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Hidden Sin


In the book of 2nd Samuel tells about the reign of king David over Israel. God called David a man after His own heart and yet David once tried to keep a sin hidden. In the days when a king was to lead his army into battle, David decided to stay home. As he was resting on the balcony of his palace, he noticed a woman bathing. Instead of looking away, he let his eyes rest on her and he became enticed by her beauty. He decided he must have her. After inquiring about her he found out that she was Bathsheba the wife of Uriah one of his commanders who was away at war. Even so he sent for her and she soon became pregnant by him. David hoped to hide his sin bringing back Uriah from the war and telling him to go and stay with his wife. Uriah refused and said that as long as there was a war he would not sleep in his home. David then decided that the only other way was to cover up was to let Uriah die in battle. So he commanded that he be put on the front lines. When the news came that he had been killed David took Bathsheba in to his house as his wife. David thought it was over and that his sin would never be found out. One day the prophet Nathan came to David and to him the story of a poor man who owned a lamb. That little lamb meant everything to that man. It was like a member of his family. But there was a rich man who owned many sheep. The rich man one day entertained a traveler and instead of serving him one of his own sheep, he slaughtered the poor mans lamb. David was angry at this tale and wanted to punish the rich man for what he had done. At this, Nathan told David that David was the guilty one and what he thought he had hidden God saw. David repented but his child that was born by Bathsheba died as a consequence of his sin. To read the story in it’s entirety, read 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12.

Do you have a sin which you keep secret? Something you hope no one will ever find out about? In Quebec one of the big problems is hidden sexual sin. Adultery, pre-marital sex, incest, sodomy, pornography, and masturbation. All of these are rampant. Perhaps you have problems with alcohol, drugs or gambling? Maybe even what you don’t think is such a big sin as lying or theft? The only one who knows is you and the Lord. And it is because the Lord knows that unless you do something to deal with that sin, He will deal with it in His way. The way He will deal with it is never pleasant. He usually exposes it to our embarrassment. A few well known tela- evangelists had their sins exposed to the entire world. Jesus said in Luke 8:17; "For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light."

Why would the Lord expose my sin? Because He loves you. Sin brings death and enslavement. When someone is suffering from cancer a surgeon must cut it out before it spreads. Surgery is never pleasant. But is necessary in order to save a life. So yes having your sin exposed hurts, but having it exposed and revealed can save your life. Come to that place of repentance today before your sin is exposed. God is faithful and He will forgive you. You have pastors and elders who are willing to help you get through it. Please do it today.

 

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Comments on: "Hidden Sin" (13)

  1. Yes, it\’s so important to confess and turn away from sin when we fall in it, if we want to stay in God\’s will and stand firm in Him! I have a little question Gerry…Did you ever experiment something odd like: whenever you go somewhere, let\’s say, someone\’s house with christians and non-christians that live in it, you automatically become very tired and a little cranky??? If so, what causes it?? Thanks,Cath 🙂

  2. I just finished reading the article "Questions And Answers About Wicca" and I was just wondering if you could explain some things to me. In the first section, it states that by believing that the "Creator" is IN everything, it is telling a huge lie and that this is an abomination to God. My first question is, how can it be an abomination to God if, by believing this, it teaches to respect all forms of life? Plus, and this is just my own personal opinion so it is of course open to discussion, when I make something, say, pottery or a painting, I may have not created the tools but I definately infused the outcome with my personal touch, something unique only to me. If God created EVERY living thing, then how can it NOT be that every living thing bears the same spark of divinity (in this case, how can God not be IN every living thing)? Continuing on in the article, there is a statement on how God is the divine author of the Bible. However, the Bible did not just suddenly pop up out of no where. A human had to write it down, with all of human\’s imperfections and human perception behind it. More to the point, I have taken a university level religious studies class, and I was introduced with the \’fact\’ that Jesus did not (himself) write down any of his own sayings or beliefs. Therefore, whenever there is a part in the bible that says "And Jesus saiths…." This was not from Jesus himself…it was from a follower of Jesus who decided it would be a good idea to write down his words…again open to interpretation (I might add that my prof was a catholic..and mind you I am aware that these men were \’prophets\’ chosen by God and thus incapable of screwing it up), but that is only to be followed by something else that was introduced to me in my class (and now here is where I can\’t remember EXACT details…so bear with me) A certain king was really paranoid about being killed by a witch, so he changed the verse that read "And thou shalt not suffer a poisoner of wells to live…" to "And thou shalt not suffer a witch to live"…so, assuming there is truth behind this, how many times had this happened before? Kings were men of power, capable of changing the verses to suit their particular needs without anyone else knowing it. But anyways, back to the article, it states that Wiccans cannot be worshipping God because they never define explicitly the divine power. My question to this is, if we are just mere mortals who can never fully comprehend the power that is God, isn\’t claiming that there is only one God who only condones particular things sort of limiting His power? If God is all powerful and we can never, as humans, possibly comprehend Him, then how can we define Him? Can we say how much power God has? And my final question to this article is, if someone believes in a faith of love and through this faith lives a life of happiness and the betterment of self and society, how can God be unhappy with this? If God is love, then isn\’t any faith in which there is love which leads to fulfillment and the betterment of self and society the same thing? Is your love better than a Wiccan\’s love? Love and devotion are the same thing in every faith, no matter which name you attatch to it. So how, by living a fulfilling life of love and happiness, can this be attributed to satan? If God is love, then is it not God in all of these faiths, just understood in a different way? A rose called by any other name still smells as sweet, after all. This is not a comment written to infuse harsh debate or any of that, I am just genuinely curious and would like to know your view on this. I am also not writing this to pass judgement. I am just interested in the topic of \’religion\’ in general, and love finding out first-hand how different people view religious topics such as this. Sorry for this insanely large comment lol, but thank you so much for your time if you decide to comment back.Jerri

