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Cleaning Out The Catchall

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV)

Have you ever had a closet, storage cupboard, or desk drawer that you used for a virtual catchall for all that stuff you knew you should have dealt with but didn’t?  You know what I am talking about. It’s that certain place where you stuff things temporarily, but you never seem to get back and properly deal with them.  I have a couple of these cupboards in my garage, and they are filled with things I am just not willing to part with, but they need to go.  

I think we can be tempted to have a catchall for certain sin strongholds in our life as well.  There are many who won’t discuss sin all that much within their messages, because it can make those who listen tend to feel real uncomfortable.  It can become a ministry of people pleasing, rather than simply teaching God’s Word.  The problem with this view is it is not biblical.  God gave us an abundance of Scripture to deal with the subject of sin — both in the life of the unsaved, as well as in the life of the believer.  

We are told, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”(Prov. 28:13).  The word forsakes used here in this verse means to abandon, to renounce,or to give up.  So to properly deal with our sin, we must first confess it for what it is. This is to simply come into agreement with what God’s Word says about it.  But then we must turn from it and stop doing it.  As we confess our sins with a proper heart we can be guaranteed of God’s cleansing of it.  

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

Could it be that we have taken certain things in our life — sinful things — and have simply chosen to put them in our spiritual catchall? Could it be we have simply chosen not to deal with these issues until a later time? But if we are to be totally honest there are probably some we have never really gotten back to?   

I know God wants us to be aware of our sin, because He wants us to deal with these issues — anything else is an improper covering. Our Lord knows the damage sin can do in our own Christian walk, and in the lives of others — not to mention that it mocks our witness and us.  

Hey, maybe you can identify with a bunch of little stuff, or just one or two big ones in your fleshly junk catchall cupboard — things needing to be cleaned out.  Maybe you are saying to yourself, “I know its there, but I just can’t deal with it now,” or “I’m not strong enough, I’ve tried several times but I keep on failing.”

If that’s the case then I want to encourage you to allow God to clean out your dirty closets. Acknowledge that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you and choose to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Phil. 4:13; Eph. 6:10).  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to the sin in our lives and how we are to deal with it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to clean out anything in your life you know to be sinful?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the mercy of God by confessing any sin you may have in your life.  Choose to turn from it and ask the Lord to give you His strength to overcome the temptation of the evil one.  

PRAYER: Father, thank You for allowing Jesus to die for my sin.  Thank You for the power of the cross and the ability to come humbly to You today.  Father, fill me afresh with Your mighty power and Your Holy Spirit and guide me in all I do today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings Upon Your Day, Scott



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