Subtle Sins

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Everyday, there are little sins that we unconsciously commit, ones that by habitual practice, have become “normal” and which the mind has unfortunately adapted to. I call them subtle sins for they are so slight and are often hard to detect at once. Those things that we do in our minds, and things we say and do that we are becoming so accustomed to doing and  gradually forgetting that they are not right.

In the morning when we wake up and our minds are filled with the planned activities for the day, it is most likely that our hearts and minds would not be fully focused on the Lord even as we offer up our morning prayers. When we are supposed to be communing with God but our minds are wandering off somewhere else, we know that our prayers are futile and we are not being pleasing in the sight of God.

Sometimes also we unconsciously think and feel negative things – envy, self-pity, comparisons, pride, ill thoughts… – when we see something in our social networks or in our neighborhood that stirred up these feelings inside. Or we get so curious and interested with other people’s lives which may lead us subtly gossiping about them.

I have been guilty of these things in varying degrees at one time or another. Then the Lord would “awaken” my spirit and convict me and I would be hauling my heavy, contrite heart all day, pondering on all the things that the Lord is trying to teach me.

I have come to realize that these things happen when I spend more time doing other things and lesser time with the Lord – singing praises, worshiping, praying, reading and meditating on His Word. The farther I stray from His presence (and sometimes this happens gradually and unnoticeably), the more stresses reign in me which make me impatient, easily feel frustrated and annoyed.

Remember that these are the cunning works of the devil. When he sees us falling short in our communing with God, he makes his attack, and when he has gained a foothold in us, we become weaker and weaker – spiritually, mentally, emotionally.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8 NIV)

The Spirit is whispering, “Awake! Awake! Put away all things that defile – all malice, all deceit (however subtle they are), hypocrisy, envy, all evil speaking (see 1 Pet. 2:1), and complacency – and look unto the Lord!”

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May this be our earnest prayer:

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 
(Ps. 51: 10-11)

Next up: Giving More Time to Prayer

New testimony post at Minister of Mercy:

When the eldest son of Sis. Delia Carencia was only three-days-old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, his heart was too big for his age, one of the main veins of his heart was blocked, had abnormal heartbeat, asthma, post-polio of his whole left body, and scoliosis…

The head neurologist of the Pediatrics Department of the Philippine General Hospital told Sis. Delia that there was no hope for her son… Read full testimony here.

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Comments

  1. Wow, I really appreciate you writing about this. It’s true a lot of times I am not aware of the subtle sins I commit, and not I am alert to them and will do my best to stop myself and change my heart.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Growing Mama! It’s true that the first thing to do is just to STOP doing those unrighteous things, but we need a lot of help from the Lord to be able to maintain it for even more than a day, because God alone can change our hearts and work in our lives. So we need to be always at Jesus’ feet, worshipping, praying, meditating on His Word.

      Blessings,
      Rina

  2. Reese says:

    It’s seems you know someone out there is committing subtle sins Rina! I’m so touched when I’ve read this for, during my quiet time earlier today, I really suffered hard with the distractions while uttering my prayer. And I, too, believe it’s the work of the devil that’s why I’ve come to rebuke and denounce it. Very true enough, we need to be alert and vigilant of this and spend more time with our communion with the Lord.

    I want to thank you for I already received yesterday your giveaway. Even more touching for it was hand-delivered by one of your friends. Thank you and more blessings Rina!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Reese! I’m grateful to the Lord that you’ve willingly and faithfully digested these words that I had written.

      It was Mang Bobby, our company driver, who delivered your giveaway because he also had a delivery to a client near your place. I hope you like the gift.

      Rina

  3. Reese says:

    Apologies for some typo error in my comment… :)

  4. pinkishgal says:

    Praise the Lord! ♥
    I love everything you said here po. Thanks for sharing.. I should look unto JESUS, He is my rock, shelter, my everything! ='(
    Godspeed ^_^

  5. Carly says:

    A great reminder. I’m encouraged to let the Spirit guide my day and take hold of anything quickly that is not of Him!

    Carly @ ryandcar.blogspot.com

  6. KML says:

    I think that’s why Jesus spends so much time talking about our need to abide in Him in John, Apart from Christ there is no good in us.

    I’d love it if you’d share this post with my encouraging link-up http://www.lessonsfromivy.com/2012/04/encouragement-in-trials-with-linky.html

  7. Charlotte says:

    This is so true, Rina. Thank you for the encouraging post.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  8. Tracy says:

    Hi Rina – such a great reminder to be aware of our thoughts, to take them captive and measure them against the word. I think I would be more shocked by what goes on in there if I did that more often. Great post and thank you for linking it up. God bless
    Tracy

  9. AnonymousAnnette says:

    I was actually thinking about writing a book where the central character appears perfect from the outside, but struggles with subtle sins and sometimes overt sins, but the main thing she battles is her own self-righteousness. She is unable, more like unwilling to recognize her own faults. She justifies her continuously. I think the subtle sins have to be the most difficult to deal with. It is very easy to try to minimize, ignore or justify them.

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