You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. —Psalm 90:8

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. —Acts 5:1-11

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. —Hebrews 4:13

Are you hiding some sin in your life? Do you really think that God does not know? Why are you living like you think He does not know? Not confessing sin by excusing it, justifying it or even believing that it is not sin is a very serious issue before our Lord God Almighty. He already knows what you have done or are doing. Confess it, turn from it that you might be in fellowship with Him.

Ananias and Sapphira conspired to make it look like they had given all the proceeds from their land sale to the apostles for God’s work. When they were both asked individually if the money given was the full price they lied and said what they brought was the full price. In this case God executed them on the spot for lying to Him. These were believers that God judged and this is not the only place in God’s Word that He did this.

In First Corinthians 11:27-34 we are told that some of those believers in the Corinthian church were judged by God as well for their sin. Some were sick and some had died because of their sin (v. 30). They were believers that God judged, being disciplined by Him but they were not condemned like the world would be.

I hope that you and I would readily confess our sins to God for forgiveness and that we would be quick to forgive as well. As a matter of fact if we are not willing to forgive others, then God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:12, 14-15). Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22). Read Matthew 18:23-35 and “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

Dear Father, please help me never to have secret sin and to confess sin immediately whenever I sin against You. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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