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SECRET SINS

Posted by Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles on August 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Da. 2:22,28

WELCOME TO DR. CARLOTTA'S COUNSELING CENTER.

One of the reasons why Christians need the Holy Spirit to deal with their heart is because of secret sins. These are the hidden sins that we commit in our thought life, bad attitudes or wrong motives that no one really knows about Da. 2:22,28. Man has desired to hid his sins and faults, but the Father shines the light of the Holy Spirit on these areas so that we will deal with them.

 

This is for our own good. It may not feel that way at times because conviction makes the flesh uncomfortable. Secret sins have caused the fall of many leaders in the Bible and in out time. When there is no repentance of hidden sins, lives and ministries will fall apart. God does not initially expose these sins, but deals with the human heart individually. However, if the individual does not repent of the hidden sin, it will not be hidden forever.

 

God will allow it to be exposed. We need to keep the fruit of repentance in out lives. Ps. 19:12; Ps. 51:6; Ps. 32:3, 5. The Tragedy of Our Secret Sins. Saul had a good start, with excellent attributes. However, God knew that he would not last. He knew his character would not stand the pressure of being king of Israel. I Samuel 10 the beginning, soulish the- sin, I Samuel 31 "the ending." Anointed King vs.1, Strong, mighty man vs.6, Great warrior, "the beginning." Independent spirit- sin, Stripped of Kingdom, Tried to murder David, Sought after witchcraft Humble Heart vs. 9, 22 committed suicide "the ending."

 

David was known as a man after God's own heart. Yet, there were problems with secret sins. David had things on the inside that others did not know about, not even Samuel. 1 Samuel 17 Anointed King, Mighty warrior, Musician of the Lord, Faithful, Loyal Great Leader, Built Tabernacle of David, "the beginning." Lust-sin. 2 Samuel 11, Ps. 32 & 51, Disloyal to his men, Committed adultery, Committed murder, Tried to cover his sins, Brought judgement to his whole family, "the ending."

Solomon was the promised king to follow David. He had been given by God the responsibility of carrying out the dream of God in David of building a Temple that matched as close as humanly possible the greatness of God. II Chr. 1;7-12 "the beginning," Sin-Proud, I Kings 11, Ecl. 1, the ending. Anointed King the beginning, Sin-greedy, Turned his heart from God "the ending."

 

These leaders were successful at the beginning of their ministries, but experienced shame and disgrace in their lives. These men were the anointed by God and had good qualities. But there were reasons why these men suffered heartache and fell short of their potential.

 

They had character flaws that were never dealt with. These flaws surfaced later in life to destroy the ministry God had placed them in. They fell into sin and fell away from God.

 

Sometimes when we are extremely blessed and the blessings of God seem to be rolling in, we let our guard down and the enemy sets traps for us. Also, we step out with God and we never fully deal with our character flaws. Always remember that God is more interested in character than ministry, but without character, ministry does not last. The way that God deals with us is through His Word, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit II Ti. 3:16-17; He. 12:7-11.

 

We should have within us a desire for holiness and allow God to purify us. The golden candlestick that was used

Humble person of prayer "the beginning," Sin-wrong-values, Worshipped idols "the ending." Temple builder, "the beginning." Sin- self-confidence, Vain philosophy, "the ending." The greatest kingdom, The greatest wisdom, The greatest wealth, "the beginning." Sinned in the sight of God, His kingdom taken away, Sought to kill Jereboam, "the ending."

 

Author of 3,000 proverbs, Author of 10,005 songs, including Songs of Solomon.

Samson was a man endowed with strength for a purpose. He was a judge of Israel and a deliverer. But, his strength did not serve him well when pressure cam because of his promiscuity. His hidden sin brought destruction to himself. Judge 14-16, "the beginning."

 

Judge 16:20-27, "the ending. Dedicated to God, "the beginning." Sin-Lust, Deceived by a woman, "the ending." Great Warrior, "the beginning," Sin-gultible, Lost dedication to God, " the ending." Exceedingly strong, "the beginning," Had eyes put out, "the ending." man of faith, "the beginning," Left by the Lord, "the ending." Killed a Lion, "the beginning," Mocked and ridiculed, "the ending," Killed 30 Philistines, "the beginning," Never fulfilled potential, "the ending," Killed 10,000 soldiers, "the beginning," Lost his anointing, "the ending," Broke strong bonds, Carried off the gates of Gaza, "the beginning."

 

Gideon was unassuming. He saw himself as a weak man of the weakest tribe. He did not see himself as the powerful hero that the Angel of the Lord saw him as. Yet, secret sin caused his downfall. Judges 6-8 "the beginning." Judges 8, "the ending." Chosen by God, "the beginning." Sin-Power and greed, Rejected by God, "the ending." Has angels visit him, "the beginning." Made an idol, "the ending." Hated idols, "the beginning." Caused Israel to sin, "the ending." Great believer, "the beginning." Became a stumbling stone, "the ending." Great man of faith, "the beginning." His good ruined by his evil, "the ending."

