Oct 30 2012

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Skeletons in the Closet

There is always something nagging on a human heart that if allowed the opportunity would bring regret, shame, and/or guilt. But Believers, those who accept Christ as our salvation, do not have to succumb to these nagging memories, thoughts, or emotions. We are set free from the skeletons of our pasts.

But the skeletons in our closets are another matter entirely.

It really doesn’t matter what you may be hiding. Jesus is always our Savior and His love never fails. To be rid of the skeletons in the closest we must confess them. What is hidden in the dark is never able to be completely removed unless the light is allowed in.

Romans 13:12, “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

Ephesians 5:12-14, “It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

To be free of those skeletons we hide, those feelings, thoughts, and memories that we tuck away so no one knows, those nagging regrets that bring shame, all we have to do is confess them to Jesus. His forgiveness is already ours since we belong to Him. Confession is for us, not Him. It brings healing. It allows light into those places we hide so that His peace removes the guilt and embarrassment. Every regret can be washed away in the grace of His presence if we only give each one to Him.

The skeletons of our past are washed in the blood of Jesus, meaning His sacrificial death erases all our wrongdoing when we choose Him. The skeletons in our present, the secret sins and private fantasies and evil intentions, are washed away ONLY when we confess them, bringing them out of the dark, letting our consciences be fully cleansed. Jesus’ work is complete and He has forgiven all our sins- past, present, and future. That is the joy of salvation. However, our consciences are only washed clean when we come clean. Only when we confess our sin do we allow ourselves to receive the forgiveness He has provided.

“Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.” Psalm 51:9-13

Let us be confident in the light of His love and repent, turn away from, every sin!!

— Richie


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