“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
Psalms 139:7-12 NKJV
When I first began this walk of faith, a babe in salvation, I thought I could hide my sin from God. I went about my life thinking that I could put all the thoughts, all the deeds, all the things I fantasized of doing into a little, locked compartment into which God could not look.
All the while I fancied myself a good little boy in the Lord, pious, holy and the Lord was none the wiser. I thought I was running a fast one on the King of the Universe, but in reality what I thought was hidden, was in plain sight in the eyes of God.
As I have matured in the faith, I have come to realize that nothing is hidden from God, and the sins that we hold as secret, are like undiagnosed cancers that eat away at us and disable our ability to live as Christians. I came to understand God’s ability to see all of me, the more I read the Scriptures. The word of God has the tendency to inform on the reader, and it has the power to convert the soul of even the most wretched sinner.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Reading Psalm one hundred and thirty nine is a constant reminder that my God knows me far better than I will ever know Him, and that His Spirit is in me, constantly informing on me. I cannot escape from the Lord, for He is always with me, always in me, and as I surrender to His will, He guides me.
The constant conscious presence of God is of great comfort in these uncertain times, for no matter what I may have to endure, I know that the Lord is with me. If I walk through the fire, He is there, if I walk through the flood, He is there. He will welcome me into glory one day when I have finished my course.
“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV
“You are mine.”
As I have walked through this world, never having a place I belonged, rejected by blacks as too white, rejected by whites as uncomfortably not black enough, I have found the greatest peace as I have come to know that I have my identity solely in Jesus. The Lord showed me great mercy.
Brothers and sisters, our great God knew us when we were yet sinners. Yet He saved us. He knows our inward parts, are darkened spaces that we have yet yield to Him. Let us seek Him in HIs word, allowing it to search us.
If you think that Jesus is not aware of your sin, know this: He knows.
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
Psalms 139:1-6 NKJV
In these last days, let us be a people ordained by God to bring the message of Jesus to a sick and dying world. Let us go forth with the understanding the Lord is in us and guiding us. Let us put aside all the hidden sins, which are really not hidden. May we be pure and holy, for our world is increasingly anything but.
We are seeing a multitude of signs that the Lord is competing the work. There is little time left.
I have discovered that there is no greater peace than when I come clean with God and admit my sins. I agree with Him, which is what confessing is, for the Lord is the ultimate prosecutor, and He knows our case from the end to the beginning.
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah”
Psalms 32:1-5 NKJV
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