The Slippery Slope - What Happens when we Hide Our Sins from the Light
I gave my life to Jesus at the age of 15, and truly dove in head-first, desiring to follow him and truly be “on fire” for God. However, there was a sin issue in my life I felt “real” Christians didn’t struggle with, one that left me paralyzed at times with fear and shame. I decided the best thing to do was keep that area of my life in the dark, waiting for the day when I would finally conquer that sin and prove I was a true believer.
I didn’t realize the darkness was the place where hidden sins are given power to fester and grow. I started dipping my toe into the waters of temptation, believing that maybe if I just had a taste of that thing I desired the smoldering embers would be snuffed out. Of course the opposite was true - every forbidden taste just poured gasoline on the flames until one day at the age of 22, dejected and defeated, I gave up the fight and walked away from Jesus at the same time.
Thankfully he never walked away from me - but my soul still bears the scars from that time of living in the darkness. Sin is serious; pride often makes us foolishly believe we can handle things on our own and fix up our lives so that no one needs to know our deepest, darkest secrets. Sadly the “Dutch fronts” we attempt to prop up can lead to destruction; I saw it happen in my own life first-hand.
So what do we do? How do we deal with sin and temptation in a way that leads to life? Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries takes this issue head-on today in her devotional titled “The Slippery Slope.” Her warning - Doing things in secret can be an indication we are being led by Satan. Her advice?
If you're keeping secrets today, bring them out into the light:
• Find a trusted Christian friend and ask them to help you hold your choices up to the truth.
• Get honest with people who love you.
• Build accountability measures in your life.
• Ask Jesus for help, forgiveness, and a clear understanding of how to hit the brakes and throw things in reverse. Let His truth speak louder than the feelings that are begging you to keep things hidden. Like the end of verse 18 says, "begin real living by believing in me."
As someone who has walked this path, I couldn’t agree more. Don’t let the enemies lies keep you hidden in shame in the dark; overcome temptation and sin - walk in the light.