 

These leaders were successful at the beginning of their ministries, but experience shame and disgrace in their lives. These men were the anointed by God and had good qualities. But there were reasons why these men suffered heartache and fell short of their potential. They had character flaws that were never dealt with. These flaws surfaced later in life to destroy the ministry God had placed them in. They fell into sin and fell away from God.

 

Sometimes when we are extremely blessed and the blessings of God seems to be rolling in, we let our guard down and the enemy sets traps for us. Also, we step out with od and we never fully deal with our character flaws. Always remember that God is more interested in character than ministry, but without character, ministry does not last. The way that God deal with us is through His Word, and conviction of the Holy Spirit. II Ti. 3:16-17; He. 12:7-11.

 

We should have within us a desire for holiness, and allow God to purify us. The golden candlestick that was used in the Tabernacle is a good illustration for us. The golden candlestick was made from one single piece of beaten work. This candlestick was purified by fire and fashioned into a vessel of honor. It became a vessel of light in the Tabernacle and held the Holy Anointing Oil that was poured into a bowl at the top.

 

God has a place of fire to burn out the dross for each Christian if we do not resist His gentle correction. We must be confident that God will produce a beautiful work in due season if we faint not. Php. 1:6.

 

Those who not keep their sensitivity to the Will of god will soon loose their integrity, grow callous and end up in error. Paul had someone who left the ministry team. The name Demas was mentioned with Luke Co. 4:14. Paul thought enough of Demas to list him in this letter. But we find that later Demas left Paul and went to Thessalonica II Ti. 4:10.

 

This happened while Paul was in prison, but Paul states that Demas left because he loved this present world. Demas was too closely connected to the world. He did not cut off the secret things that would eventually destroy him. Paul spoke highly of a man in Philippi named Epaphroditus. He was, respected and appreciated by the Philippians and Paul. he was entrusted with their sacrificial gift to Paul. He was a faithful minister with Paul, and he was faithful and committed to his ministry and fellow Christians.

 

Paul even said to "hold men like him in high esteem or regard." v. 20 Epaphroditus remained faithful to the ministry even in the midst of physical sickness. When circumstances get tough and stressful, will we be like Demas or Ephaphroditus? The life of a Christian is not always easy, and in the midst of trials we find out what is really in us. We can count it all joy when trials come our way and we can grow and develop in them. Ja. 1:2,3. AMEN!

 

If you haven't accepted Christ as your Savior simply say in an audible voice, in all sincerity from the depths of your heart, "Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sins and accept me as Your child. I accept You as my personal Savior and I promise to follow the instructions of Your Word from this day on. If I fail because I am human, please help pick me up so I can try again! Thank you, Jesus, for saving me from all my sins. AMEN."

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Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
9:46 PM on December 26, 2011 
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James A Watkins

Thank you for this powerful missive, Sister. It is a fitting reprove for me. I do need to hit those knees.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
9:48 PM on December 26, 2011 
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ama83

You have good points in this hub. Just because others do not know our sins, God still sees everything. We tend to forget that we will still be punished for our sins, regardless of whether other people know of them or not.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
9:50 PM on December 26, 2011 
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DeBorrah K. Ogans

DR PastorCarlotta, Thought provoking introspective expository address; much to ponder here! I think it is very important to confront any sin in our lives... Keeping in mind that the Lord really does KNOW everything! His Holy Spirit is present to ?guide us to All TRUTH?? This is why we must daily ask the Lord to fill us with His Holy Spirit and diligently seek HIM for direction forward and ask the Lord to sharpen our discernment! ?God will never leave nor forsake us!? There are times when we must ?BE STILL and KNOW.? We must also readily and humbly submit to His will and way! GOD truly is FAITHFUL! Thank GOD for JESUS!!!

You are right about the enemy setting traps..."Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil...

In God there is no darkness! God is able to KEEP you from falling. More and more ways of the world is filtering into the organized Church and the Word of God is being compromised and used to justify ungodliness... As you well stated "The life of a Christian is not always easy, and in the midst of trials we find out what is really in us. We can count it all joy when trials come our way and we can grow and develop in them. Ja. 1:2,3. AMEN? Amen & AMEN! PRAISE GOD! As Jude says we must ?Contend for the FAITH? and draw closer to the LORD! We must not condone sin in ourselves or anyone else even it means being misunderstood! "Redemptive Confrontation" is very important! GOD KNOWS our hearts! There is nothing that is hidden or secret to the LORD! Thank you for this most compelling contemplative lecture! In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
9:51 PM on December 26, 2011 
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no body

It is so much more important to finish well, dear sister. I am not what I could be but thank God I am not what I was. God has blessed me despite me. He has loved this man because He knows my heart and how I am resolved not to dwell in sin. Though I fall, though I fall, I shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds me in His hand. To walk a life where, if God were to write it in a book, and were to say, "He walked with God." That is what I strive for. But I have failed that over and over. I keep getting up, dusting myself off and starting in again. God has somehow not just taken me home but has kept on blessing. I love Him for His grace, His mercy, His love. I love Him for His gift of family in Christ. I love Him for you Lottie.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:09 PM on December 26, 2011 
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samsons1

voted up & beautiful! very well written,detailed and concise--

Some Christian forget the secret sins of omission are just as wrong as the sins of co mission...
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:10 PM on December 26, 2011 
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allpurposeguru

Secret sins can be secret even from ourselves, which doesn't make them any less deadly. David probably never thought of himself as a treacherous liar, but the signs are there from the time he fled Saul and lied to the priest at Nob.

