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The Peril Of "Covering Up"

Sin Confession Spiritual Health

Source: Houston Chronicle, Brian Rogers, Published October 27, 2008

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Isaiah 29:15 ; Numbers 32:23

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Misty Ann Weaver made a tragic decision.  The Houston-area licensed vocational nurse is charged in the burning death of three people after she started a fire in her six-story office building.  She started the fire because she was behind on an audit for her plastic surgeon boss, and she feared being fired.  She hoped the fire would buy more time.  Obviously, her actions had unintended consequences.

APPLICATION

Ms. Weaver is an extreme example of the tendency to try and avoid consequences by resorting to sin to “cover up” a shortcoming or failure.  While few of us will wind up facing three felony murder counts, we are all tempted to “cover up” in this way.  When we fail to study for a test, we may resort to cheating to “cover up” that fact.  When we have a low self-image, we may resort to gossip or backbiting to “cover up” perceived flaws about ourselves.  When we are afraid of negative consequences for not meeting some responsibility or expectation, we may turn to lying to “cover up” that inadequacy.   The irony is seen in that the “cover up” inevitably puts us in greater spiritual trouble than before we engaged in it.

We may “cover up” for fear of the disapproval of others, out of embarrassment or shame, or out of concern for certain repercussions.   Yet, to turn to sin to shield ourselves from the ramifications of our actions is to compound the problem.  Let us have the courage to face God and man, to provide things honest in the sight of all men (cf. Romans 12:17). 

Israel was warned about the danger of adding sin to sin (Isaiah 30:1).  It is strength of character to do our best in our every endeavor, but it is also strength of character, when we have failed to so do, to courageously, honestly “face the music.”  

"Woe to those who dig deep to hide their plans from the LORD. In darkness they do their works and say, "Who sees us, and who will know?" (Isaiah 29:15). 

Standing Before the Highest Judge

Sin Confession Justice

Source: "Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German court" published Reuters, Detmold, Germany By Elke Ahlswede. February 11, 2016.

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Contributed By: Barry Fowler | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Luke 12:2 ; Numbers 32:23

Author: Barry Fowler
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ILLUSTRATION

You can’t hide. Your sin will find you out!

Reuters reports:

A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members during the Holocaust, calmly recalled the camp's horrors and when he had finished he directly addressed the accused, Reinhold Hanning, also 94, on the first day of his trial.

"I want to know why millions of Jews were killed and here we both are," Schwarzbaum said, his voice beginning to tremble.

"Soon we will both stand in front of the highest judge - tell everyone here what happened, the way I've done just now!"… More witnesses are expected to testify in the trial, which is expected to go on until the end of May.

 

APPLICATION

We tend to think that we can have secret sins that no one will ever know about.  The problem is, there is no such thing as a secret sin.  Our “secret sins” done in the darkness and hidden from others will one day be displayed in the daylight and shouted from the rooftops (Luke 12:2-5, NIV).  You can be assured that “your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:20-23, NIV).

You may wait many years before your sin surfaces. You may be ninety-four years old when this happens. You may have to face the people you’ve hurt and give an answer for your sin.  You may have to come before a judge or jury. 

Of course it is possible that your sin will never be put on trial, like Reinhold Hanning.  But think of the guilt and shame this man has carried for 74 years.  Even if you are spared public scrutiny for your sins, know this--one day we all will have to face the “highest judge” and give an account for our sin. And this judge cannot be mocked. We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-8).

It is always best to take Schwarzbaum’s advice:  “Tell everyone here what happened," for one day "we will [all] stand in front of the highest judge.”

An Unlikely Rescue

Adversity Salvation Confession

Source: Decision Magazine

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2014-06-02

Scripture: Romans 10:9

Author: Walter A Maier/Ilustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A shipwrecked man managed to reach an uninhabited island. There, to protect himself against the elements and to safeguard the few possessions he had salvaged, he painstakingly built a little hut from which he constantly and prayerfully scanned the horizon for the approach of a ship.

Returning one evening after a search for food, he was terrified to find the hut completely enveloped in flames. Yet by divine mercy this hard affliction was changed into a mighty advantage. Early the following morning he awoke to find a ship anchored off the island. When the captain stepped ashore, he explained, “We saw your smoke signal and came.” 

Everything the marooned man owned had to be destroyed for him to be rescued!

APPLICATION

The process of experiencing salvation can be very similar. Confession and repentance feel like giving up things that are precious to us. But the reality is all we give up is being shipwrecked, marooned and impoverished. 

"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).

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Contributed By: James David Pedida | Date Posted: 2014-02-27

Author: Sharon Holt
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Contributed By: James Younis | Date Posted: 2013-11-19

Scripture: Jeremiah 2:22 ; John 13:8

Author: James Younis
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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-08

Scripture: Matthew 9:12

Author: C.S. Lewis
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Dad Just Wanted Me to Come to Him

Prayer Confession Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-09

Author: Stephanie Lindsell
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Approach The Bench As A Child

Confession God's Judgment Mercy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-28

Scripture: John 1:12 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Charles Spurgeon
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Confession Honesty Forgiveness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-24

Scripture: Psalms 51:4

Author: Harry J. Enten
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Stealing More Than Stuff

Confession Forgiveness Respect

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: Matthew 5:23

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