(Job 24:16; Psalms 90:8; Ephesians 5:12)
"Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of
thy countenance." Psalms 90:8
New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has learned the hard Biblical lesson that
"The Lord bring to light the things hidden in the darkness" (1 Cor. 4:5).
It was Jesus who said, "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 shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in
the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops" (Luke 12:2-3).
Anyone who thinks they can sin and keep their sin a secret is a fool,
because no matter how well you try to cover up your sin, GOD SEES
My heart is breaking this morning, because I know that many who read these
words this morning are hurting because of secret sins in your life. To
those in your life, everything looks wonderful. Many envy you. Most see you
as a person who is strong in the Lord and a pillar of faith. You are a
business person, a mom, dad, son, daughter, or pastor. You serve God in many
ways. You love God. You have put your faith in Christ. But there is sin in
your life. Secret sin. Sin nobody else sees. Sin that possibly has been part
of your life for many, many years. Sin that you have swept into a back
closet so nobody else would know about it. SIN THAT IS KEEPING YOU FROM THE
JOY, PEACE, AND ABUNDANCE THAT GOD HAS PROMISED FOR YOUR LIFE.
What is this sin? For each person that is different. For some it is alcohol.
The two beers each night, the scotch after work, have become so much a part
of your life that even though you are not classified as an alcoholic, you
know and God knows, that you HAVE to have it. THAT is a problem. Some of you
woke up this morning after not sleeping well because you are deeply involved
in gambling. Possibly you owe a local bookie for sports bets. Or maybe it is
those lottery tickets you HAVE to buy each day. Or maybe it is the local
casino down the road that you just can't stay out of. Just as bad are those
who play the markets each day, not investing for the future, but looking for
the daily "hit."
Others of you are dealing with sexual sins. Pornography is the easiest since
it can be just you and your movies, or magazines, or computer. Possibly you
have evolved past the solo stage and it involves other people. Still others
of you are secretly involved in drugs, legal and illegal. Actually, those
who use prescribed drugs to get that "high" outside of the medicinal
purposes it was designed for, is a MUCH larger problem than the more
publicized illegal drug problem. However, that is a multi-billion dollar a
year industry so SOMEBODY is buying all that cocaine, pot, heroin, meth,
ecstasy, and the rest. Still others of you are involved in the sin of greed.
Making money is more than just a way to support yourself and family, it is
an obsession. Money is your drug of choice. And of course, there are a
multitude of other sins people are secretly involved in.
You see my friend, the Bible says that the enemy comes to kill, steal, and
destroy. That verse is talking about believers. How does that happen? We
know that if we give our lives to Christ by faith we are saved. The enemy
can't have our souls. But he can destroy us from being the productive
servants God has called us to be. The easiest way to do that is to get us
trapped in sin. Sin is like cancer. It starts out almost innocently. But it
grows and spreads. Very few who are involved in gambling, don't drink. Very
few involved in drugs are not involved in sexual sins. Very few are tied to
just one secret sin.
As a matter of fact, once you let sin into your life, and practice sin, it
opens the door for other sins. You see, at some point it doesn't matter any
longer. The great justifier satan says, "oh well, you already are this deep,
what harm could a little more sin do?" This my friend is the trap. It is
like quicksand. You get in, and get deeper, and deeper, and deeper, and
getting out becomes harder, and harder.
I realize that this word today has made some turn their computer off, some
have hit the delete button, and others are sitting right now in tears. You
see, the Holy Spirit is talking to YOU! God is speaking to you this moment
louder than He could if he were on a public address system at a stadium. He
is talking to YOU and saying READ THIS . . . THIS IS YOU!!! The Prodigal Son
came from a Godly, good home. I think when he went out, he was a good
person. I think like many brothers and sisters in Christ, he simply allowed
sin to enter into his life, and it ate him up to the point of near
destruction. But in the end, he knew when he hit the bottom, there was only
one place to go . . . HOME to his father!
Were there consequences for his sin? YES! His inheritance was gone, he
suffered the damage of the horrible experiences he encountered. He probably
had some health issues. But the point was, when he "came to himself" he went
home! MY WORD FOR YOU TODAY IS THAT GOD LOVES YOU. GOD CARES ABOUT YOU. NO
AMOUNT OF SIN CAN EVER STOP HIM FROM LOVING YOU. READ 1 JOHN 1:9. YOU DON'T
HAVE TO CONTINUE IN YOUR SIN, BUT YOU CAN STOP TODAY AND LET GOD HELP YOU.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS. AT THE END OF THE ROAD YOU ARE ON IS DESTRUCTION. GOD
IS THE FLAG MAN WITH THE ORANGE VEST SAYING . . . STOP NOW!!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I wish I was able to help make it all
okay by snapping my fingers. I would but that is not reality. Sin didn't
start overnight, didn't occur overnight, and the effects of sin won't go
away overnight. As a matter of fact, they will be with you the rest of your
life. Sadly, that is one of sin's by-products. But you can have victory over
sin today! Today can be the first day of victory over sin in your life. But
the first step MUST BE YOURS!!!
Here is some practical advice for you to follow if you really want victory.
You are in a battle. To win a battle, you must have a battle plan. Pray, sit
down and let God give you a plan that you can faithfully work each day.
Then, you need someone you can be accountable to on a daily basis. You can't
win this fight alone, you need someone to stand with you, and to hold you
accountable. Lastly, you need the strength you can only get from God. That
comes from your daily relationship through prayer and the Word, from being
in church, from finding ways to serve the Lord. All of this working together
will help you overcome this battle and see victory.
Pray today for Gov. Spitzer, his wife and 3 children. Being the first
family of the state of New York means nothing today. These are 5 people who
are all hurting and struggling to deal with the consequences of the
Governor's sin. I have no clue where this family is spiritually, but I pray
in the midst of this tragic time, they will each find a real relationship
with the Lord who will comfort them and guide them through these difficult
days. In turning to Christ, the Governor and his wife can find healing and
restoration to their marriage. Their children can find the strength to go
through such a public airing of their families problems. Pray that they
will each turn to Jesus in this time of need.
I will be praying for you today. There is victory in this life, victory for
Jesus. The biggest trap we as Christians must avoid are those secret sins
that will eat away at us from the inside. Destroy us from the inside. Make
us virtually useless in serving God. Never forget, our purpose in this life
is to serve and glorify Him with our lives. The easiest way for the enemy to
stop us from fulfilling that purpose is to get us entangled in sin in our
lives. We can live FREE from sin if we choose to. That is what God is
calling you to do today. Turn from your secret sin, and turn fully, 100% to
Again, know that I am praying for you. I can't do this for you, YOU have to
do it. But know that I am here praying for you, standing with you for
victory over the sin in your life. God will strengthen you, embolden you,
and help you see victory. The first step, however, is yours. The prodigal
son had to go home before he could get victory. Bury your pride since God
already knows the full story, and go to Him today. My prayers are with you.