The Bible speaks clearly, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In All thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” (Prov. 3:5).
Recognizing the truth about oneself paves the way for freedom. Every Christian has a fleshly body and God is specific about how He feels about the behavior of the flesh in such scriptures as: (Gal. 5:17; Rom. 8:7,8; and Jude 23), which says: “. . . hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
Our own understanding is corrupt, selfish, self-centered and it doesn’t matter that we’ve been born again and Christ’s blood applied to our heart.
- Our reasoning remains untrustworthy!
- Our human understanding is suspicious, fearful.
- Our understanding rises with anger, bitterness, fighting, abuse of family members, etc.
- All impure thoughts, vile affections and desires which do not become overt actions are real acts of the inner man.
(Phil. 2:12), Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
David was a man of God who hated sin with everything in him.
- “. . . . I hate every false way,” ( Psa. 119:104).
- “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil . . . .” (Psa. 97:10).
- Yet he committed adultery with Bathsheba and sent her husband to his death to battle!
- Bathsheba “. . . mourned for her husband,” (2 Sam. 11:26).
- David’s sin had “displeased the Lord,” (verse 27).
- He seduced Bathsheba, planned her husband’s death, deceived her by acting as if he was doing the right thing (marrying her after he’d impregnated her).
- Ten months after the affair, God sent Nathan the prophet to deal with David’s sin, (2 Sam. 12).
When God convicts you of hidden sin you had better repent; hidden sin in a person, has a tendency to hate other’s sins while being blind to his own.Nathan told David about the rich man who stole his neighbor’s pet lamb, killed it feeding it to his friend; he was enraged. “So help me, that man is dead; he’s going to die”; he’s going to restore the lamb fourfold!” David was en raged against this awful sin.Hidden sin produced an unrighteous, unholy indignation against sin in other and begets a “religious spirit” and a judging spirit.
Preachers today are building big mega churches are told “do not talk about sin, Jesus, the Cross and take all religious symbols out of the sanctuaries; turning congregations from the Christian faith to trusting in wealth and entertainment. These leaders are now circus ring masters presiding over a three ring circus, entertainment, materialistic messages and lost souls on their way to hell.True ministers must cry out against sin and compromise and have a pure hatred for sin must come out of a heart that has been probed searched and judged itself.
David cried out against sin and compromise: “Do I not hate them, O Lord that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies,” (Psa. 139: 21- 22). This bold statement came out of a repentant broken spirit.; he examined his own heart! He says, “Search me, O God and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me . . . .” (verse 23-24). God does not want judgment for you hidden sins, repent and receive mercy.