We’re Not Quite off the Hook
Posted on October 22, 2018 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17
One of the dangers of our modern version of Christianity is that we have selectively focused only part of the story and not the full story.
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When was the last time you heard a message on the topic of “the fear of the Lord?” My guess is that for many of us, that isn’t necessarily a topic being preached from many churches today.
The book of Proverbs has much to say about the fear of the Lord, and in fact, there are numerous references to this topic.
One Biblical commentator gave this definition of the fear of the Lord: “God knows, weighs and sees every one of my thoughts, deeds, words and actions.” That in itself should cause us to give pause to how we live our lives.
Unfortunately, I think that too often we have dumbed down our version of the fear of the Lord so that we really forget that God is watching what we think, what we say, and what we do.
The recent fiasco with the new Supreme Court Justice reminds us that whether we believe it or not, our lives are under great scrutiny.
Last week I read a devotional by Drs. Henry and Richard Blackaby that really caught my attention in a powerful way. Read what they write:
One of Satan’s subtle deceptions is that you can do things in secret that will never be revealed. This is simply not so. The Bible stresses that everything done in darkness will one day be brought to light. So before you commit yourself to do anything questionable, seriously ask yourself, ‘Am I willing for those around me to know what I am about to do? Am I willing for God to watch me participate in this activity?’
The knowledge that God sees what we do, the certainty that we are accountable for every word and action, ought to dissuade us from sin (2 Cor. 5:10). But we can become so alienated from God that even this knowledge does not deter us. God promises that He will publicly expose our sin so that we must give an account to others for our actions.
Ultimately, everything we do will be exposed on judgment day. Still, some people believe they can sin against God, their families, their employers, or their friends and never be discovered. God has provided a safeguard against sin: the certainty of disclosure. Scripture commands us to expose the deeds of darkness as we become aware of them (Eph. 5:11).
As Christians we are to be the light that dispels darkness in our world. Sin cannot continue in the Christian’s experience, for light cannot dwell with darkness. The only insurance against having your sins exposed is living a blameless life.
Blackaby, Richard. Experiencing God Day By Day (Kindle Locations 4991-5001). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
I really needed to be reminded of this truth. It’s so easy to forget this, isn’t it? But every once in a while we need to be shaken out of our comfort zone and reminded that God knows, weighs and sees every one of my thoughts, deeds, words and actions.
Overflowing and abounding with hope,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
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