God would surely have known it, for He knows the secrets of every heart. – Psalm 44:21
Luke 8:17—“For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”
Proverbs 10:9—“People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.”
Ephesians 5:11-12—“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.”
Ecclesiastes 12:14—“God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”
Hebrews 4:13—“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable.”
Today, we’ll be wrapping up our conversation with pastor and author, Peter Hubbard, in his book titled, “Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual, and The Church.” I finish up my interview on today’s episode by asking Peter what he thinks is going on with all the cases of sexual abuse – the scandal that is currently plaguing the headlines of news and social media.
On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss:
- How we live in a world to where “anything goes”, but at the same time, “not really”.
Isn’t that a great question? How can we help those confused with who they are if we don’t even know our own identity? Who are we as Christians?
The apostle Paul says it this way in Ephesians 4:22-24, “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”
This is where we learn what God says about us and where our true identity comes from. It comes from Him! It is often said that when you read God’s Word, you’re listening to His voice. So, regardless of what you’ve heard or what you’ve told yourself in the past, God says that you are:
- A new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17);
- Chosen, holy, and blameless before God (Eph. 1:4);
- Sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13);
- Made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10);
- Justified and redeemed (Rom. 3:24).
Do you believe those words? It’s easy to believe them when things are going well, but not so much when life is in the middle of a tough season isn’t it? Well regardless, that’s why its so important for us as Christians to understand that it’s God who determines our worth, not us, not circumstances, and not other people. It’s God who determines our value, not our feelings.
This is where so many recovery groups miss it. I’m not going to say, Hi, my name is, “Dustin and I’m a sex addict.” I’m going to say, “Hi my name is Dustin, and I’m a child of God, saved by His amazing grace because I was once blind but now I can see.” Do you see the difference there? Why are we choosing to define ourselves with the worst thing that we’ve ever done? What you tell yourself, what you believe about yourself is crucial. Most of are living out of a shameful past or event. Shame is not that I’ve made a mistake, shame says that I am a mistake. And if you continue to believe that you are a mistake – you’ll never allow God to love you or allow yourself to love others.