“Iniquity Unchecked is a Dangerous Thing” – Don’t Ignore Your Convictions…

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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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About the Author:

Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.


  1. Calvin August 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Awesome! God’s goodness leads men to repentance! Iniquity is more deadly than blatant obvious sins. It’s a slow killer like cancer.

  2. David August 31, 2011 at 12:44 am - Reply

    This is good, we must not ignore God’s plea for us to rid ourselves of those things that hinder intimacy with Him!!!

  3. Tiffany Thomas August 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    That is so real sis! The church needs to hear this in this last hour. He that has an ear, let Him hear the words of the Lord, through Sis. Courtnaye! Glory be to God!

  4. Marilyn Powell September 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Amen. ‘Check it at the door!’

  5. Julienne August 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    You know your blog is really hitting me hard. And I like it, i like to be told off when im really wrong. You know, i payed back evil for evil. My husband gave out our holiday house without consulting me. I felt so hurt because if i did it, ….i would not even do it.Im from african descent.
    I didnt confront him because i knew if i did it will bring out more trouble than i anticipated…then opportunity came for me to retaliate,and i must say it was sweet revenge..a friend of mine, a couple were also going around the place, they needed the house so without asking my husband, i asked the couple to go ahead to use our holiday house. At night when we were abt to retire, i gave him the news that i offered the house to another couple,he went mad, why didnt i ask him and all such Qs, i said i didnt think so afterall he didnt tell me he gave it out to anyone, i only heard him when he was mentioning it to other people. he asked if that was why i decided to do it back to him, and i said yes afterall it’s “our house” as he always says when the game is in his favour. He kept quiet and made me feel guilty. The Holy Spirit also did not help matters as i kept on hearing repay no man evil for evil. I must tell you, Courtnaye,i feel bad now but as at the time i did it i felt so good.
    Now i know I was wrong as I have been convicted but how do you handle someone who hurts you repeatedly whom when you ask/confront or show your displeasure either just tells you,i didnt know,or defends himself and never sorry.And worse of all, the trend never stops in different areas. I need this advice because i just feel like blowing up everything. pls can you also copy me ur response to my email or send me a link to where i can read it. Im not good at blogging, i always just stumble on them.
    remain blessed.
    Ild also like to know your views on hair covering for christian women in the church.

  6. Inside Out with Courtnaye May 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm - Reply

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