Do you too struggle with “Adam’s Disease”?
King David developed a case of Adam’s Disease after giving in to his lust for his neighbor’s wife. He tried to cover it up. He did not want to confess. Look at what he said about that period of time in Psalm 32: "When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer... I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my sin to the Lord"; and You forgave the guilt of my sin" (vv. 4-5).
Proverbs 28:13 makes it clear that if we want to prosper in God, we must be honest about our sins:
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
Ultimately pride is the root cause of Adam’s Disease. And confession is the needed prescription.
It takes a humble and contrite heart to say, “I was wrong,” or “I am sorry,” or “Lord, I have sinned.” When we have a humble view of our sin and our need for grace, we have a clearer view of God and his Gift. It creates a grateful rather than a prideful heart. So maybe you’d like to pray with me today:
Lord God, I recognize that I sin. So often my good intentions do not come to fruition. I don’t do what I wish I would do. Other times I do exactly what You and I both wish I would not do. It is hard to face up to the wrong that is in my life. And it’s hard to admit to You and to others. Lord, create in me a clean heart – help me to recognize my tendencies to sin and turn from them. I need to feel that I have forgiveness from You. Your Word promises forgiveness for those who are in Christ Jesus. When I feel Your forgiveness, I feel clean and good inside – I feel free to be who You want me to be. So forgive me and help me forgive others who wrong me. Cleanse me and make me radiate Your grace today.
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