Thursday, July 28, 2011
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A few years back, the stress meters on Wall Street hit some new highs all because one man had been recording his telephone calls. Yeah, one of Wall Street's movers and shakers had been caught in the middle of some very profitable but very illegal stock dealings. And in order to reduce his possible penalty, he agreed to record his calls for a few weeks. Well, when that news broke, oh boy, they found out he had been caught and that he had been dealing for weeks with the tape recorder running, a lot of Wall Street lawyers got some very frantic phone calls.
And many powerful people remembered with regret what they had said and what they did the last few weeks. Now, maybe you smile a little bit at the picture of those people scrambling around and saying, "Oh, man! What did I say on the tape?" Not so fast. Imagine in your life now all the things that you've said and done in the last couple of weeks. All of them, including the ones that you thought no one knew. What if someone had recorded every conversation, every action in the last few weeks? Well, someone has.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Recorder is Always Running."
Our word for today from the Word of God, it's from Psalm 90:8. David says, "You have set our iniquities before You..." Of course he's talking about God. "...our secret sins in the light of Your presence." Now that's interesting. He says, "Those things that I thought were a secret..." Well, that's probably not even the right word to use. They weren't secret sins because You knew about them, Lord, all the time. In other words, "God's recorder has been running every minute of your life" the audio recorder, the video recorder, see they're always running.
So, there's no such thing as a secret sin, because if God knows, you're caught. It just might be that right now you feel there's a sin that you've been getting away with; a lie that no one caught you in, a transaction that was based on deception, and guess what? So far it's gone pretty well. A sexual sin that you've pretty well covered; something stolen; something you cheated on; words that you thought no one heard you say; someone that you secretly hate or you talk against.
Well, like those people on Wall Street, you would never do it if you knew it was being recorded and that it would be played back. Well, God's commitment is that one day what was done in secret will be shouted from the roof tops, openly announced, openly judged, unless you deal with it before God does. You say, "Well, then there are some things that I need to deal with." Well, don't call your attorney on earth like they did on Wall Street. Call your attorney in heaven.
1 John 2:1, "If we sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense, Jesus Christ." Your step right now is to agree with God and call that sin what it is. And then you need to make your way to the cross of Jesus, where that very sin - those very secrets - were paid for. And say, "Lord, please apply Your forgiveness to this sin; I'm done with it." And leave it at the foot of that cross. And leave there clean; leave there free of the fear of discovery, and free of the fear of how God will deal with you later on.
Today God stands ready to forgive and remove every sin you've ever committed in your life. To in His words, "...bury it in the depths of the sea." It's a wonderful, wonderful way to live. Today could be your day to be forgiven, and that happens when you go to Jesus and say, "Jesus, what You died for, I want. I believe You died for my sinning, and I am Yours." If you've never been to Him to be forgiven, if you've never asked Him to be your Rescuer from your sin, let this be that day.
Let me help you with that. Go to our website and check out the information there, YoursForLife.net.
And live today, even in the places where you're all alone, expecting to see and hear everything you do replayed, because God's recorder is always running.