HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
THE WEIGHT OF SIN
Saturday, November 21
"1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
"There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."
Sin has weight and convicting power that does not give rest to the sinner day and night. Sin has weight as if you are carrying a heavy load. You sit with it, you stand up with it, you move about with it. Even when you lie down, the load is still heavy on you. That little sin you committed comes with a heavy weight you carry about and it will not give you rest or peace day and night. There is no peace for the wicked.
The sinner is laughing with his mouth, but his heart is burning. There is fear. It is like a particle enters your eye. Whatever you are saying or doing, your mind is on that disturbing particle in your eye. Just as the sea brings out dirty things that are in it and they keep flowing to and fro, and the water is mixed up with dirt, so it is with the life of a sinner. He is carrying a heavy weight because of sin.
Some of these sins have been there for many years. Consider the case of the woman that provided food for Elijah during the period of draught. When she lost her son she lamented, “Man of God, have you come to call my sins to remembrance?” Apparently there must have been something dirty in the way the woman got that boy and the Lord wanted the confession of that sin. The presence of Elijah that should have brought health to that family led to the death of the boy. As human beings you could forget you have committed some sins in time past.
God gives this ability of forgetfulness so that we can be at peace once in a while, but it still comes to remembrance from time to time and any time it comes up you are restless. The weight of sin may even make you cry, “Why did I do it?” Suppose you killed somebody secretly and failed to confess it, any time you hear that somebody dies your mind will go to the person you have killed and you become restless. Confess your sin and put away that weight on you. That is why scripture says, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1).
Thought for the day:
For your peace, do not hide your sin. Confess it!
Song for the day:
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 24-26; James 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA