Why is it that we never take notice of things until everything around us stops? By stop, I mean what was the norm is no longer the case. It’s only then that we realize things perhaps were not as they should have been.
Maybe you are living a lifestyle not exactly consistent with your Christianity, or maybe some hidden sin that has been tucked away for months or even years becomes public and then bang, everything stops. You wake up to a new reality that always existed, but you refused to acknowledge, correct or change direction.
Numbers 32:23 NKJV: “…[T]hen take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”
The Bigger The Audience The Harder The Fall
Ever notice how when a well-known pastor at some mega church falls (and this is not meant to slight the mega churches, but it happens), it is always due to some… what is the politically correct term? Oh yes, I have it: “moral failure,” a/k/a sin.
Adultery, mismanagement of church funds, abuse of staff, you name it. There can be and have been many reasons, but what they all have in common is that it was business as usual until the sin surfaced, and then, all things stopped. The true reality that always existed became the new reality. What was once how it is can never be again from that day forward.
Proverbs 28:13: “He who covers his sins will not prosper….”
What I just discussed is obviously an extreme example, but it happens. What also happens and is more common is the day-to-day, little-by-little, being out of communion with the Lord, the “little” sins, the sins that we keep under wraps, the hidden sin that we never show in our Christian social circles; God forbid. We may pray about it, we may convince ourselves that it is not as big a deal as what others may be dealing with, or our pride kicks in and we say, “Well, it’s not that big a deal,” and therefore, it will always remain a part of our lives.
This self-delusional tomfoolery separates us from God to a certain degree, but always poses a risk that it can grow to be a much bigger deal and then things stop. You know, an alcoholic or drug addict did not get that way from drinking one drink or smoking one joint. They became that way by letting themselves get into a habit, a downward spiral—whatever you want to call it—until the sin then controlled them. It starts small and then gets big.
Satan never rests. It’s game on, 24/7, with him trying to separate you from God. He never rests, but we do. We let down our guard because we let the little things go unchecked until, sadly, they can become a big thing. The whole idea is to avoid the bigger things like the plague.
Put On The Brakes Before You Hit The Wall
Hebrews 12:1: “…[L]et us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us….”
Weights are not necessarily sin, but they are those things that could separate you from God. That separation can lead to sin and bigger things. Address them now.
2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?”
Examine yourselves continually.
Galatians 6:4: “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Step back, take a look at yourself, what you are doing, and again examine.
We are all human, and we all have issues. But thanks to the grace of God and His son Jesus Christ, we are declared righteous, given our acceptance of Him. Since when did that mean life was easy? There are always going to be challenges that we need and have to deal with. Don’t forget, you can lie all you want to anyone you want, but you cannot lie to God. He knows what’s really going on. So, before things stop and you are faced with that new reality that is never going to be good, address those things that you know in your heart should not be there.
Proverbs 28:13: “…[B]ut whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”