Holding Forth The Word Of Life.
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With the rapid development of the sciences, man has never expanded his knowledge as much as he has today. Our forefathers, for instance, would be astounded at man's present conquest of space.
Modern inventions have caused a revolution in many ways. However, with all this added knowledge of the universe there is perhaps a lessened knowledge of the world of our own personality in which Heaven and Hell, good and evil, fight for supremacy.
In spite of the introduction of psychology and psychiatry, man seems to know less about himself. We still need to pray, "Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults" (Psalm 19:12).
When King David of old desired to be spiritually cleansed, he did not mean those sins in which he indulged secretly, or sought to hide from others. In this sense there are no secret sins, for nothing is hid from God. What David was asking for was the exposure of, and deliverance from sins against God of which he himself was ignorant.
David sought a continual spiritual cleansing from that evil which is submerged in the heart of mankind. Is it not a sign of growth in grace when the Holy Spirit makes us conscious of what we were unconscious of, and the blood of Jesus keeps on cleansing us from all sin? (I John 1:7).
What heaven's light reveals as sin within our heart, the blood of Jesus will cleanse out of our heart, as such sins are acknowledged and forsaken. Sometimes a growing knowledge of our nature overwhelms us, but we have nothing to fear if we walk in the light as He is in the light.
- Merlin Bender
The Blight of Self-Ignorance