Sin Is An Inside Job
Written February 2017
The other week when we had to cancel church because of the snow and ice, Allison, Grace, and I watched a wonderful sermon by a pastor named Alistair Begg. He is pastor of Parkside Church in Cleveland Ohio and is a wonderful preacher. The message that he delivered was about living in the power of the Holy Spirit. The message was great but one little point really stuck out and has stuck with me. It was towards the end of the sermon and he talked about a robbery that occurred some years ago at a post office. The robbery occurred when one member of the band of thieves went into the post office during regular business hours and hid in a closet. There he waited until everyone had gone home for the night and the whole facility was locked up. When everyone was gone, he exited the closet, unlocked the door, and allowed all his cohorts in. He said it was an inside job, and sin is an inside job.
That is a profound statement when you think about it. For the believer the greatest fight against sin we have in our life is not an outward fight but an inward one. It is those unconfessed, played around with, and justified sins that we allow to hide in the closets of our lives that will open our lives up to more and more sins. If we want victory and to truly live in the power of the Holy Spirit we must guard ourselves inwardly and make sure there is no hidden sins that we are keeping from God.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23 – 24 KJV)