Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Insanity Of Trying To Hide Your Sins From God

Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips… —Isaiah 6:5

“Our conviction (of sin) is focused on our specific sin, and we realize, as Isaiah did, what we really are. This is always the sign that a person is in the presence of God. The effect of Isaiah’s vision of the holiness of the Lord was the directing of his attention to the fact that he was “a man of unclean lips.” The cleansing fire had to be applied where the sin had been concentrated.”  OSWALD CHAMBERS

After Adam and Eve sinned and God came to the Garden, they hid from Him. What made them think they could hide from the creator God?  We all do the same thing.  We sin and then hide it inside from the view of those around us and believe even from the knowing of God.  In doing so we live a life of self-deception.  God knows our hearts .. (Jeremiah 17:9-10) “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind…” We may be able to deceive other people .. hide our sin from them .. but not from God.  And why doesn't that bother us?  Why do we continue to life that life?  Because we do not understand God’s nature nor love Him with our whole heart.  We find that it is easier to live a life filled with sin, submitted to the leading of our old nature.  And why? Because living any other way requires that you agree with God, confess your sin to Him and yield your will to Him. 

So many Christians live in fear.  They fear what they cannot control .. that, in itself,  is an indicator that their self-will is dominate .. that they, like Adam and Eve, want to be like God and decide what is the best way to live and relate.  Listen – If you have the Spirit of God in you .. and if you have been born again, you do … then you will never be happy .. be content .. be at peace .. until you surrender your will and say “Here am I Lord, a person with unclean lips … cleanse me Lord” And He will .. He promised.  We find eternal restoration through Jesus … and sanctification though the Spirit.  Jesus said it this way. (Matthew 23:25-26)  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean”  These guys looked good on the outside to men but were full of sin on the inside - and God knew it!

You can’t be clean by trying harder … only by giving up and yielding to God.  Charley

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