56. Run to God when You Sin

Hidden sin, by its very nature, opens wide the floodgates of guilt and shame. So it’s not surprising when we react negatively: “I’ll just bury this thing a little deeper so no one will ever discover who I really am.”

Satan has used shame in countless lives, dragging God’s people into a back-slidden condition where alienation from Him becomes a way of life. Just think how being more open about our weaknesses would serve to cripple this strategy the devil so routinely exploits.

Instead of allowing sin to drive us from God, we need to run to God when we sin. This can be difficult, though, because we’ve been taught to behave ourselves. And when we don’t, our conscience tells us we must clean up our act before we can ever go to God. After all, how else can we feel worthy enough to deserve His help? False thinking, I know, but very real all the same.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

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