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Greasy Footprints

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 15, 2015

RELIGION – I read this week about some good crime solving work! Detectives in Oklahoma were able to solve a robbery by following a trail of grease spills. Police say Steven McCarthey and William Bitsche stole nearly $4,000 worth of property from a neighbor’s home in Chickasha, Okla., on May 16. When the sun rose, Matthew Kennedy, another neighbor, helped police solve the case when he spotted a grease trail from the burglarized home to the door of a neighboring property.

After executing a search of the suspects’ home, police confiscated a stolen television, golf clubs, fishing tackle, and a small deep fat fryer.
When I read this I instantly thought of Numbers 32:23 "But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.”  We all know from experience that we can try and at times seemingly be successful at covering up and over our sin. Jesus gave some warnings to those of us trying to cover up our sins. Luke 8:17 Jesus notes that “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” He also adds in Luke 12:3 that “Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”
Just because we can avoid detection by people around us, Jesus knows. Hebrews 4:13 says that “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Solomon also wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:14 that “God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
So know all your deeds are known and marked. Practically speaking, just because you have been successful at covering your sins for a time does not mean you will continue to be so. Cover ups and lies ruin families, careers, and of coarse, our witness. So today is the day to repent and be forgiven. As 1 John 1:9 promises us that “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Know that this forgiveness, while freely available for you, comes at a great cost. Understand at the cross, Jesus was condemned in your guilt. He felt the pain of each and every sin. He felt the hurt sin causes you and the hurt it causes those around you. He was judged as guilty, that you can be free. So enjoy your freedom, and never mistake God’s patience in judging you with God’s approval of your sin. He wants and desires the best life for you!

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