Covering Our Carnality
Covering our carnality is very foolish and truly dangerous.
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
We cover our carnality for several reasons. Our pride does not want to admit that we are carnal.
Revelation 3:17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
We are foolish.
Luke 12:16: And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Chastening is grievous and we forget that it is for our benefit.
Hebrews 12:5: And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
How do we reject God*s chastening and correction? We do not study the Bible with a desire to have it reprove and correct us. We study the Bible for our own purposes rather than God*s.
2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Sometimes when I go to church, it seems like someone has told that preacher all about me and that he is just preaching against me, but he is not. God intends it to be that way. We avoid other believers so they cannot reprove us. We avoid fellowship with them. It is easy to hide our carnality in a large church where we just come and go and no one truly knows us and no one will reprove us or we attend small churches and Biblical churches only sporadically so that the believers in them will not truly know us or reprove and correct us. We keep at arm*s length those who might reprove us in their words and we don*t even want to see their good works and glorify God.
1 Peter 2:12b: . . . they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Job 5:17: Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
When we avoid reproof and correction by God*s Word, by God Himself and by His servants, we pay a penalty here and now by depriving ourselves of the happiness and joy that comes with being right with God and we deprive ourselves us of the rewards He wants to give us later in Heaven. Even though we might be able to cover our carnality before other men we cannot hide it from God. And we might as well face it, if we avoid the reproof and correction of God*s faithful children, they may not know the specifics or our carnality but they will know that we are hiding it because they have done it that way too.
Numbers 32:23b: . . . behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.