Monday, January 25, 2010

Removing Blinders

Courage is more than seeing sin.

How often, because we so desperately desire to see good, are we deceived? Longing to believe that what is, isn't, we are quick to excuse and grab hold of any thread offered. A thread woven with lies. A blind eye will only hide sin, not remove it.

Francis Frangipane writes, “Sin wears a cloak of deception.” It embraces rationalization and compromises. “For sin engulfs the mind in a cloud of alibis and cover-ups as it seeks to keep itself alive. It twists and distorts the truth, and without plans for repentance it calmly reassures us, 'God understands; He'll never judge me.'”

“Should an embarrassing sin nearly be exposed through circumstances etc., we thank God that our secret problem remained hidden. As likely as not, however, it was not God who kept the sin hidden; it was the devil. The attitude of heaven towards sin is plain.”

Sin needs exposure. Some are easily deceived. Some don't count the cost of 'looking the other way'. Some are deluded into believing that which is false. In haste they believe any explanation, quick to endorse and excuse. It takes courage to see sin. It is painful. It tears us apart emotionally and physically.

“Proverbs 29:1 warns, 'A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.' Paul also warns of those whom 'God gave...over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonoured among them.' Why? Because 'they exchanged the truth of God for a lie' (Romans 1:24-25). Every sin is the exchange of the truth of God for a lie.”

Falsehood protects sin.

People are held spellbound in fantasy worlds of falsehood.

It takes courage to accept revelation to know the truth.

It takes courage to discern what is right. A covering of grace extended only perpetuates the evil when there's been no repentance.

Purify us Lord of lies and illusions.

Lord, give me courage to seek, see and speak truth.

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Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Whatever we cover, God will uncover. Yet, whatever we uncover, God will cover.

Love it.


Marilyn in Mississippi said...

"Lord, give me courage to seek, see and speak truth.",too,, too.


Alene said...

Loving this post girl! I'm going to remember to remove those blinders. Through God I'll raise up some courage to seek and see.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

This must have been incredibly difficult for you to write, Joy, but I commend you for taking the pen in hand and writing the TRUTH!

The enemy will attach the Truth at every angle. I imagine he's laid siege to your walls of faith because of your obedience here. I will be praying for you this weekend.

We're expecting snow, and I'm supposed to travel to hear Jennifer Rothschild speak this weekend.


Danielle said...

I don’t normally do this, but my daughter, Bethany(age 10) just wrote something that I posted on my blog. I’m asking that you take a look at it and leave a comment to give her some encouragement. She was very nervous, but took a big leap because I asked her to. Please help me boost her confidence in sharing what God is speaking to her heart. Thanks!!!!!

Obedience… a ten year olds perspective.

On Purpose said...

You are beautiful! Knowing God is with you today...for you truly make this world a better place! Thank You!

Lynn Cowell said...

I have been deceived many times by sin. I am a "half-full" type of girl and each time it happens, I am completely stunned. I do want to continue to be someone who always looks for the best in others, but at the same time, I want to be one who is wise.

lisasmith said...

i was just meditating on this verse in Romans this week! my response...Search my heart, O God, show me if there is any offensive way withi me.

thanks for praying, Joy!

prashant said...

God will uncover. Yet, whatever we uncover, God will cover.
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