  3. Heyi totally agree. The problem is not the sin but the keeping it hidden. Of course sin is sin, but when something is kept in the dark it festers and becomes something to be afeared… its presence a dark secret and it holds us back from God when we are meant to love Him with everything we have and offer all to Him – even our ugly parts. God does us a favour by bringing our sins to the light where they can be dealt with and we can be cleansed. Is there not anyone who, despite the shame, feels a sense of relief at the discovery of their dark secret? Glad to not have the burden upon them anymore?Cya around Gerry :)Sarah

  4. Hi again Gerry!I just added your link to my space, if there\’s a problem, just let me know ok? God bless you!!Cath 🙂

  5. My big problem, personally I think is, with those who view adultry and coveting others partners as simply a fact of life. We\’ve become a society that treats long term relationships with scorn — looks at marriages as another item at a checkout counter — take it back if it doesn\’t work…..Keep up uthe good writing Gerry

  6. Just a quick response to your questions posted on worshippersplace.Quoting you: " Love and devotion are the same thing in every faith…"(1) You have not studied "every" faith. I know this to be a fact, because if you had even so much as skimmed the primary texts of just a few of the more famous "faiths" (ex, The Koran, The Upanishades, Zen Buddhism, the writings of Confuscious, etc) and not just heard a professor\’s take on religion in a couple of lectures, you would know that the ONLY thing that is certain about them as a group, is that they profoundly DISAGREE on a host of fundamental issues and are, in essence, mutually exclusive of one another! (2) Devotion is certainly not the same in every "faith". To think that their is only one being that all religions call "God" is to be seriously uninformed. Hinduism alone has more gods than it adherents can keep track of but all of them have different names! The Muslim god, named allah, has a very different personality and required modes of worship than the Jewish god, called YHWH. For example, YHWH requires the performance of highly specific ritual blood sacrifices which allah and brahman, the impersonal Buddhist god, do not. The names associated with each of the different deities are unique names that call upon beings who differ in personality, ability, location and sphere of influence; a fact not lost on wiccans, whose incantations and spells require the invocation of supernatural, godlike beings through costume, ritualist actions and words that are very different from even other, so-called, "Pagan" religions.(3) Love is certainly not "the same thing in every faith". The only sense in which love can be said to be a "thing" is when it is referred to "as God". In every other way, love is recognized as such only through its deeds. This or that action is said to be "loving" or unloving. We thus know love only when certain human behaviors meet the criteria set forth by a given faith\’s definition of love. For example, in college I had an argument with my roomate over whether or not Mother Theresa actually loved the people of India and deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize. My roomate was a practicing Buddhist and from the perspective of his "faith", Theresa was evil because she worked tirelessly to keep the poorest of the poor in India from dying of disease and malnourishment. According to his "faith", Theresa was simply prolonging the lives of people who would be better off dying so that they could be reincarnated back into a higher form of being and without the attendant suffering of this present life. But, according to Mother Theresa\’s "faith" (and mine), a human being dies only once and then comes God\’s Judgement as to whether or not they spend the rest of eternity in Heaven (with God) or in Hell (without God). Such a belief makes the living of this one life of supreme importance, if one is to reach all people that one can with the message that Jesus Christ bought back mankind from the Devil by taking upon Himself the sins of all men and women of all time and accepting the punishment due all of us as a just God\’s response to sin, during His 3 day stay in Hell. Theresa knew that if the poor of India were left to die in the gutters of Calcutta, as they had been before she arrived, that she would not have the opportunity to preach Christianity to them and consequently would end up in Hell. So you see, what is loving in one religion is not loving in another. In fact, most of the actions, behaviors and emotions that are referred to as "loving" in other "faiths", do not meet the Christian definition of love (as found in the first letter of the apostle Paul to the church at Corinth, written around 50- 60 AD). Verses 4 – 8 read as follows in the Amplified version (very modern):(4) (True) love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtly.(5) It is not conceited (arrogant or inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God\’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of an evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].(6) Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.(7) (True) Love bears up under anything and everything that comes its way, is every ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and endures everything [without weakening].(8) Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. If you study some of the world\’s religions, you will not find another in which it\’s adherents are required to put the needs of others ahead of the needs of self. What other religion is there that defines love as not insisting on one\’s own rights and not paying any attention when someone does one evil or wrong? Most importantly, there is no other religion in which it\’s god defines Himself (yes, He is male. Remember the virgin birth?) as being True Love and conducting Himself as written above. I\’d be very interested in your thoughts. Please drop by my space and blog in.

