08.18.15 – Hidden Bedroom Sins

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Hidden Bedroom Sins

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10

Most children do not enjoy cleaning their room. They constantly look for ways to cut corners in getting the job done. One of the oldest tricks in the book is to shove the mess under the bed. This bulldozing strategy is a favorite. It gives the appearance of a clean room, and does so rather rapidly. But the wise parent will not be fooled, and will lovingly lift up the dust ruffle and expose all the hidden junk.

This familiar scene from the pages of childhood is similar to the believer’s relationship with our heavenly Father. He knows everything about His children. We can hide nothing from Him, and no matter how hard we try, nothing escapes His permeating gaze (Hebrews 4:13). Just like a faithful parent inspecting the condition of a child’s bedroom, our heavenly Father faithfully inspects our hearts and exposes any junk we are hiding and hoarding under the bed of our hearts. We might be able to give a false impression of spiritual cleanliness to our neighbors, family, and friends, but our heavenly Father never falls for the trick.

As it is in a child’s nature to cut corners in cleaning their room, it is in our sinful nature to try to cut corners in our spiritual cleanliness. We have a tendency to crank up the bulldozer of pride and try to shove our junk under the bed of our hearts in an effort to make our spiritual house appear orderly. But God is in the excavation business, and He will always dig up anything that needs to be unearthed from the soil of our hearts.

Oh how we foolishly assume that we can somehow impress God with an external spiritual facade!  But unlike man, God sees deeper, and is more concerned with what is on the inside (1 Samuel 16:7). God is more interested in what is in our hearts rather than what is in our hands (Genesis 4:4-5). That is why sincere worship to the Lord always calls for transparency of heart. Our worship to God will be hindered if we hoard sin in our heart. Like a dam stifling the mighty waters of a river, sin dams up our lives hindering the powerful flow of the Holy Spirit of God.

But getting back to our story; the child who has bulldozed a pile of clutter under his bed will dread the tedious task of raking all of it back out from under the bed. Spiritually speaking, this is true for the child of God as well. No believer enjoys the exposure of hidden sin. But it is at this point where our life illustration parts ways with our spiritual lesson. Though earthly parents might leave it up to their child to finish the job alone, our heavenly Father does no such thing. Once our sin has been exposed and we have humbly confessed our sin, it is God who does the cleaning for us. Consider our passage above. In Psalm 51, David humbly confessed a once hidden sin (2 Samuel 11:4), a sin that had been clearly exposed. God the Father had lifted up the dust ruffle of David’s heart and used  the prophet Nathan as a rake in His hand (2 Samuel 12:7). Yet through it all, it was God who ultimately cleaned out David’s Heart (Psalm 51:10).

We must not be concerned with what others see, while unconcerned with what God sees. Instead, the child of God must be about the business of keeping their life clean on a daily basis, preventing the pile up of sin in the first place. This means we must live our lives in such a way that we are always prepared for a surprise inspection from God, who is the landlord of our hearts.

Ponder these things today, and faithfully keep watch over the spiritual cleanliness of your soul.  And as uncomfortable as it might be, ask our loving Father to inspect your heart. Pray with David when he said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

 – Pastor Eric

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32 thoughts on “08.18.15 – Hidden Bedroom Sins

  1. Every morning I need to pray “Create in me a clean heart , O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. ” I do not need to let sin clutter up my life. There is freedom in confessing my sin to God, and allowing God to work on the condition of my heart.

  2. I just realized I did the wrong grade so in doing this one now! Haha. I know it can be hard to not b concerned with what others think and that it’s hard but very important to realize it only matters what God thinks. We shouldn’t let sin take up our life., and live our lives letting God help us.

  3. I think we all need to be the best we can when we represent God We need to try to live not fake but real Godly life styles but when we do sin we don’t need to act like we did nothing and try to hide it from God but ask him for forgiveness and repent of our sins. Also we shouldn’t live our life for others but for God and try to glorify him in everything we do.

  4. From what I’ve seen in my life it’s worth doing something right and complete the first time even if there isn’t a reward in the end of the task and that applies to everything. Because it is written that we are to do our task with haste and without out complaining.

