Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Where Can You Hide The Ice Cream?

If you’re one of my faithful readers you’ll remember a story a few weeks back about my friends and me sneaking out of the house in high school. Again, not condoning sneaking out, but this makes for a great illustration. I guess you can call this blog part two. There was one night in particular that we snuck out and met up with another group of friends. I really think that it was more about if we could do it, not what we were going to do once we managed to sneak out of our perspective houses. I grew up in a small town and after a certain time there are very few things open. So the plan was that we were all going to sneak out and go eat at Denny’s. In our high school minds this made sense at the time. But shockingly Denny’s was the place to go at 2 in the morning. We drove by the parking lot and it was packed. So having very few options, we opted to go to a Meijer’s. Those of you who have never heard of Meijer’s it’s like a Wal-Mart and it’s open 24 hours. This was when my friends and I were feeling a bit defeated. We’re walking around Meijer’s at 2 in the morning trying to figure out what there is to do. Eventually we bought ice cream and all split it in the back of another friend’s car. The problem didn’t occur to us until we were dropped back off at my parents’ house. . . What were we supposed to do with the rest of the ice cream in the carton? We couldn’t eat it all. We’d have left it in the back of the friends SUV had we thought about it, so he could get rid of it. We stood out in front of my parents house thinking. . .now what do we do. Having grown up in the North, it is not uncommon during the winter months for people to leave milk and such outside because it’s below freezing. So, one of my friends, threw the carton of ice cream underneath a big pine tree in my parents’ front yard. In the morning we snuck it into an outside freezer. .. But then there was proof against our excursion. I was never good at hiding evidence.

Many times we all treat sin like my friends and I treated that carton of ice cream. We think we can just stash it somewhere and get away with it. We try to hide it. We move it around, but nothing is going to work until we get rid of it. Somehow actually getting rid of the ice cream never crossed my mind. Often times people think the same about sin. They don’t think of getting rid of it, instead they just keep trying to stash the evidence places. The only way to get rid of sin, is by confessing and pleading the blood of Jesus over it. Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and what you’re trying to hide has a way of coming out.

Mark 4:22 (NIV) says, “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” Meaning? So many people try to hide their sin. They have this concept that they can just keep it hidden and no one will know. They choose not to deal with it. But eventually if it’s not dealt with, it will come out in the open.

Ever wonder why sadly too many men and women of God end up falling into some horrible sinful life style. I can think of countless people I either know or have heard of that have fallen. Why, so often times these people have sin and issues in their lives and keep refusing to deal with it. If you don’t deal with it between yourself and God it will eventually come out in the open.

In Luke 3:16-17 in the Message Bible John the Baptist says this about the Holy Spirit, “ But John intervened:’ I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house-make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

The Holy Spirit has a desire to reveal to you the hidden sins in your life. Stop thinking that you can keep going on hiding it. You might be fooling everyone around you, but you don’t fool God. He sees those hidden things, and He still loves you. He wants you to just admit them. Repent and move on with your life.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” It’s time to deal with those “hidden things” in your life. That sin, just like the ice cream wouldn’t have stayed under that tree forever. Eventually the seasons would change, and it would start melting and stinking and rotting. Please in this day and in this hour confess what you’re hiding, repent, and move on with your life. God loves you. God loves you no matter what it is, and he wants you past this issue.

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