{day 19} Let go of what’s holding you back


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As long as we are holding on to or harboring {unconfessed} sin in our lives, we will never experience the joy of the Lord. ~Pastor Ed Taylor

There is something holding you back from experiencing a clean heart.  From experiencing the fullness of the abundant relationship with God that you were designed for.

It’s you.  It’s me.  It’s that thing we won’t let go of. It is unconfessed sin that is dirtying up our hearts and holding us back from God’s best.

It doesn’t matter what your thing is.  Sin is sin.

It doesn’t matter if you acknowledge it or not.  Sin is sin.

It doesn’t matter if you can rationalize and justify it away.  Sin is sin.

If you are convicted by the Holy Spirit to let go of something and you continue to hold on to it, friends…you are choosing sin over God.

There are plenty of examples in the Bible of unconfessed sin {Adam and Eve, David and I could go on and on}.

The darkness of unconfessed sin spills over to many areas of our lives including our relationship with God, our relationship with others and the effectiveness of our testimony.

Unconfessed sin causes us to pull back from God.  We feel shame, we feel guilt and sometimes, we feel entitled to hold on to that sin because doesn’t He know how hard it is to give that thing up?

Unconfessed sin not only clutters our heart but it causes a cascading domino effect on our spiritual lives.  If we are hiding from God, we spend less time in prayer and less time in His Word.  We are vulnerable to more sin creeping up in our lives.  Kind of like eating one brownie and knowing you blew it for the day, so why not eat the whole plate?  Do you see how the enemy just needs that little foothold?

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. ~Psalm 139:23

Wave your white flag of surrender to Jesus.  He knows about the thing anyway.  He knows our heart and our motives and our struggles.  He alone can give us the strength to let go of the thing that is holding us back.

If you want a clean heart before God, be willing to let go of anything holding you back from right relationship with Him.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9

What is the thing in your life holding you back from God’s best?  Ask Him and the Holy Spirit will reveal it to you.

**This is day 19 in the 31 Days to a Clean Heart series.  You can click on the links below to catch up.**

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6/Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 12

Day 17

Day 18


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