"Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults" (Psalm 19:12)
Did you know that you have sins in your life that you don't know about? Don't worry, everyone does. We all have undetected weaknesses like the earth has undetected faults from which massive quakes erupt. How we respond to these weaknesses is what builds spiritual steel into our lives.
To understand this concept we look at two men in the Bible — David and Joseph. Both men rose from the rank of shepherd to the rank of royalty! Both men found favor in the eyes of God. Both encountered the unexpected temptation of adultery — David with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11) and Joseph with Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39).
Through the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit, they learned to rely on the ministry of the Holy Spirit to turn their points of weakness into pillars of strength!
The application is clear. We need His spiritual steel to make us inwardly strong against the ploys of Satan. How do we get spiritual steel?
First, we must learn to hear His voice above the roar of Satan who wants to deceive and lure us into sin (1 Peter 5:8-9). Second, we need to listen to the Holy Spirit's call of conviction, cleansing and restoration. After we have heard His voice, we need to heed His call — making every effort to stand firm with His empowering presence in our lives.
He is calling you now through His creation, His Word, and His Spirit. Are you listening? Will you heed the Holy Spirit's call to reveal your weaknesses, anticipate temptation, and protect your life?
For a study of character, nobility, wisdom, courage, and devotion; you will not find a better man than David. In 1 Samuel 13:14 God calls him a man after His own heart. Yet, there’s a dark chapter in David’s life. Second Samuel eleven tells us that David entered into an adulterous affair with Bathsheba. Then in an effort to cover his sin, he had her husband killed.
In Part One of this article, we looked at the situation for the true Christian living in a culture where the prevalent worldview mocks and ridicules the God of the Bible and His precepts for living. And those who stand with Jesus Christ, bravely upholding His precepts against a turning tide, become targets for persecution.
I believe we are living in the lengthening shadows of the last day. I believe Jesus Christ is coming soon, and one of the earmarks is persecution of the saints. We see it on TV, newscasts, and editorial pages. Ridicule any other group and you’ll be in trouble, but the wrath of our culture is reserved for the Christian. The Bible-believing Christian is the whipping boy.
People are continually discussing what’s happening in this country, the Middle East, and every corner of the globe. What many may not realize is that we are already at war—an invisible, unseen war between light and darkness, good and evil. And Satan is our adversary.
Someone reading this article—it may be you—has failed the Lord, and you think perhaps God is finished with you.