The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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I've Got You Covered

"He who conceals his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Prov. 28:13).

Since we were children we have been messing up. Our parents tried to teach us to "fess up" to those things that we did wrong, but it wasn't always easy. We do know that if we did not admit to the wrong, that we would inevitably have to tell a lie to cover it up. Things really don't change as we move into adulthood. The sins are many times of greater consequence, but the guilt and cover up are still present. It might be a good idea to look into our Bibles and see some of the wrong ways of covering our misdeeds.

We find a lot of "covering up" in the third chapter of Genesis. Adam and Eve tried to cover their sins by hiding among the trees. Hiding from sins never works. Then Adam tried the old "blame game" and Eve followed suit. Adam tried to blame Eve and she in turn blamed Satan. Blaming others just isn't the way to go. We need to learn at an early age to take personal responsibility for our actions. In Genesis 18:15 we find Abraham's wife Sarah. When she heard God tell her husband that she would conceive a child she laughed. When the Lord asked why she laughed, she responded..."Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, 'I did not laugh.'" This is the old lie to cover the wrongdoing trick and it never really works. It just puts us into delay mode.

My personal favorite happens in Exodus 32. Moses was so long in coming down that a golden calf was made and the people sacrificed to it. When confronted by Moses, Aaron blamed the people and when that didn't seem plausible enough, he blamed the fire. (we threw in the gold and it came out a calf) In the book of Joshua we find the tragic figure of Achan who stole and tried to hide his sin among the household stuff. As a result of this sin, the Lord's anger burned against Israel. In our New Testaments the Pharisees in Matthew 23 tried to cover their sins by appearing to be righteous. The old walk the walk and talk the talk thing. If we are not what we should be, a change is necessary, not a cover up. Finally we find those people in Acts 7:51-60 who tried to hide the guilt of their sin by persecuting another (Stephen). Another version of the blame game..

So....What is the right way? "You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered their sins" (Psa. 85:2). The ONLY way to have our sins covered is through the receiving of forgiveness. In this we fall under the grace of God and the guilt is removed from us. We do not have to lie anymore.... We don't have to blame anyone...We don't have to hide....We don't have to create a facade of goodness.... In Acts 18, Peter saw the sin in Simon the sorcerer and told him to repent of his wickedness and pray to the Lord. It is that same advice that we must heed to be forgiven and have the weight lifted from us...

Have a wonderful day. RAK someone today.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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