By Jeremy Lopez
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Exposure has begun but it may not be quite as we expected it to be.
Earlier this summer, the Holy Spirit told me, “Exposure by the Holy Spirit has begun. I am speaking of the exposing of what is being done in the hidden recesses of the heart. That which is done in the dark will be exposed by the Light. Did you not know that Light and darkness cannot dwell together? Therefore, My people, do not walk in such ways that you serve yourself as a dwelling of co-habitation of darkness and light.
Have you not noticed when you open your hearts to Me in My presence, that which is hiding in the secret and hidden places is being brought to the surface of your thoughts? It is time for My people to become as chaste virgins before Me – therefore into the depths of your innermost being you must be searched so that no darkness can remain in hiding.
It's in My love for you I will allow you to see in truth. In your love for Me, allow Me to expose your heart to you.
I am allowing My people to acknowledge what I choose to show them or be approached for the sake of true repentance such as I did with My servant David.
The time is ripe for deep cleansing from all that slows you down and causes your stride to stumble.
You cry out to Me for external exposure, but I say to you the internal exposure within My people whom I have called must be first and foremost.”
Matthew 16:24-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Oftentimes, as scripture says in Matthew, chapter 7, it’s easier to see the other person’s errors or areas of sin than it is our own. Or if I’m being blatantly truthful, sometimes it makes us feel better about ourselves if we purpose to look at the other person’s errors and sins instead of focusing on our own.
Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
There can be many reasons why we choose to focus on our brother’s sin and not our own. Those reasons may range from what I stated previously to having a critical perspective, or simply because we tend to not be as aware of what feels familiar to us in our own lives.
Compassion and Love
Have you ever had the experience of observing your floor in a dimly lit room and it appears to be clean but then, when a bright light is turned on, all of the dust and debris that wasn’t noticeable in the dark suddenly becomes obvious? Similarly, the closer we get in our relationship with Jesus and the more His word permeates our hearts, the more we can perceive of what we do, say, and think that is not of Him, but rather are the desires of the flesh or even the influence of the enemy. The Holy Spirit doesn’t expose those areas to us to cause us shame or guilt, rather, He reveals them to us from His compassion and love for us.
The Lord gave me this analogy to share with you. If your friend noticed a tick (a small external parasite) on the back of your neck, would you want them to simply ignore it and not make it known to you for fear you’ll be embarrassed or offended? Or would you realize that by not warning you about it would be causing you harm rather than being beneficial to you?
Undealt with sin is quite comparable in the effects it has within the heart and mind of a person as to what the effects of an undealt with parasite has within the body.
Our Abba Father loves us enough to care more about our spiritual health and well-being (which in turn covers every area of our life) than what He does about whether we might have momentary offense, embarrassment or hurt feelings – all of which He knows we will quickly recover from in the fellowship of His presence.
In the above word that the Lord spoke to me, He stated, “I am allowing My people to acknowledge what I choose to show them or be approached for the sake of true repentance such as I did with My servant David.”
2 Samuel 11:27(b) But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
The specifics leading up to what David did to displease the Lord aren’t as important to the context of this particular word we’re addressing today, as what the general concept of why Nathan approached David is. David allowed the temptations of his fleshly desires to lead him into a pattern of sin. Instead of allowing conviction and repentance of his sins to turn him away from the path he was going down, he chose to dive deeper into sin in a desperate effort to cover his guilt and shame. In the heat of his actions, his heart was not receptive to humbly acknowledge his own guilt and repent. Therefore, God sent Nathan to David for the purpose of exposing the true depth of David’s sin and what he otherwise thought was done in hiddenness.
2 Samuel 12:1-7 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
13(a) Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
What are the Costs?
David’s sins cost him the life of his newborn son. Rest assured, God is not charging us the life of anyone for our hidden sin(s). God’s firstborn Son already paid that price on our behalf!
I believe what the Lord is revealing to us through the association of this story about Nathan and David is that there are other costs we may unknowingly be paying because of our undealt with, hidden and/or continuous sins.
Is unaddressed sin preventing us from stepping into our calling? Is it hindering us from becoming trustworthy stewards? Has it become a distraction from us having a deeper relationship with Jesus?
The Holy Spirit is prompting us to take a deep, transparent gaze into the recesses of our hearts, motives, and behaviors and invite Him to do a thorough inventory of what needs to be repented of and turned away from.
Just as when we bring correction to our children, it’s not for the purpose of harassing them, or shaming, or trying to be a dictator in their lives. On the contrary, it’s for the sole purpose of desiring only the very best outcome possible for them. Therefore, let’s not allow the temptations of our flesh, carnal thoughts, or the lies of the enemy to have any opening of robbing us of the plans and blessings the Lord desires for us.
As always, we have a choice and an opportunity set out before us. The choice is to either receive His correction with a soft and teachable heart or allow pride to cover our hearts and not receive His prompting. The opportunity comes in the form of growth. Growth in becoming a better version of ourselves, growth in our relationship with Jesus and growth in maturity in our walk with Him as we humble our hearts to receive His corrections and instructions.
Hebrews 12:1-6 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Our Abba Father loves us so very much! He wants only the best for us. We can trust Him with all that we are. We can present ourselves fully exposed, vulnerable and pliable before Him and wholly trust in His goodness for us. We have nothing to lose except that which is bondage and yet everything that is good to gain.