The Hidden Things

April 17, 2013

The Hidden Things

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Blessed is the person who is open and honest with every aspect of their lives. They don’t scheme to conceal in dark hidden places of their hearts, their sin. They simply are what they are, for better or for worse, their life is an open book. It’s not that they are better than anyone else or have any less struggles with sin and self, but they don’t try to hide it behind a facade of religion or spirituality that builds an appearance of one thing, but the motives and deeds of the heart are something else. I believe God honors the person who is open and honest with their lives. The fact that they are willing to put everything out in the open, without hypocrisy, even when it is less than flattering or pretty, keeps them in a place of accountability before God and man. It keeps them from falling into the hidden sins of the heart. They may be more vulnerable to criticisms and the judgements of others, but I believe God honors the honesty and willingness to expose themselves even in their weakness. This is where God wants to bring more of us.
Unfortunately, many of us have our secret lives, our sins, our little dark closets of impurity where we harbor and feed our hidden passions, desires, lusts, addictions and fleshpots. It is not that we all don’t struggle with these things in different areas of our lives, but it is when we shroud them in darkness and hide them from the light that they become dangerous to us and others. In this mindset we compartmentalize our lives into the spiritual and non-spiritual. We begin to rationalize and justify our sin. A very evident example of this is seen a our former president who appeared one way in his public life, but was something else in his private life. The example and warning for us that practice like things is that one day the light is going to come in and expose our sin. We could all see the shame, embarrassment, and tremendous hurt and pain the former president’s sin brought. It not only hurt and soiled this man’s reputation, but also the office and the country it represented. What would the hidden sins of our hearts do to our lives if they were fully exposed today? The light will expose them one day and we will be found out in our shame. The Lord once spoke to me that if we would keep everything out in the light, darkness would have no place to work in us. Is there anything in our lives today that we would be ashamed for others to see? How many Christian ministries and testimonies have been destroyed by hidden sins that the Lord exposed? The Lord showed me that our weakness and propensities toward areas of sin are like beasts. They start off small and cute, but the more we feed them, the bigger and the uglier they grow, until they are beyond our control.
Hidden sin is especially a concern for those who carry the responsibility of others either as parents, ministry or a place of leadership. When we have these areas in our lives we can be removing the umbrella and hedge of spiritual protection that we should be providing through our lives that are in right relationship and purity before God. We could be facing many trials with children, finances, sickness, or other afflictions, because we have opened the door to the enemy through our sin.
This word this morning, is a warning and exhortation from the Lord to deal with these areas of our heart. We can turn a deaf ear as we have in the past or we can heed the loving exhortation and warning of the Lord before it is too late for us to repent and turn from our sin. For the day will come that it will be exposed and we will face the full consequences of what ever it is that we are hiding. The Word says ‘our sin will find us out.’ Let us remember how many times Israel refused to hear and hardened their hearts against the prophets that were sent to warn them to turn away from their sin and the judgements that ensued, because they refused to listen and obey. Believe me, God has been dealing with my own heart in these areas. What you will find is that as you are willing to acknowledge your sin and repent, putting that sin away from you, you will experience a liberation and freedom. You will experience a renewed confidence in your relationship with the Lord. You will be removing the roadblocks to your spiritual blessings and most importantly you will be set free to live the life and ministry that God has called you too. Make yourself accountable to others so that you keep your life in the light. Sometimes these things are bigger than we are and we need the help of others. Go to someone that you can trust and that has the spiritual maturity to help you get free. A true brother or sister in the Lord won’t judge you or condemn you; they will want to help you to be restored, because they know that you could be them. Many times there are groups formed for just such a purpose. We want to restore and help one another in love, so that we can all operate in the unity and oneness of the faith, ministering to one another in the love of Christ. Let us truthfully examine and judge ourselves today, that we be not judged. Let us deal with the hidden sins of our heart.

Blessings,
kent

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Prophecy: The Pursuit of Excellence

Celebrate that you are not lonely. My Spirit is always with you to comfort you, encourage you and sustain you. Step beyond the threshold of your present faith into the realm of unseen and unknown. In that dimension you move fully by faith and reliance upon Me. You a spiritual people with a spiritual dimension and a heavenly calling. Rise above your circumstances and surroundings. Cease seeing the circumstances around you as walls that hem you in. Step into the vehicle of My Spirit and move in that place of the unseen.
Develop your spiritual eyes and tune your spiritual ears, not that you become mystical and strange, but you are to move in a place that is not of this earth or naturally perceived and understood. The pearls that I give you do not cast before swine, for the earthly man in human intellect will not understand or comprehend.
In order to journey with Me you must abide in Me. Pursue My thoughts, My heart, My plan and My will. I can take you places that others never go, but you are not to pursue the experience. You are to pursue Me.
There is much I have to train and impart into My people in this age and time so that they may see how I am moving in this hour in conjunction and unity with their lives. If your eyes and heart are set upon those things that are without, you will miss the deeper dimensions that I desire to lead you into. I am Spirit. Come to know what it is to commune in Spirit and in Truth.
The weak and faint hearted will not pursue Me where I would take you, if you have ears to hear and a sincere heart after Mine. Just as Elisha would not have received the mantle and double portion of Elijah had he allowed himself to be distracted or redirected. As Elijah is a type of My Spirit, your heart will be tested, but allow nothing to detour you or restrain you from your faithful and steadfast walk with me. Where I go and lead, you must go also, although there will be many times and good reasons where you don’t feel you will be able too.
Press in and lay hold with the tenacity of all that I have put within you. Settle for nothing less than My best and My highest. Many have been content to settle along the way and have ceased to press on toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God that is in Christ Jesus. If you want My highest, then be unwilling to settle for the lesser, even though it still looks good and fulfilling. I have called you to pursue My good, acceptable and My perfect will. Anything less than My perfect for you is less than I have called you too. Be ye perfect, even as I am perfect. Your perfection lies in your identity with Me. See yourself as nothing less than what I have called you to be, a partaker of My divine nature.
My provision is there for those who are willing to pursue.

Blessings,
kent

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