Confess, renounce, find mercy, be healed. That’s the plan. That’s God’s way for us. Why? Because when we confess something, its power diminishes. Oh, but I have no intention of confessing my junk to you or anyone else – how could I do that and still hold my secret?!?!
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
What are you hiding? I just had dinner with a strata council president who said to me, “Don’t tell anyone what I am doing in my garage…” What? Don’t put that on me. If you’re breaking your own rules maybe check yourself (1) and don’t make me an accessory (2). My answer: we all have skeletons, don’t we?
Secret sins. Guilty pleasures. I don’t even need to start a list for you. You already have the blank filled in.
We conceal sin, and God lays it out in the open. At least he lays it out in front of himself. If you are lucky, he won’t reveal it to your neighbour or kids or spouse or boss or the cops or the dreaded strata council… then you’d be in big trouble, right?
Isn’t it odd that we somehow know (even if we ignore) that God sees it all, yet our real concern is the person living across the street. Not God. That’s backwards. In terms of consequences, the creator of the universe probably has more weight…
I do not want to share my secret sin with you or anyone else. Not a priest or a pastor or a counselor or a friend. It’s a secret. The whole meaning of that is not telling. And God says that’s the wrong way.
Confess, renounce, find mercy, be healed. Rinse and repeat.
That’s the plan. That’s God’s way for us. Why? Because when we confess something, its power diminishes. Consider what happens if each step in the process has a half-life effect on the power of our secret sin. Just for argument’s sake.
Full Power of Secret Sin = 100%
Confess = 100%/2 = 50% power
Renounce = 50%/2 = 25% power
Find Mercy = 25%/2 = 12.5% power
Be Healed = 12.5%/2 = 6.25% power
If we follow God’s simple advice regarding our secret sin, we could experience a drop in the power of that sin in our lives by 93.75%!! Now, our shoppers in the audience can tell us that if something is discounted by 93.75%, it’s a bargooooon.
So what are we waiting for? Release from the power of sin is on special today. In Romans 6 we read, “11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”
Today is the day to start counting ourselves dead to sin and start discounting the power of sin by confessing, renouncing, finding mercy, and being healed from the impacts and effects of sin in our lives.
Can you take one secret sin in the next 7 days and run it through the cycle? I dare you to try it and see if my math is correct. I suspect God’s blessing will be even greater in real life!