I was thinking about hidden sin. An oxymoron is contradictory. We know from Hebrews 4:13 that God sees all things. The Amplified says, “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”
Truth: sin is not hidden. How then can we live in it as though it is? There are several ways. We choose to believe that we won’t get caught. We have seared our conscience so that it is not in the forefront of our mind. We have convinced ourselves that it is alright. Any believer who remains in hidden sin is miserable deep down. The Holy Spirit is our Convictor. He does not ignore what we choose to ignore.
Sampson is a classic example for us. I think some of the saddest words in the Bible are about him. He finally told Delilah where his strength came from. Judges 16:20 says, “…So he awoke from his sleep, and said, I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free! But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.”
Truth: Hebrews 13:5 says that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. He was right there when you were sinning. Psalm 46:1 says that He is ever present. However, for the believer the fellowship is broken. We are the ones who depart. Hidden sin is a life of cover up or deception.
Numbers 32:23 is a good verse to remember. I have the reference written in the front of my Bible. It says, “But you did not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.” Think back to examples in the Bible where their sin was found out.
Here is one. Acts 5:1-11 is the narrative of Ananias and Sapphira, his wife who lied. Verse 4 says, “…Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Do these verses make you nervous? That is the severity of hiding our sin. Sin always comes first in the form of a temptation to that sin. We have full control. No one makes us sin. If we take satan’s bait, we will be strung on his fishing line, and controlled by the lies he feeds us.
A lingering wrong attitude can become a hidden sin. Attitudes come from our heart belief that was set through our past experiences. Ungodly attitudes become habitual if we don’t course correct. Progressive sanctification is God’s way of bringing that correction. It is when we ignore the Holy Spirit’s conviction that we enter into sin.
Another part of hidden sin is defilement. Achan’s sin affected all the children of Israel. It made them not be able to stand before their enemies. You can read about it in Joshua 7. Verse 11 says, “Israel has sinned, and they have transgressed My covenant…” 1 John 2:8 says, “Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” Before salvation we lived in sin. After salvation sin is a choice. We choose to walk in the darkness of sin, rather than His Light.