Emanna for 10/02/2020

Dealing with Sins

Bible Verses

Psalms 66:18 If I regarded iniquity in my heart, the Lord did not hear
. Prov 28:13 He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Words of Ministry

Some do not ask evilly, but God does not answer their prayers. This is because there is a basic barrier between them and God-- sin. What does it mean to "regard iniquity in my heart"? It means to keep a sin in one's heart, being unwilling to part with it. Such a person knows something is a sin, yet he continues to cherish it. It is not only a weakness in conduct or appearance but also a craving in the heart. This is different from the person spoken of in Romans 7. Although the person in Romans 7 has failed, he hates what he is doing. The person here, however, regards iniquity in his heart. So long as there is one sin, it will hinder God from answering our prayer. We should not keep any favorite sin in our heart. We should acknowledge all sins as sins and should put them under the blood. The Lord can sympathize with our weakness, but the Lord will not allow us to regard iniquity in our hearts. You must confess your sins. You must tell the Lord, "I have regarded a sin in my heart. I cannot give it up. I ask You to forgive me. I want to forsake this sin. Please deliver me from this sin. Do not let this sin remain in me. I do not want it. I want to reject it." If you confess to the Lord this way, the Lord will forgive; you will receive forgiveness. Then, your prayer will be heard.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 153-154. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/18/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.