Secret Sins and a Space From Grace
While some believers have their secret sins, it’s not a secret that God knows everything we do. Proverbs 15:3 says “ The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Whether we serve in the Church, play or sing on the platform, lead a bible study group, or just started believing in Jesus, we will sin. At face value, it’s not the most encouraging truth. We have a carnal nature that we battle against every single day called the flesh and sinning is the path our flesh take s to find pleasure and self - preservation. Sin, in Scriptural language, means “missing the mark.” God gives us something to aim and move toward, but we aim elsewhere for whatever reason and “miss the mark.” Therefore, because God has a plan for us every single day of our lives, whenever we do not follow that plan, we miss the mark.
If we were to consider the MAGNIFICENT plan of God for our lives and how every day plays a role in that plan, it would reveal how many opportunities for sin there really are. Although, the Scriptures make it very plain in Romans 5:20 that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more. So even if there are many opportunities for “missing the mark,” there’s THAT many opportunities and more to “HIT the mark”. This is where people who keep their secret sins multiply their own hurt and punishment. They allow sin to be the result of their vulnerability, weakness, and temptation, instead of God’s grace. In the abundant opportunity for sin, God’s grace was rejected, so their hurt and pain was multiplied. This does not mean we should SEEK SIN, for God’s grace to be given to us. But we should SEEK GRACE because one way or another, temptations to sin will show up. So look for grace. It’s always present. There’s always an escape for God ’s people to overcome sin (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Why would anyone try so hard to keep their secret sins? “Secret sins” blind us to the escape that God makes for us. Secret sins cause us to reject, waste, and frustrate God’s grace (1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 6:1, Galatians 2:21). When we keep our secret sins, we reject God’s empowerment to overcome sin and toss to the side His free gift of victory over sin, making His love towards us into a waste. How tragic that our own stubbornness and desire could turn God’s grace into waste! That is the CRAZY power of the human will and flesh. Eventually, after rejecting and wasting God’s grace, we frustrate it to the point that God gives us over to our secret sins and He will either let us experience the severity of our sin or expose our sin to others. It is as if I had a debt of $10,000,000 to pay and a billionaire generously gave me the money to pay it off, but I went out and just used the money to get myself into more debt.
Many times, falling under the crushing weight of sin, shame, and pain causes us to wake up to how destructive our secret sins are. Other times, the exposure of our sin is what causes us to wake up to how humiliating our secret sins are. Either way, God’s GRACE gives us a SPACE to repent. God ’s GRACE gives us a SPACE for us to deal with our secret sins privately with Him. God’s GRACE gives us a SPACE to avoid more humiliation than we already feel when we’re alone. God’s GRACE is NOT a SPACE for us to continue in sin. God’s GRACE is God’s gift of supernatural empowerment so that we would not be slaves to sin. God wants us to live in victory. The secret sins are not a secret to God. They only hold us back from walking in the powerful grace of God that helps us to make a difference in our world, all without secret bondages. Jesus wants you to have confidence in the integrity that comes with His grace and righteousness. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and th e sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12 NKJV ).
Hector Robles hosts a podcast and bible study channel by the name of Sparrow.Podcast. On a weekly basis, you can find new content regarding the Bible and ministry. He lives and works as an engineer in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Savannah and they gladly serve at Calvary Apostolic Church.
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