“And, behold, an hand touched me. . . . And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright. . . . Then he said unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words" (Daniel 10:10-12).
Show me a Christian who refuses to acknowledge his sin—who says, "My hands are clean"—and I will show you someone with a false piety. Such a person puts on a big smile, has a confident walk and boasts that all is well. But it's all a facade! The Bible makes it clear that if anyone hides his sin, he will not prosper. God lifts His Spirit from him and his unrepentant heart is full of fear and restlessness!
But show me a repentant Christian—one who is sensitive to sin, willing to be searched, crying out, "I'm guilty, God!"—and I will show you one who soon will walk without any trace of fear. God will reach His mighty hand into that believer's heart and pluck out all roots of fear so that he will know the immeasurable favor and blessing of God!
Beloved, let God examine your heart; ask the Holy Spirit to reveal everything you have said or done that is grievous to Him. Think of anyone you have slandered or gossiped about, and admit how sinful it was. Go to that person and seek forgiveness.
I promise that if you make things right, you will release in your life favor from God as you have never known before! The Lord will open your eyes, ears and understanding and you will be given a revelation of things to come: "[You will] understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days" (Daniel 10:14).