Spiders and I have an understanding in our household. We do not co-exist. I have shouted out a warning in my home to all spiders. If you show your creepy, crawly little bodies, I am going to grab my broom, shoe, newspaper, or anything handy and whack the fire out of you.
Hopefully we have all grabbed our brooms and have acknowledged “the spider”. We are now ready to continue the “Spring Cleaning” process of our hearts.
Step one was to acknowledge our sin. We are to look at it from God’s perspective, his point of view. We have identified the sin that it is against God. Now we need to confess it and forsake it as it says to do in 1 John 1:9. Now here is the point where we might have the tendency to push the spider toward the front door rather then whack it over the head with our broom. What I mean by this is we throw out a general prayer, “Lord, forgive me of all my sins.” Throughout the Bible, God is specific in naming sin. He tells us what it is, and not to do it. I think he wants us to be specific with Him as well. Why else would He go to all the trouble to name all of the sins he wants us to avoid?
Let me clarify, we do not need to go around aloud telling everyone we meet about each sin we have ever committed. Instead for our own benefit, We need to be specific with naming our sin to God. This is not so He will know which sin we are talking about. He knows all things. Being specific is part of the acknowledging process.
It also causes us to be humble before God. Pride can get in the way of our being specific with our sin. We start to look at it saying, “This sin is really not as bad as I thought”, or “There are a lot more sins that are worse than this one.” In 2 Corinthians 10:12, we read, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” We must squash pride right away by telling God exactly what sin we have committed and ask for forgiveness.
God is always ready to forgive anyone who comes humbly to Him and follows his steps of cleansing. He is faithful to forgive. We do not need to push our sin around or try to cover it up.
We need to grab the Broom and whack it on the head!