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The Nagging Pain of Secret Sin

Last year I was able to take a trip to Alaska for ministry. It was there I received a call from my wife who had been suffering from a toothache.  I was in no position to help her. She found an emergency dentist at 10pm who would see her. Unfortunately due to the serious infection and swelling, the dentist could only provide temporary relief from the pain. This was an ongoing cycle for over a year until she could no longer stand the pain any longer and had it extracted.

Now you may be wondering, “Why did she take so long to have the tooth taken care of?” Not too many people are eager about making a trip to the dentist or any doctor for that matter because we fear what will happen. Will the procedure be painful? Do I want to know the test results? Nevertheless she was able to have the tooth extracted and although she experienced brief discomfort, she was able to have peace knowing it would no longer cause her pain.

Secret sin works in the same manner. We want to experience the life and peace we can have in Jesus, but unconfessed sin impacts our fellowship with Him and others. It keeps us from going before the throne of God in boldness and we lack the confidence we ought to have in Him. As for our relationship with other fellow believers, we shrink before them because we wonder whether or not they know our dark deeds. Therefore it hinders us from having genuine relationships.

I hope and pray by now you are able to "connect the dots" here. Sin is that nagging tooth, the pain is the Spirit of God pushing you to turn to Christ the Physician (dentist) who stands before the Almighty making intercession for you, so you no longer have to suppress the shame with things that cannot satisfy.

Here's the truth: There's no such thing as secret sin. God knows and sees all. The Bible says: “He reveals the deep and secret things: He knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells with Him” (Daniel 2:22) and “Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:12).

If we truly desire to walk in victory and triumph over our enemies, we must bring those things which are hidden to the Light and the Truth will set us free.

The power of sin is found in its secrecy. As long as you can hide it, you'll continue to indulge in it.—David Platt

Walking with the King, 

Jarrad R. Miller Sr.

Founder & CEO | @J_Mills116

www.godoverporn.org | @godoverporn

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Transparent Ministries & Freedom Begins Here

When we started Freedom Begins Here several years ago, our primary goal was to help men and women who struggled with pornography. After thousands of conversations about this subject, we discovered a much larger issue facing the Christians today. The issue of pornography is just one of many things holding us back from true intimacy with Jesus. We all have struggles--some are just easier to confess and talk about than others. So we began thinking about how to tackle this much larger issue of Christ followers not revealing who they really are.

In late 2010, we created a non-profit called Transparent Ministries. "We" is a group of people, some from Freedom Begins Here and some not, who are passionate about tackling difficult issues and seeing people live authentic lives.

Since porn is one of the most difficult issues facing the Church, Transparent Ministries decided to purchase Freedom Begins Here in October 2011. This gave us the ability to immediately begin supporting people with resources to address the issue of pornography.

One of our main goals is to provide resources that teach churches how to create safe places where people can find help without fear of condemnation.

In short, we want people to be real--real with themselves and real with others.

Vision:
Transparent Ministries wants help people live in total transparency with each other, become free from their most hurtful issues, and deepen their walk with Christ so they can impact the world around them.

Mission:
Our Mission is to provide resources, video content and presentations that help people address real issues that bring about true intimacy with Christ.

Goal:
Transparent Ministries’ goal is to provoke discussion to address issues that the church is not talking about. We want to bring resources together for individuals, pastors, church leaders and counselors.

Removing the Mask

Dark KnightIn the summer blockbuster movie, "The Dark Knight", one of the themes is Bruce Wayne's weariness with maintaining his alter ego by wearing the mask of "The Batman".

We might not be "The Batman", but we are also very good at hiding who we really are behind our masks.


After all, if people really knew us they might not love us and accept us at all.

We may not be hiding behind a superhero mask, then again, maybe we are, acting like we have it all together when really we don't.

And, we also grow weary because maintaining our alter ego is work and it's hard.

Thankfully, there is One we can always be ourselves with, "without the mask", who does love us and who does accept us just as we are.

That is God and that is good.

We can be honest, we can be open, we can be transparent with Him. He knows it all, anyway.

So, take off your mask. It's ok.

Be real. Be accepted. Be loved.

Begin to live Free.

Then you will inspire others to "take off the mask", too.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 (NIV)