I don't like to pray, as he did, "search me and know me," because my flesh doesn't want to know about my secret sins. Thanks be to God who cleanses us all through the blood of Jesus.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:15 PM on December 26, 2011 
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always exploring

I have often wondered about the great men of the bible, why God chose them, he must have looked inside the heart, and it,s a lesson to us that none is perfect. I know when i do or have a thought that is wrong, i know it immediately. Thank you so much for your words of truth.

Love and Peace
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:16 PM on December 26, 2011 
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DiamondRN

One message for me here is that God can use anyone; no matter how talented they either are or aren't.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:21 PM on December 26, 2011 
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fred allen

It's hard to take the mask off. It's easier to pretend we are something we are not. To avoid the humiliation the truth brings. God help us. Naked and exposed is better for us than hiding in the garden behind a fig leaf.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:30 PM on December 26, 2011 
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Marliza Gunter

Yes...secret sins are in my opinion the most dangerous sins...for it is those hidden sins in the core of a person that could easily throw any Christian off track of the true meaning and value of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...God once told me that the sin of not having faith in Him is by far worse than any other sin I could fall prey to...because, once my faith in God is twisted or even worse, shattered, then I will be on a wrong path that leads to destruction and inner fear...

It is not because God hates us with secret sins, no, most important, God knows the dangers spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially we can get into. If He forgave us while we were yet still sinners, how much more does He only wish to protect and bless us now...

Many many blessing to you...!! :)
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:32 PM on December 26, 2011 
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Loves To Read

Great Biblical truths sister Carlotta. There is not one of us without sin. But praise be to God that His mercies are new every morning. He knows every fibre of our being. He already knows our secret sins but we sometimes need some prompting from the Holy Spirit to bring them out in the open and deal with them so that we can keep moving forward. Oh what a mighty God we serve. Great hub.

Love and Peace.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:33 PM on December 26, 2011 
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50 Caliber Level

Carlotta, again many Biblical truths and references for one to study, I thank you for presenting them so well, 50
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:35 PM on December 26, 2011 
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A M Werner

dr, this is exactly why there is none good and no one is justified by their works. The secret motivations and thoughts which only the Lord can see and discern are all too often very much human and very much sinful. Our imagination is continuously evil although our deeds might seem to be great. On a personal, individual level we must becareful of the accolades and praise of others because we can develop a heightened sense of righteousness in ourselves. We can begin to think we are all that "and a bag of chips." Humility wins when despite any accolades and praise, we know and acknoledge the truth about ourselves. Amen! Peace.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:38 PM on December 26, 2011 
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RevLady

Great hub and one worthy of serious contemplation. One of the great gifts of salvation in Christ Jesus is in knowing that His blood has covered even our secret sins (sins we commit without being consciously aware).

Love my sister,

Forever His,
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:41 PM on December 26, 2011 
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drcrischasse

As always inspiring. I ask myself if my heart is full of love and the look on my sons faces always makes me feel like it is.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:44 PM on December 26, 2011 
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v_kahleranderson

A wonderful hub, in that it serves to remind us to always be on guard. And you are so correct, Pastor Carlotta, that we are grateful at first for the blessings God bestows in our lives, or when he rescues us from trouble, but it doesn't take long for us to forget. With shame I, too, am guilty of this.

God bless you, Pastor, and keep you writing His word, always!
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:49 PM on December 26, 2011 
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Don Simkovich

Pastor Carlotta,

thanks for sharing this so clearly and in so much depth.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:51 PM on December 26, 2011 
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kingkhan78

great job dear Your article is very informative o keep it
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:52 PM on December 26, 2011 
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exjwlaurie 16 months ago

This is an excellent hub Pastor Carlotta! Very well written and quite thought provoking.

It is comforting in a way, to see the many examples in the Bible, as you have used as illustrations to make your point. Men who had been gifted much by God!

1 Co 10:12-13; "So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man."

Satan has nothing "new" to throw at us, and even the most dearly loved and used by God have fallen into sin. Look at King David--and he was so beloved by God!

There is not ONE who is sinless, but we have an intercessor to plead for us with the Father, our only Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus! Job 16:19-21

Thank you for this timely and inspired hub!
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:54 PM on December 26, 2011 
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Segun Tewogbola

Great truth. I believe we share the same idea. Check some of my hubs to confirm.