Delivering thee from the people… unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins
Some of the most dangerous lies we listen to are the ones we tell ourselves. If you’ve ever felt yourself being pulled into a forbidden but exciting situation, you may know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the script you can end up turning to when you sense red flags, but you want to convince yourself you can handle it. "I'm just having a little fun. This won't ever amount to anything. It just gives me a little something to look forward to." You brush off conviction. You keep secrets from those people you know would call you out. You lie. You pretend.
And you have no idea what a voracious appetite sin has. Sin may seem like no big deal at first. But sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
Yes, sin unleashes consequences that will rob us of our peace, diminish our integrity and cause us pain that’s never worth it. The slippery slope has one major tell-tale sign — things are done in secret. The minute we start hiding things from those who love us, doing things in a sneaky way, lying or telling half-truths, and figuring out ways to cover up evidence of our activities — we're on the slippery slope. And we're headed downhill fast.
Satan is the master of darkness. As long as he can keep us operating in our dark secrets, we are deceived. Oh friend, we need to see the difference between dark and light and choose light. We need to bring our choices out into the light of Jesus so He can expose the truth. Only then can we truly discern the difference between being led by Jesus or deceived by Satan.
Doing things in secret can be an indication we are being led by Satan. That's a strong statement but one worth really considering. Satan keeps dangers off our radar screen and blinds us to the harsh realities coming our way.
• 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.