Warning Signs

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“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭28‬:‭13‬ NIV)

“Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”  (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭13-14‬ NIV)

I recently moved into a new apartment. Within the last week I noticed a smell of gas coming from one of the bedrooms. When the doors and windows were open, it wasn’t noticeable; however when the door remained closed the stench of fumes would slowly build up. Obviously I was a little nervous because gas leaks can be a serious problem. Many buildings in NYC have exploded leaving behind fatalities and entire blocks destroyed… So when I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from I decided to call the super. He promised to come up and take a look, but he never came. I contacted him again, and he said he was going to send his assistant, but he also never came…. The third time he told me to call management. As soon as I called the owner’s representative  the super magically appeared at my apartment and immediately scheduled a time for the plumber to check out the problem. The plumber found that the gas meter in the kitchen had old pipes going to all the light fixtures. Since it’s an old building, the original light fixtures were once powered by that same gas meter. The older gas pipes were all capped, but there was a slight leak coming into one of the bedrooms fixtures. He was thinking of cutting a hole in the ceiling and just capping the pipe. It seemed like the best decision at the time. However the worker than stated, “if this was my place I would fix the problem completely and cut all ties of any gas going to any of the fixtures in the future”. Within a few hours, he had completely fixed the problem and installed a new pipe. It took a little longer to correct; however the smell of gas was now finally gone.

As I thought about my experience with the gas leak, I couldn’t help but think about the dangers of sin in our lives. Many of them are hidden. They become Dirty Little Secrets that we don’t want anyone else to know about. We can open up all the windows to air them out; however as time goes by, sin continues to build up. God will not supernaturally come down from Heaven to take away our problems. He is waiting for us to go directly to him just like I did with the management company. I had to call the owner of the building to fix the gas leak. Me complaining to the Super and waiting for him to respond did no good. Only the owner had the authority to call the right people to fix the unique issue I was having.

How long will you allow hidden sin to build up in your life? Will you wait for it to explode by destroying your home, or will you finally make a decision to hand it over to God?

The Bible says that “each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” What starts off as a little lust can quickly turn into a pornography problem, a few drinks every night after work may quickly become a dependence on alcohol, built up anger for a co-worker can soon turn into hate, and unforgiveness can lead to years of bitterness….

Regardless of what you are dealing with today, Jesus still loves you. He doesn’t condemn you. He desires to take away your sins and make you new. Don’t allow these secret sins to accumulate anymore. Deal with it today! Stop waiting for someone else to come and fix your problems. Your friends can’t fix it for you and isolating yourself won’t help. Go directly to your Creator and ask him for wisdom and guidance. He can bring the right people alongside you to keep you accountable and challenge you. Come out of hiding and confess your sins today. There is hope and a bright future awaiting. Take these Warning Signs as God’s way of showing you mercy. Don’t delay, Call on God Today!