The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 104

“Search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me…”(Psalm 139:23,24).

The Psalms that David wrote are a clear indication that he was a man after God’s own heart, for ‘out of the abundance of the heart does the mouth speak’. In this Psalm he is asking God to make him sensitive to sin. There is an important lesson for us in this earnest prayer of his and it is this: if we are to begin to deal with sin in our lives, then the starting point is to ask God to examine our hearts.

Our daily prayer should be to ask God to make us sensitive to sin. We live in a world in which biblical moral standards are degraded and ethics are decided by preference and public opinion. We are slowly and subtly being cajoled into the deception that calls sin by another name. Nice-sounding words or phrases deceive the insensitive Christian as to the reality of sin. Today, the ‘extra-marital affair’ replaces adultery, ‘ pre-marital sex’ replaces fornication, and those who indulge in homosexual activities are not only exonerated but also actually encouraged on the grounds of their right to indulge ‘their sexual preference’. Then there is the endorsement of ‘same-sex marriage’ and rearing of children by such couples. The list of abominable practices goes on. I have simply used sexual sins as an example of how the world can make us insensitive to sin. It encourages the attitude that the majority opinion decides what is right, rather than the standards that God has set. Once the knowledge of sin has been taken away or dulled, anything becomes acceptable! A clever scheme by the enemy of our souls!

But Scripture warns us that there must not be even a hint of immorality or impurity in our lives. We are to have no partnership with the ungodly, and have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness. (Eph.5: 3-11). Strong words! We may walk around giving people the impression that everything is okay. But is it? We will never know until we ask God to examine our hearts. Only he can reveal the hints of sin and the deeds of darkness that are lodged within our souls.

You see, what Christians must realize is that true commitment to Christ involves being continually ‘under the surgeon’s knife’. Many are looking for renewal but are really following signs and wonders. The secret of ongoing, continuous renewal is brokenness and repentance. Until we call sin what it is, we will be nothing more than ‘Sunday Christians’, putting on appearances. We need to humbly ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts. Only then can we take seriously the promise, by his grace, in the scripture ‘sin shall not have dominion over you’ (Rom. 6:14).

Pastor Joseph Rodrigues

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