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Newsletter #10

Cleansing Our Hearts • Dianne van Straaten

‘Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you who are upright and in right standing with Him]; shout for joy, all you upright in heart!’ • Psalm 32:10-11 (Amp)


We can only be upright in heart if our sins are forgiven.  If we are faithful to confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us.  When Adam and Eve sinned, the first thing they did was to hide. When God came into the garden they were hiding away from Him.  He doesn’t want us to hide our sins.  He wants us to bring it into the light by bringing it to Him. 


‘If like Adam or like [other] men I have concealed my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom 34 Because I feared the great multitude and the contempt of families terrified me so that I kept silence and did not go out of the door..’ • Job 31:33 - 34 (Amp)


Who is our door (verse 34)?  It’s Jesus Christ.  Job says ‘like Adam or like other men I have concealed my transgressions.’  The Bible says He does not want you to hide it.  He wants you to bring it out in the open.  Bring it to God so that God can wash you with His blood.  The Bible says in Psalm 32 that when we confess our sins He instantly forgives us:


‘I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told] – then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin...’ • Psalm 32:5 (Amp)


God says judge yourself. He doesn’t say judge your husband or your wife, or anybody else.  If you judge yourself you will not be judged, and you will receive mercy and forgiveness from God. 



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