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The Hidden Past That Kills You

I mess up. You mess up. Sometimes we might mess up big, life altering big. But those mistakes do not mean God loves us less than anyone else.

Did you ever hide a sin because you were ashamed? Did you and your parents ever decide to hide your sin?

Hiding our mistakes can be much worse than revealing them.

Life altering mistakes or sins may seem easier to deal with if we hide them, because we think we can minimize the impact or dodge scorn and gossip. Yet the emotional and health related impacts can pile up higher and higher the longer we keep that secret hidden and refuse to appropriately deal with it.

King David messed up big time, several times in fact. He admitted it. He also gave us examples of how we are supposed to deal with our failures and examples of how we should not deal with them. We should learn from the examples we have been given by our Lord through the inspired word.

For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
Psalms 38:18 NASB

Don’t pretend you are perfect. Always walk humbly knowing that everyone has sinned. Yet repent of your own sin, which means to turn from your sin. One day all things will be revealed. When you hide your mistake it is a cause of anxiety and will be used against you by the enemy and it can do hold you back from moving on to full life.

Anxiety and fear cause many health issues in life and a full healing can never take place until you open those past wounds that were never cleaned out and remove the infection.

Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops. “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him.

Luke 12:1-5 NASB

Don’t deceive yourself or anyone else. Hiding your past mistakes will not make them go away and it won’t help anyone else learn from your mistake. It also delays the healing and reconciliation process while causing anxiety within you.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

1 John 1:8-10

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Confession Time

I believe Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.

Paul tells us that if we confess Jesus and believe in our heart, we will be saved.

I believe for many reasons:

  1. Historical evidence
  2. First hand witness accounts written with passion and under threat of death for doing so
  3. Personal experiences of life change
  4. Testimony of life change in others

Why do you believe?

But what does it say? ” the word is near you , in your mouth and in your heart “-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, ” whoever believes in him will not be disappointed .” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ” whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved .”
Romans 10:8‭-‬13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/rom.10.8-13.NASB

Sharing the Gospel in Anonymity #ConfessingJesus

As I was in Denver last week I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with complete strangers on two separate occasions. It seemed much more comfortable sharing there, and I know why. I was just an anonymous guy.

Just another dude on the street in the big city. Nobody knew who I was. Except my family.

Sharing the Gospel message in anonymity is easy if you love people.

What’s hard is sharing in places where you are known. At work, at school, with family and friends, it becomes exponentially harder to share your faith with people who know you. But most especially if you are not living what you are speaking.

WE SHOULD BE SHARING GOD’S MERCY, GRACE AND TRUTH.

Jesus came full of grace and truth. See John 1.

We are sinners saved by grace standing on the truth of God’s word. We are not perfect and we will mess up again and again. Yet because of Jesus we are reconciled with God the Father.

In Acts, Peter and the apostles were not sharing for a couple of days and going home. They stayed around for a while, and people knew who they were.

They were flogged, stoned, imprisoned and many other things, but they continued confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.

Understandably there are mission fields where the Gospel must be shared in a secretive and even clandestine manner.

But in most situations we are not called to hide in the shadows of anonymity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, we are told to confess Jesus before men.

“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 10:32‭-‬33 NASB

“They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
Acts 5:40‭-‬42 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/act.5.40-42.NASB