Spiritual awareness is indispensable as we try to maneuver through this challenging life. Even as Christians, we know we’ll fail at times and the Lord is ready to forgive (1 John 1:7).
We exhibit righteousness so as to minimize the sin in our lives (Romans 12:1-2). The Lord is forgiving and patient but he has limits (Ephesians 5:1-14). He knows the spiritual direction we are traveling and we must remain in the light.
The real issue is what we will do when we sin. Will we own our failings or will we run to denial and rationalization? Is our pride and reputation more important than our soul?
The Lord knows everything so we should be honest with him and ourselves (Psalm 139:7-12). He loves us but his principles and plans can’t be compromised by anyone (John 6:60-68).
When David was confronted with his sins, he owned them and repented (2 Samuel 12:1-15). His example is a model for all of us.
Hezekiah was quite the opposite. To his credit, after God gave him an extra fifteen years of life (2 Kings 20:1-6), he humbled himself (2 Chronicles 32:24-26). Nevertheless, he failed in spectacular fashion when indicted for sin (Isaiah 39:1-8). His legacy is appalling.
Nebuchadnezzar was a complex man who tried to execute godly men (Daniel 3:19-21). Yet, when God defeated his efforts, the king praised God (Daniel 3:26-30).
Later, Nebuchadnezzar was driven into the woods to live seven years as an animal as a result of his pride (Daniel 4:28-31). Afterwards, though, he “praised and honored” Jehovah (Daniel 4:34, NKJV).
In truth, we will probably do both to a degree in our Christian lives depending on what we have invested in the sin and our pride. We must humble ourselves (James 4:10), so we can always recognize our sin.
Heaven requires great courage to say no to self and yes to Jesus. But the sacrifice will always be worth it in the end.