Secret Faults & Presumptuous Sins-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Psalms 19:12-14

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,
and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

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Thank you so much for stopping by for our Coffee Hour and what I hope to be the wrap up of our WOW – well maybe not the wrap-up, but certainly the conclusion to the whole presumptuous sins context! Grab your coffee and come on in.

Now that we’ve summed up what the Hebrew translations are for presumptuous, let me share an emphatic truth about presumptuous sins: They more often than not lead to disastrous consequences!

Have you ever done something you knew you shouldn’t and in the end the one that was left stunned was you?

Okay, so let me share an example with you and tell on myself; then it will be your turn to search your heart and who knows, the search may help prevent a disastrous consequence!

So when I was just eleven years old, I remember being so ticked off at my mom; funny thing is I don’t remember what I was mad about. I just remember being really mad, going to her pack of cigarettes and stealing a few and then going into the bathroom to smoke them while taking my nightly bath. I had this arrogant attitude that was just oozing out of my 11-year-old bones and spewing out of my heart. “I’ll fix her,” I thought as I lit up, the smoke blending with the steam of the hot water, or at least I thought it did!

There I was sitting in the tub like I was all that, puffing on a cigarette as if I’d done it my whole life — and inhaling too just like I watched her do!!!! – when all of a sudden the door burst open, and there in the doorway stood my angry mother. “Kimberly Evinda, what in the ^&* are you doing?”

I slammed the cigarette into my bath water, cringing at the loss of my new friend!

“I’m taking a bath,” I replied.
“Are you smoking?” Her veins were nearly popping out of her neck!

“What?” I asked, pretending complete stupidity!

Bam! The door slammed shut and I was left with a drenched cigarette and tobacco floaties in my water! Were there any other consequences? Absodarnlutely! I stayed stuck in that addiction for 38 years under the delusion that it was my companion, my go-to, my coping mechanism for just about every emotion, but especially anger!

Who wound up hurting the most; me or her? Of course it was me!

That’s what a presumptuous sin does: it entices, bates, then captures but often doesn’t release … unless we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cry out to the one Who is able to set us free and lift us up and out of our presumptuous sins. [1st Peter 5:6]

Now let’s get back to David and his secret faults and presumptuous sins. See, King David knew that what he was tempted to do with Bathsheba was a sin against God, but he did it anyway, after bating himself over and over again by going out on the balcony where he could view her in secret!

How often have we, like David, gone ahead and listened to our fleshly desires and sought after something we know we shouldn’t have?

In this case, his presumptuous sin brought a series of painful and tragic consequences; here are just a few with some scripture references: (by the way, if you click on the scripture, it will take you to the actual reference via Bible Gateway!)

  • In order to cover up the first sin, David went further and plotted the murder of Bathsheba’s husband. (2 Sam. 11:14-15)
  • He suffered a very, very long period of painful conviction, which means he was not at peace, which many of the Psalms reflect. (Ps. 32:9-10; 38:1-8; 51:3, 8, 12)
  • He received a stinging rebuke from the prophet Nathan – but I truly believe God used that in the process to repentance. (2 Sam. 12:1-14)
  • He lost his son from that adulterous union. You talk about a life-long reminder! (2 Sam. 12:14-18)
  • It caused others to stumble! Ouch! (2 Sam. 12:14)

There were other consequences, but I’m sure you get the hint! It’s your turn: think of a hurt which developed a habit which is now either a physical, emotional or spiritual hang-up – with the understanding that an unhealthy habit, hurt and/or hang-up can actually harm all three parts of us, physical, emotional/mind and spiritual/soul.

He loves you right where you are, in it or out of it … and longs to turn your hurt, habit and hang-up into healing, to free you from secret faults and presumptuous sins. He’s such a gentleman about it, too. He doesn’t come in with a Shop-Vac and clean it all out at once, at least not for most of us; instead, He who began this good/new work of uprooting those hurts, habits and hang-ups by gently pushing back the soil in the heart to reveal them, will be faithful to complete the process until the time of Christ … [Philippians 1:6] so don’t leave the process!

Join us tomorrow for the promise: to be blameless and innocent of secret faults and presumptuous sins!

In the grip of His grace,

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