Passage: Psalm 32 (NIV 84)
Today: Before we can even pray!
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32, NIV 84)-emphasis added
Transparency is one thing that is too hard to find in people these days; many people have been “shocked” by trusting others expected to be faithful, but had all the cunningness and crookedness in them. Prayer and discernment will help!
One of the good things I find in the west, in the US is that people are comparatively more transparent, with less “cover-up” here, compared to certain other parts of the world; people may look “less holier” here because of that, but there is less hiding!
The “spiritual make-up” we do everyday to cover-up our sins in us make us more sick, just like how some of the cosmetics are bad for the body; the best thing is to be open and have a relaxed and peaceful mind!
It would be better if God covers up our sins, than we cover them up (Ps 32:1)
People transparent in life may get less approval from others, but get more approval from God; when they pray, God works!
When we “act” life/love, we loose a lot. If we lack love towards people at home, church or elsewhere, don’t take it too far! The farther we go, the greater the fall and difficult to restore!
There are many families where “cold war” is going on for years; and many of them eat too much medicines!
Down the road, if love gets “cold” and temptation and opportunity for sin gets “warm”, we won’t be enjoying our walk with God; then we are more likely to fall into the hands of the devil!
Paul was never “fake” in his life or ministry; he suffered for that, yet chose not to “act” what he didn’t have! (2 Cor 7)
Is it true that we lost our love and fear for God long time back, but are still “acting” it?
It is a dangerous place to be; we better come back!
When we cover-up our sins, our prayers will not get answered; the moment we become “open”, God will open ways & means for us!
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; 19 but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. (Psalm 66, NIV 84)
Before we make the next prayer request, make sure we remove that that sin from our life, with God’s help; we will see how God answers!
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5, NIV 84)-emphasis added
Covering up sins can make us sick in the body, because out mind needs to vent out; there is only so much our mind can take; then it finds its way into our body!
Have a blessed day; let us make life better, not bitter!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for another blessed day. Help me to live more like you day after day, even if it costs or hurts; it is better to look better in your eyes, than to “look better” in other’s eyes. Amen
No one else can STOP our blessings, as we do!