The Mystery of Suffering Part 2


“Breaking Through the Thick Shield of our Hypocrisy”

          Almost every Christian has a dark past; a period of time where darkness seemed to take over. Yet, they found Jesus. It would seem that the Body of Christ is almost tolerant of those sins. As a matter of fact, if the sins were extremely dreadful, they would serve as a great testimony. People are willing to hear your testimony and many are open to tell their stories, write books about them; share them through preaching, interviews, etc. However, after coming to the feet of Jesus, there exists a sense that you are suppose to be perfect.

            The expectation of many Christians is that all of the issues faced are automatically resolved the day they were born again. This kind of illusion creates an environment where people are not allowed to be transparent; it is almost like the system itself encourages Christians to hide their dark side.

“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” (Galatians 5:17) 

There is a great conflict taking place in the inside of each Christian; perhaps we are all bipolar. The only way to overcome the flesh is by walking in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 tells us, I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  Only by the Spirit, by us surrendering to the Spirit of God, can we have victory over the flesh; there is no other way. The problem is that we are not always walking in the Spirit as our flesh manifests sturdily. We still have thoughts and emotions racing in our hearts that are bluntly waiting to be exposed. God wants to change us from the inside out and many of us have developed into experts in faking outer behavior changes without true inner change. We have developed a very thick shield of hypocrisy designed to cover who we really are in our secret places.

             We all need to change; we are the ones with the problem, not God. Deuteronomy 8:2 tells us:

“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” 

             In this verse, God led the children of Israel into the desert, among other reasons, to test them so that they may be able to see what was in their hearts. God is All-Knowing; this process of facing the desert is not for Him to know our hearts; He already knows (1 Samuel 16:7). Sooner or later, we will all have to face the heat of the desert; it is in that heat of the day and that cold of the night that the junk in us be exposed as we become broken. I have discovered that when we are faced with the reality of our hearts; there are three basic responses:

  1. Denial: These people view themselves as having no great issues. They are “quick to try to remove the mote out of other’s eyes, but are unable to see the beam in their own.” Their issues are obvious, but sincerely, they can’t see them.
  2. Covering-up: This group is more concerned about what men has to say than about what God has to say. This group is more into pleasing men over trusting God.
  3. Desiring to be Liberated: This group sees the mess in their hearts and are crying out before God. This group doesn’t care about who knows or who doesn’t; what people may think or say. This group has not arrived to glory, but they understand that they must die to themselves and surrender to God on a daily basis.

 

Which group best represents you? If you are in the first group; you probably did not even finish reading this article. If you are in the second group, I hope that this article has been an eye opener, so that you may go after God and allow Him to do the work in your heart. What you are doing in the dark will come out to the light; don’t wait until you get caught. The majority of the people are in the first two groups. We must remember that out of all the people that came out of Egypt with Moses, only two made it to the promise land.

             There is so much being said in our local churches, on radio stations, on TV, through books, magazines and countless articles around the world. However, I strongly feel that at this hour, above all the things we consider important; there is nothing more important after worshiping God than to die to self. This is not about winning souls for Jesus; this is not about material prosperity, community charities, and the size of our buildings or the building of our personal ministries. God is after your heart. In the heat of the desert, He is breaking through the thick shield of our hypocrisy.