercy. He was hoping God would remove some of the consequences. Did you know you can do that? If you come clean over your sin and God disciplines you, you can ask God to suspend the discipline. In fact, I’ve seen God grant mercy to so many disciplined saints over the years. He does not treat us as our sins deserve.
God is being merciful to you. How you should praise God with shouts of hallelujah this morning that God didn’t reject you and send you to hell, but He kept you as His child. And maybe you’re here this morning and you’re like I did get myself in a pickle. I should have lost my marriage. I should have lost my job. But instead, God sustained even those. We should have shouts of hallelujah to the rooftops for how God has preserved us even in the midst of our sin.
If you’ve been blessed after you came clean from sin, then you have one more reason to bless the Lord this morning, and one more reason to come clean if you’ve hidden sin in your life. How can you hide sin against the God who has been so gracious to you?
When we tolerate sin in our midst, we lose our spiritual power. We lose our spiritual effectiveness. We lose God’s blessing on the work we do. But when we confess our sins, we become useful to God again.
And if you confess your sins, you will know a refreshing and a restoration from God’s power. You will know a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit.
“I acknowledged my sin to you. I did not cover my iniquity. I said I will confess my transgression to the Lord. You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time that You may be found.”Psalm 32