We’ve all kept secrets. Some of us are still keeping secrets. Some secrets are good to keep, others, not so much. As children, we may keep innocent secrets or not so innocent secrets. Why do we keep secrets? For some it is the thrill, for others it is nothing more than shame. As a child, I was warned of both the good and the bad secrets. Keeping a birthday party a secret is very different from keeping abuse or molestation a secret. The birthday party secret is about having fun and building someone up as a person. The other secret is about stealing and destroying from someone and allowing evil to win. This type of secret will devour you.
Our Enemy, Satan, wants us to keep secrets to keep us in the dark – to maintain control over our lives. I kept one of his most insidious secrets. I kept the secret of my abuse in my marriage for 3 years. I can assure you this kind of secret-keeping only brought me pain, there was no thrill. I fooled many people but I could not fool God and, in the end, I could not fool myself. The lies I told myself crumbled around me and left me empty and afraid. How many of you are keeping his insidious secrets and slowly dying on the inside? How many of you are lying to keep your insidious secret safe? I am here to tell you that your life does not have to be this way! Bring your insidious secret, the thing you are most ashamed of, into Jesus’ light and let Him heal you. If you stay in darkness, you will be devoured. Evil thrives in darkness, you do not. Your secrets will devour you in the dark! Jesus has not come to condemn you! He has come to heal you and to save you from your secrets. He has come that you might have a life without the pressure, strain and weight of your secrets. He is not afraid of your secrets! He already knows them anyway. Will you not come out into the light and be loved? Will you not come out into the light and be set free from the chains your secrets have held you to all these years? You do not have to keep secrets for evil! You do not have to live in the shadows of your secrets. You can live in the light where there are no secrets and there is only freedom!
Once I decided to no longer keep evil’s secret, I became free. My mind was free! My heart was free! I could be myself again! I was no longer the empty, afraid, shell of myself. When I stopped keeping this insidious secret, I got my life back and I got it back ten-fold! Jesus is faithful! He will do the same thing for you that He did for me. He wants to do this for you. Will you not let him free you of your secrets? He loves you regardless of your secrets. I wish I could shout that from the mountain tops! He is not ashamed of you and he does not want you to live in shame. Will you come to Him?
Coming to Jesus with my secrets was the best thing I ever did for me! If you call to Him, he will answer! Life and light are waiting for you on the other side. You can take that to the bank and cash it!
I will no longer keep secrets that destroy me or someone else. What do you choose today?
I will close with some verses that speak to secrets:
John 3:17; For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Ecclesiastes 3:7 …A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
Proverbs 31:8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.