When my youngest son is struggling with a chore or math problem, he likes to say, “A little help here!?” He must have picked up this line from a show he watches, but it sure gets his message to me.
“A little help here” is what we all need in admitting our sins to God. His Word helps us do that, as (1) God points out our sins, (2) God gives us words to admit those sins, and (3) God assures us of His forgiveness with His Word. These are the three types of verses I underline and pray as I read through my Bible.
Let’s look at the first one today: God’s Word Points out our sins.
How did the people know in the Old Testament that they were sinning? God had given them the Ten Commandments and the Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). If they were not in line with those commands, they were sinning. Have you read those books lately? I like to read the Bible through each year, so those are the books I read at the beginning of the year. Having recently completed them, I can say I could never have mastered all those rules and laws. I’m so thankful to live on this side of the cross where I just have to believe in Jesus.
So, how do people on this side of the cross, the New Testament, know we are sinning? We also read God’s Word. The Ten Commandments are a good place to begin. Are we taking the Lord’s name in vain? Are we neglecting to honor our parents? Are we stealing? Why not read Exodus 20 and see if we are following all of His commands?
As I read my Bible, I like to underline other verses that I know God is using to convict me of my sins. I read these verses as I pray to Jesus and ask Him to forgive me and help me to stay on His straight and narrow path. Here are some verses I’ve found that point out my sin and help me admit them to Jesus:
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
“Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?'” Proverbs 20:9 (NIV)
“If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength.” Proverbs 24:10 (NIV)
“In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” Zechariah 7:10 (NIV)
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Matthew 7:1 (NIV)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)
“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
Do you see how you can use one of these verses as a conversation starter with God to admit your sins? That is the neat part about using God’s Word in prayer. He gives us the help we need to get started. He is reaching out His hand to us. Will you reach out and take His hand?
Thank You, Jesus, for giving me the help I need to admit my sins. Thank You for pointing out my sins with Your Word. But more than that, thank you for dying on the cross and forgiving me every time I mess up! Amen.