When I was a little girl, I loved sharing a secret! Along with my best friend, Laura, we sought out things we could confide in each other. If I knew a secret to share, it probably involved anything we wanted to keep to ourselves about our play time. If she knew a secret, it usually was about one of her sisters. We both had sisters we loved keeping information from and even letting them know that they “weren’t in the know” was powerful. We didn’t delve into matters of state, just matters of family.
But some secrets aren’t OK to keep. Keeping silent about wrongdoing or knowing something could harm another are secrets not to keep. In the same way, secret sins should never remain fully concealed. Secret thoughts and activities that you cannot share with another are only spiritual traps for your soul. God tells us in His Word that every hidden thing will be brought to the Light, His Light that makes darkness run.
For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor secret that shall not be known and come into open view. (Luke 8:17 TLV)
Hidden things will always come out into the open. Secret things will come to light and be exposed. (Luke 8:17 Voice)
While we may not like this very much because we don’t want to confess everything we’ve done, are doing, or the secret problems that beset us, this spiritual principle is for our benefit. This doesn’t mean that God wants to parade your sinful self to the world in order to shame you, but that He wants to bring into the light what you are trying to hide in order for you to be freed from its grip! The shame that comes from hiding something can fill your heart and mind and bring chaos to your thoughts. The false comfort you may receive from your secret is really bondage in disguise. The only way to nullify the strength of a secret is to tell it!
You’re invited by God to bring those secret things into the warm light of His forgiving love, confess them, and be cleansed and freed of them. Unconditionally!
“His love does not waver based on your behavior.”
He laid down His life for you so that you can experience an ever-increasing freedom. Your part then is to stand in truth in such a way that those secret places are now being filled with truth every day. Paul wrote in the letter to the Ephesians about the importance of standing firm on the truth.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10-13 NASB)
Did you notice where the strength to do this standing comes from? “Be strong in the LORD and in the strength of His might.” It is the truth that frees, not our efforts to free ourselves! We are not strong enough to remove our sins, secret or known, but He is. He can work with us to change our wrong beliefs, detrimental thought patterns, and habits that weaken. His truth, when we know it intimately, surely frees every time.
What truth do you need? If you’re unsure, ask God and He will help you. Then develop a system to absorb it: type it up, write it out, post stickie notes about it – everywhere! Put it in the calendar in your phone and read it aloud when you hear the alert! But find a way to get it in. Years ago when I was struggling with my own personal freedom to establish the boundaries I needed in my life, I got a deck of spiral index cards and wrote scriptures and statements of truth on them. I called them my Truth Cards and I read and flip those cards all day long for many months, rehearsing aloud what God said was true for me. That’s a great way to become intimately acquainted with the truth that changes us!
Don’t wait for God to bring your secret into the light, address it with Him now and get to work on filling yourself with the truth you need to be free. Stop allowing feelings of pride or shame to keep you in hiding. Let your uncomfortable state be the motivation needed to choose freedom!
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (of any kind).” (Galatians 5:1)
You were created to prosper as you walk in truth. So when secret things are getting in the way, don’t stop until you have your freedom back! For more help, comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidential Spiritual Life Coaching is available for women ages 16 and up! Get bold! You don’t have to struggle through life alone.
There’s so much grace,
From the desk by the window where the sun is beginning to break through the clouds!
(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, March 16, 2016