Your Blind Side

January 26, 2012

Hebrews 3:12-14
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

Your Blind Side

We all have a blind side.  A side that we often don’t see clearly as it ought to be seen,  A side that is often skewed by the deceitfulness of our own heart and passions.  Jeremiah 17:7 says, “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  We all have our areas of weakness, of passions, of sin, of impure thoughts or desires and lust.  Where we lose our way is when begin to yield by rationalizing and justifying our actions.  Soon our hearts become hardened, our conscience ceases to affect us as it should and we succumb to the deceitfulness of sin.  No one is alone in this matter we are all prone to it.   The enemy always looks for our areas of weakness and that varies with every person, but the motive is the same, it is to deceive our hearts and bring us into the consequences of our sin that is often more far reaching than we can ever imagine.
How do we guard ourselves from this deceitfulness?  There are several ways.  One is by walking in the light and doing nothing in darkness or that we have to hide from others.  1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in  the light, as he is in the  light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  Another is to make ourselves accountable to other godly men and women. We often want to surround ourselves with like-mannered men or women that help us in justifying our sin or whom we involve in our sin, further hardening our hearts.  Proverbs 27:6 reminds us who our true friends are and are not, ” Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.”  If we are friends then we watch one another’s backs, helping and correcting one another in love, because we know that we all have blind sides.  We are not out to judge one another, but as verse 13 of Hebrews 3  says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  We are here for one another’s encouragement, edification and exhortation.  We are our brother’s keeper.  We help protect and be the spiritual eyes for one another.  It is always so much easier to see the weaknesses and faults in others than it is to see them in ourselves.  Even in our marriages we think if only my spouse would change in these areas our marriage would be great.  The reality of the change is often what you don’t see that needs to be changed in you.  It is our blind side.  We don’t need brothers and sister that just come to us in condemnation. “Let him who is without sin throw the first stone.”  No, we all have blinds sides and we need the love and humility of Jesus to confront one another in love and share the truth.  Often times it is our spouse, if we are willing to hear, that will be that voice of the Lord speaking correction and direction into our lives.  Again, we can continue to harden our hearts or submit to the Holy Spirit that is quite likely speaking through them.  Just remember as you are that instrument of correction the reminder we have in Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  It is not your condemnation, but your love that will restore your brother or your sister.  We all have our blinds sides, so in the love of Christ let us watch over one another that none of us fall into unbelieving hearts that turn from the living God.  “We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”  We share by watching over one another and protecting one another from the deceitfulness of sin.  Galatians 6:1 gives us this instruction, ” Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”  Watch your blind side and from the love and meekness of Christ help your brother or sister watch theirs.
“Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)”


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