Q. How does our blatant sin interfere with our hearing from the Lord? Do you believe that we are punished for repetitive sin and perhaps the Lord doesn’t do things for us that He might if we were repentant regarding our sin?
A. I am convinced that while we can’t lose our salvation, we can interrupt our fellowship with God by failing to confess our sins as instructed in 1 John 1:9. During this time we may not receive the Lord’s protection from spiritual attack, we may not be able to communicate with Him, and we may lose out on blessings that we might have otherwise received. Most of these blessings pertain to our lives here, but if we refuse to ever confess it could result in the loss of Kingdom rewards.
Sincere confession purifies us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and restores us to full fellowship with God although it won’t necessarily restore earthly blessings we missed out on in the interim. I think that the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) was given in part to teach us this.