Iniquity begins in the heart. You can’t see it with the naked eye, but you can feel it. Its presence is strong and convicting. But when ignored & unchecked, it can be a very dangerous thing. You might ask, “What is iniquity?” Webster Dictionary describes it as the lack of righteousness, wickedness, and unjust acts.
Unfortunately, many professing Christians mess up here…even some of the strongest ones like teachers, preachers, and evangelists. Yet, from the smallest to the greatest, we all have to acknowledge the presence of sin and conviction in our lives. Whether it’s thoughts or heart issues of committing adultery, lying, stealing, hurting someone, slander, gossip, pornography, homosexuality, cheating, or going somewhere you know you shouldn’t go, or doing something you know personally or biblically is wrong, etc… it starts in the heart and mind. And if you continue to entertain any of those thoughts (or thoughts that you're having), if left unchecked, these things can become active in your life causing both spiritual and natural havoc! Consequently, on top of it all, people could end up getting hurt…including you.
As Christians, the Lord is serious about this very important matter. In the end, if our convictions continue to be ignored, unchecked, and we give into the temptations, we can be ensnared by the enemy…forever.
Food for thought this week…Check iniquity at the door and choose to cast down any negative and unholy thoughts and continue to live a pure and blameless life until Jesus returns. Turn loose any iniquity as soon as you sense its ugly presence. Also know this, if you have given into temptation and ignored your convictions, quickly repent and ask God’s forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The key word is “Confess.” Please don’t take His grace and mercy for granted. Remember, God sees us from the inside out (behind closed doors, after church, in our minds, home, and hearts), and everything that is done in the dark will be exposed by the light eventually (Ephesians 5:13). So let’s be delivered TODAY.
Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s get ready from the Inside Out!
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