Has it ever occurred to you that you have faults? I’m guessing the answer is a resounding “Yes!” and you are not alone. If I asked you what you are doing about these faults you would probably tell me that you are praying about them and working on them. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says:
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14
Asking God to remove sin from your life is the only way to be set free. I would also venture to say that the more you confess a particular sin and the immediacy with which you confess it points to how much you really want to be free of that sin. Praying a general, “Forgive me for my sins,” will never cut it. God wants you to acknowledge to Him, to yourself, and sometimes to others exactly where you have problems. But what about those other faults? Do you realize you probably have faults that you cannot see in yourself? David, who God Himself called, “a man after My heart,” prayed the following,
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
David asked God to show him areas in his heart where sin was lurking. Notice, David doesn’t just ask God to “take a look,” he pleads with God to search, know and try (test) his heart.
Why is it that when someone has something hanging out of their nose that we are not quick to tell them so they can correct the situation? Is it that we are all cruel and want them to look ridiculous? Of course not! We don’t always want to tell them because we know it will embarrass them and make them feel bad about themselves. We would rather that person live on in ignorant bliss hoping the situation will remedy itself. And let’s be honest, there are some of us who would rather not know the truth. If we find out that we had something hanging out of our nose, we would obsessively think about every person we talked to who was probably trying with great difficulty to focus on what we were saying instead of how we looked.
Sometimes we are that way with sin too. We don’t always want to see our sin because then we have to deal with it and that makes us uncomfortable. But more often than that we are deceived. Satan is referred to in the Bible as the Father of Lies. One of his biggest lies is that we are doing alright. This is something that even spiritually mature Christians are susceptible too. Because we are already aware of a few areas in our lives where we are weak, Satan convinces us that we are doing great everywhere else and we are happy to believe him. However, like David, we need to be humble and we need to be brave and ask God to remove the blinders from our eyes.
The first time I asked God to show me my hidden sin, I was not ready for what He revealed. In fact, it took a long time to even acknowledge what He was showing me because I didn’t want to see it. I was discouraged because I didn’t realize I was weak in that particular area and I discovered I had been legalistic and lacked love. However, God doesn’t want us to be discouraged, He wants us to be reconciled. Our sins, whether we acknowledge them or not, block us from feeling His love and prevent us from loving others as we should.
We call certain sins hidden because they cannot be easily spotted. As I said earlier, Satan likes to convince us that we are spiritually fine. He even gives us logical and well thought out excuses for why we cannot live the way God has instructed us in His Word. Since he first deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, he has continued to tell us that what God says is not really what God means. Every time you are exposed to the Word of God, you have a choice to obey or to deny. As you read this, I pray that you will ask God to reveal areas in your life where you have been deceived. Don’t assume that just because you cant see it, it isn’t there because ultimately, deceived people don’t know they are deceived! What God reveals to you may be ugly and painful but the reconciliation and peace that you feel after is well worth it.