  7. Blue_Eyed_Goddess The first thing you need to understand that God used man to write the bible. It is the Holy Spirit that is the author of the bible. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet\’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 1:20-21A good message on this can be found her: http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/55-17.HTMUnderstand that Jesus, The Holy Spirit and the Father are one. So when Jesus is speaking in the bible you have His actual words as recorded by the Holy Spirit through men.Also we know we have the Word of God as it was given because of the depth of ancient copies that there is of the bible the oldest of which comes from the first century. If a king or any man tried to change what had been given by God, there would have been such an outcry by those who were followers of Christ and yet there has never been any outcry recorded. Christians take the word of God very seriously and would not have stood for it. So what you have today is what God has given to us as His word.God created all things but He is not in all things. He is not in the devil and his demons. He is not in the rocks and the trees. He is not in the animals. The only one He dwells in is a human being. We were created in His image. He put the breathe of life in us. His breathe. For Him to dwell in you though you must first accept Him as your Lord and Saviour and ask Him to come into your life. He then takes up residence as the Holy Spirit. There are many religions that teach love and respect of human beings, but they are just that, religions. Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship. A relationship with your Creator. A real one in witch He talks to and interacts with you. The uniqueness is that God Himself came to earth as a man to die for His creation. That’s how much He loves us. It is the epitome of what real love is all about. Anything that teaches that we are more than what God has created us to be has come not from Him but from satan who is the father of lies. In the garden he told Adam and Eve that they could become like God by eating of the fruit. Instead it brought them death and separation from God. Satan hasn’t changed his way of trying to trick people away from God and he uses teaching like wicca to turn them away from the truth. When God through His word says it is wrong.For more answers on what the bible has to say about these things you can visit this page. http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-occult.htmlTake care, hope I have answered some of your questions.

  8. Hi Gerry,So true, hidden sins will one day be in the light.A reminder to always confess and repent for we serve a Holy God. To keep ourselves pure and blameless before Him.Keep sharing God\’s wisdom…may God bless you and your family greatly 🙂

  9. Thanks a lot for answering at my space and I will pray before I go into that house again!God bless you Gerry!!!Cath 🙂

  10. Hey Gerry, thanks for stopping by ^^ the camels are sadly for the third world countries, so we will have to rethink what to get your kids for xmas hahaha. how are you and your family doing? much love, God bless xxx

  11. ..Slipknot.. said:

    hiya gerry..lol whats up..? how is life..? comment me back some time

  12. Hi Guys! When you get the chance, go over to my space and wait it out because it takes forever to load, but check out the song on the player. It\’s some friends of mine and one of our worship leaders…. Kind of a hello from my church to yours! I love the song and I hope you do too! Thank you and God bless!A Mom in America

  13. christians fascist, sin all you want, you aint going nowhere when you die, you should live acceptable lives just by principle and good will not because you fear going to hell
     

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