Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord .” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord ’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:1
In reading these verses in the Bible, it becomes clear that Abba wants us to live lives free of sin and guilt, that He wants us to trust Him and repent of our own ways and follow His guidance, seeing that He knows best. Unfortunately, due to the humanistic world we live in, influences from our surroundings and perceptions and opinions that are so easily shared with regards to stress, fear, worry, anxiety, hate, etc, we do not always realise how subtle the demonic attack on our holiness and purity is.
Then we read scripture like the above, and without realising it, we want to skip the parts of “ Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord .” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
God wants an authentic and open relationship with us, without us “hiding” our sins or shame. His Word makes it clear to us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us, and that He is ready to guide us on the right ways.
The single biggest “thing” that will help us gain a true perspective of Him is “FOCUS”. Where do we focus? Do we focus on Him, the completed work on the Cross, the promises that have been made “Yes and Amen”, or do we focus on our circumstances? FOCUS is what will guide His Church in 2017! Let us FOCUS ON HIM this year, repent of our own ways, walk away from any wrong-doing, wrong-thinking, and wrong-talking, and come in line with the KINGDOM MANDATE He has given His Church: to go out and be the answer by discipling others into His presence and love so that they can experience and love Him for themselves. 2017 is a year full of promises to be unlocked in and through faith!
Let us act upon His guidance and Word and be the answer to a needy world this year.
Written By: Pierre Ferreira