    • Grant, I appreciate you…I wish when I was your age I had the deep approach to life you demonstrate…I am honored to be your teacher and I look forward to a second year together…see you in class 🙂

  5. Hidden sin is one of the worst things for someone. It seems to act like a burden that only feels heavier the longer we go. I’m so glad we do have a Father who won’t hesitate to step in and take over if we will have a true heart change. We absolutely CANNOT fool God. We only fool ourselves into thinking we are ok. It’s so worth it to fess up and feel better.

    • Thank you for your insight Brett…I agree…It is worth it to fess up and feel better…God has truly gifted you with leadership…you are a blessing to our class…thank you for your listening spirit today 🙂 Your friend…….Mr. M

  6. I feel like we need to spend a little time with God and either worship him or just tell him whats on our mind. If and when we do that he would be on our hearts and minds all day. I also think that if we mess up that we just need to repeant and ask for forgiveness so that that the burden wouldnt be on our heartsand minds.

  7. I think we should also not put on a front in our spiritual lives. If we pretend to be something we are not we get into the habit of hiding our flaws and this can lull us into a false sense of security because we buy into our own lie that we have it together. When in reality we should take a step back and evaluate ourselves and see that we are flawed and we need God’s grace and mercy.

    • Yes, putting up a spiritual front is dangerous! Thank you for sharing your thoughts…Jarett, I look forward to having you in class this year! You a blessing to have at CCS…We will see you tomorrow…

  8. I often find myself trying to act like all of the rude little thoughts i have throughout the day don’t happen. This is so encouraging that God can see all of my thoughts and I can be comforted that He won’t love me any less. God already knows what I’ve done so why be afraid to consult them.

  9. I think it is easy to look at all of the big sins that I don’t do, and ignore all the little ones that I frequently do. This was a great reminder that even if I don’t think they are a big deal, God does not take them lightly and I must take them more seriously also.

  10. I think everyone has a struggle with hidden sins. I also think people get to concerned of what others think instead of God and that usually means sinning and kind of showing off about it. We sometimes brag about doing something bad like when our parents tell us to do something and you smart mouth them, and then you go brag to your friends about it. When we do that ,like you said, we try to hide it from God. We are so consumed with trying to be accepted in the world that we just push Him off to the side. When in truth if you are trying to be friends with someone like that then they are not your real friends. I’m glad we have a forgiving God, and he cares so much that he is always there to help us when we are feeling overwhelmed.

  11. I think we need to examine are heart and mind and see what is “under the bed” evaluate what we are thinking about daily. We need to ask God to CLEANSE are Heart and RENEW are Mind.

  12. We are so blessed to have a God who creates a clean heart in us. Even if we fool everyone around us, God still sees all the junk in our hearts and lives, yet He still demonstrates His love for us by the renewal He brings. There is no way to hide any sin in our lives from God, yet there is also no way to hide from the love and blessings He gives us in our sanctification. It is so encouraging to know that that is the God who creates the clean heart we need.

  13. I have a tendency to pretend like nothing sinful is going on inside my head when, in reality, I think of rude remarks all the time. I often fool myself into believing that if no one else knows what’s going on inside my head, it doesn’t matter. God knows, though, and that really burdens me…as it should. It’s really comforting to know that I’m not alone in cleaning up the messes I make.

    • Yes, God the Father is right there to help us clean up! I love the way you worded your thoughts…I can most certainly relate. Kacy, you are a joy to have in class and i look forward to this school year! See ya tomorrow 🙂

  14. Sinning distances us from God and repeated, hidden sin distances us from God farther. However knowing that God wants to forgive us and wants us only to confess to Him and ask for forgiveness in encouraging.

    • Your comment reminds me of some thoughts and reflections out of CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity….Will, you are a blessing to have in class…You are a leader…and I appreciate your listening ear today…Your Friend Mr. M 🙂

  15. we always seem to strive for perfection, but somehow no matter what happens, we end up always failing. God is everywhere, He is always watching and even if we try to hide from him, we will not get very far.

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