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Dont Forget To Prep
7/15/2014

For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Luke 12:2 (NKJV)

I’ve always loved seeing something old and haggard get refurbished. There is nothing like a clean coat of paint to make something look new and fresh.  From my earliest childhood memories I can recall my mother sprucing up our house and transforming it by cleaning, prepping, and then painting.  Those early memories are rooted deep within my mind, and to this day I find myself loving to clean and paint as well.

All too often people will take shortcuts in the painting process in an attempt to simply cover up the old, but this is not good—it only hides what is still there, and eventually it will have to be dealt with.  In all actuality, others can see this shortcut as well in the end result. 

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV)

To really properly paint something there needs to be preparation work done.  It can range from a simple, washing, scuffing and sanding of the old surface so the new paint adheres, to completely removing the old paint because it is no longer bonding.  Either way, if the old painting surface is not dealt with properly the new paint will not achieve the desired result, as the old will soon resurface.

The way I see it, this is a lot like our walk with God.  When God forgave us of our sins, He did it by grace through faith—and our sins were covered with the shed blood of Jesus.  But prior to this covering there was prep-work done.  The Holy Spirit came upon us and spoke to our heart, and He caused us to feel conviction for our sins and a need to be saved from them.  Repentance was the next step in preparation, and once we repented (changed our mind) of any past sins and confessed them for what they were, we were now ready for the blood of Jesus to freshly cover us.

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Romans 4:7 (NKJV)

The enemy wants to deceive us into thinking we can cover up our sins by putting a fresh coat of good works in our life, but this does not deal with the sin because God sees them, and He will deal with them at some point. Jesus said, there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known” (Luke 12:2).  God wants to deal with our sin immediately.   God has made a promise to His children - He will bring health and healing to us and will reveal an abundance of peace and truth if we turn to Him and submit to His will (Jer. 33:6). 

I want to encourage you today to allow God to do His perfect prep work in your life.  Allow Him to clean up every area where Satan has done damage.  Now let the blood of Jesus cover you.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional what can we learn with regard to our sinful actions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to properly prep you by accepting His conviction and repenting of anything not in God’s will?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to search your heart and reveal anything needing to be repented of. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for convicting me of my sin.  Thank You for leading me to repentance.  Give me a heart to do Your will today in every aspect of my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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