Presenting ...

Net Profits - Dwight Hill

... a weekly letter of encouragement.

November 15, 1993

Good Morning!

Let me ask you a searching question: "IN THE SECRET DEPTHS OF YOUR HEART AND MIND, ARE YOU FAITHFUL TO GOD?" Or are you living a lie by pandering a hidden life of fantasy and titillation that would embarrass a sailor?

This was Israel's problem:

"A stubborn and rebellious generation...whose spirit was not faithful to God." (Psalm 78:8)

King David, revered as a righteous man, was perfectly capable of living a double life - at least for the year following his liaison with Bathsheba. Here is his description of that desperate year:

"When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer." (Psalm 32:3,4)

It's tough to live a lie!

Christ saw the same duplicity in the religious starched shirts of His day:

"You (Pharisees) outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." (Matthew 23:28)

Being married to Christ and harboring an unfaithful spirit is akin to spiritual adultery:

"You are like unfaithful wives, flirting with the glamour of this world and never realizing that to be the world's lover means becoming the enemy of God." (James 4:4 Phillips)

Given our inclination to wander from single-hearted devotion to Christ into a secret life of sin, perhaps we should daily join David in the prayer he wrote after his year of hypocrisy:

"Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being...Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me..." (Psalm 51:10, 6)

Have a great week!

Dwight Hill


Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.

Back to Antioch's Well
Back to Antioch's Home Page