Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-13
I have been getting hammered in my quiet times lately about how easy it is for me to have spiritual blindness. Sometimes I am convinced that we what see in the mirror is a distorted view of what I actually look like. Ok. Be honest. Have you ever walked down the boardwalk and saw some dressed in something so weird that you thought, “that person could not have looked in the mirror and still come out looking like this.”
If I am not engaged in spending time in the Word each day, I can easily develop spiritual blindness.
My heart was slammed again as I have been going through Paul David Tripp’s devotional, NEW MORNING MERCIES:
Sin blinds, and because it does, the sin inside me keeps me from seeing me with clarity. Sin is self-excusing and self-aggrandizing. Sin is self-righteous and other-blaming. Sin is self-atoning; it easily rationalizes away my wrongs. Sin allows me to feel all right about what God says is very wrong.
The personal sight system that God wired into every human being has been terribly broken by sin. We just do not know ourselves well, and we just don’t see ourselves with the clarity necessary to assess who we are and how well we are doing. We all suffer from spiritual blindness.
But that is not all. We all also suffer from the fact that we live most of the time blind to our blindness. We don’t see ourselves with clarity, but we think we do, and we don’t know ourselves with accuracy, but we are convinced we do. This is why we all tend to be offended when someone points out a sin, weakness, or failure.
So we all need help. It comes to us in the gift of God’s Word. Empowered by the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit, it is the universe’s most accurate mirror. Stand in front of it and you will see yourself as you really are. The diagnostic accuracy of the Bible is perfect. And because its diagnosis of your true condition, your true need, is always accurate, the Word of God is able to offer the only reliable cure for your condition.
An effective cure is always attached to an accurate diagnosis. And here’s the good news. You don’t need to be afraid of all the dark things you don’t see in yourself but which Scripture reveals about you, because all of those dark things have been covered by and defeated by the powerful grace that is yours in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Tripp, Paul David. New Morning Mercies. Crossway. Kindle Edition.
Wow! I needed this powerfully convicting message. I need to tape this to my journal so that I can read this regularly.
My prayer is that I will see myself accurately – the way Jesus sees me in light of His mercy and grace. How about you?
Living in light of the gospel,
Bill Welte, America’s Keswick
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