How do I find the courage to stop hiding? - Hiding - TouchPoints

How do I find the courage to stop hiding?

Nahum 1:7The Lord is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him.

1 John 4:18Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

God loves us deeply. He is perfectly good. Though he is just and righteous, he doesn’t rejoice in punishing us—he rejoices in bringing us back to him. When we fully understand that and love God back, we will no longer feel the need to hide.

Jeremiah 23:23-24“Am I a God who is only in one place?” asks the Lord. “Do they think I cannot see what they are doing? Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” asks the Lord.

We should be honest with God, realizing that we are not revealing any new information to him. Courage begins when we admit we need someone’s help, and who can help us more than God? When we go to him first, he may reveal others who can help you as well.

Psalm 32:5, 7Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone . . . For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

Proverbs 28:13People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

1 John 1:9But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

Confessing our sins brings them out of hiding so they can be forgiven and forgotten forever by God.

Psalm 19:12How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

Look to God’s Word, asking God to reveal what needs to be exposed. God’s Word shines a light on the sins lurking in the dark corners of our lives. Only when we stop hiding our sins can we be released from their power to control us.

Joshua 7:13-22“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things.

1 Samuel 10:15-24So Samuel called the tribal leaders together before the Lord, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the Lord, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else. Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king.”

Sometimes we are forced out of hiding to face either our punishment or our reward. Sins, confessed or unconfessed, will still bring consequences. Goodness, recognized or unrecognized, will still bring blessings.