Your Sin Will Find You Out

Posted on 07/10/2011 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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I WILL ENTER YOUR GATES

I will enter your gates
    with thanksgiving in my heart
I will enter your courts
    with praise
I will say this is the day
    that the Lord has made
I will rejoice for
    you have made me glad!

You have made me glad,
    you have made me glad
I will rejoice for
    you have made me glad


NOBODY LIKE YOU

(There's) Nobody like you Lord
Nobody like you
Nobody like you Lord
    You are worthy

(repeat)

You alone are King of Kings
You alone are Lord of Lords
You alone are worthy there is
    No one else like you

Every knee on earth will bow
Every tongue confess that you are
Lord above the heavens,
    There is no one else like you!


THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU

There is none like you
No one else can touch my heart like you do
I could search for all eternity long and find
There is none like you

Your mercy flows like a river wide
and healing comes from your hands
Suffering children are safe in your arms
There is none like you


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Today, I'd like for us to spend a few minutes discussing something that might sound a bit strange to some of you. Not the topic itself, but some of the possibilities surrounding that topic.

And the title of today's message is taken from Numbers 32:23, which ends with these familiar words: "...be sure your sin will find you out."

Now, if you've been coming here long, you probably already know that I am strongly against taking Scripture out of context. And we're going to take a look at the context of these words; however, as we're about to see from other passages and from often misunderstood first-hand experiences, this statement can stand on its own.


First, let's look at the context. The Israelites were about to cross over the Jordan and enter into the Promised Land. A couple of tribes asked Moses if they could stay on the east side of the Jordan, because they wanted the fertile land, which was also very suitable for their livestock.

But God had commanded them to drive the enemy out of Canaan. Moses said to them, "Shall your brothers go to war while you sit here?" And then he reminded them that, since God had commanded them to fight, they would be sinning if they did not go. And he ended by saying, "Be sure your sin will find you out."

Moses was speaking specifically about the sin of disobedience. But when you think about it, this is a truly insignificant distinction; after all, ALL sin is disobedience, just as all disobedience is sin. Simply put, sin is disobeying God. And when you willfully disobey God, you can be sure that your sin will find you out.

Now, what exactly does that mean? Your sin will find you out? Don't people commit sin after sin and often get away with them? Doesn't everyone go to their grave with sins about which nobody except for God ever knew? Well, if you're talking about other living humans discovering their sin during their lifetime, absolutely. But I want for us to dig a little bit deeper here; and if you'll hang on with me for just a few more minutes, I think we will learn something valuable here today.


Let's turn to the book of Genesis, chapter four. The first few verses talk about the first recorded sin after the fall in the garden. Let's read this together; Genesis chapter four, beginning with verse one:

Genesis 4:1-11 (NKJV)

1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the LORD."
2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.
4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,
5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

6 So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."

8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10 And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.
11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand."


Now, in verse nine, God asked Cain, "Where is your brother?" This sounds a lot like the question God asked Adam right after he had sinned, "Where are you?" Of course God already knew the answer to both questions; but He did not ask them so He could gather information He didn't already have; rather, He asked those questions because He wanted those to whom He asked them to ponder the answer themselves.

First, God asked Adam, "Where are you?" That's quite a question for God to ask while you're hiding from Him. Where are you? And I believe God asks this question to us today when we are hiding from something He's told us to do, or we're hiding behind our busy schedules instead of faithfully setting aside time to spend with Him.

"Where are you?" Indeed, if we are not where we should be with God today, where are we? And once you acknowledge that you are not where you should be, then you can do something about it.


Now God asks a similar question: "Where is your brother?" God knew very well where Abel was, and so did Cain. But once again, God was asking this question because He wanted Cain to acknowledge what he had done. But we see that Cain kept hiding -- he continued to try to hide his sin from God.

And then God says something very interesting in verse ten. He said, "The voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground." Was God just being poetic? Perhaps. But I think what God said here goes far beyond prose.

Let's consider what Job 14:10-12 says:

10 But man dies and is laid away;
      Indeed he breathes his last
      And where is he?

 11 As water disappears from the sea,
      And a river becomes parched and dries up,

 12 So man lies down and does not rise.
      Till the heavens are no more,
      They will not awake
      Nor be roused from their sleep.

These verses paint a strong contrast to what we have assumed from Paul's words, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." It's a common belief that the moment you die, you go to either heaven or hell. And yet this view is not consistent with what the Bible teaches about Paradise and Hades, which are places in which the dead wait until, as Job worded it, "the heavens are no more," which symbolizes the end of the age, or the final return of Jesus, when all things are made new.

Jesus did not say to the thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in heaven," but "Today you will be with me in paradise." Now, I realize that this issue raises a lot of people's blood pressure, so I encourage you to just explore what the Bible says about it, and humbly put aside the need to have it all figured out already.

Consider that we tend to think in terms of time and space; in fact, most people are unable, or perhaps unwilling, to think outside of those constructs. But it's pretty certain that we accurately understand neither of these things. And instead of adding many volumes of complex explinations that even the most brilliant people on earth would have to struggle to even vaguely understand, God used symbols, and explained spiritual things in terms that anyone could understand as well as any of us need to.

I mean, just think about it: suppose there are multiple dimensions, which allow people and things to exist in the same space. Would it really be that important for us to know, much less understand? And yet, I believe we can understand our first two passages today much better if we consider the possibilities.

We've probably all heard about people who call themselves "ghost hunters" or "psychic investigators." And a review of the masses of information they have gathered definitely reveals a lot of things which go against Scripture, such as a belief in reincarnation, and communication with the dead. And of course it's possible for demons to impersonate people who have died.

But just consider with me for a moment the possibility that Hades just might not be in a physical location in some distant galaxy; just maybe it is simply in another dimension, and that dimension can sometimes be seen.

Now just hang in there with me a little bit longer, and you'll see that I'm not going off the deep end here.

We're looking at these possibilities because, for one, they fit in perfectly with what the Bible says; and second of all, they make room for a very straightforward explination of Able's blood crying out and our sins finding us out.

I don't know about you, but I've been places in which I strongly felt that a particular thing had happened. The few times I've been able to do a little historical research, I've discovered that I was picking up on things that had really taken place. I'm sure some of you here today have had similar experiences, and the number of documented cases in which people's past actions, especially sins against others, have apparently left a residue -- a marker. It's as though whatever you do leaves a trail. Even crimes carefully commited by people who leave no discernable evidence, leave a very clear mark.

Cain buried his brother to hide the evidence of what he had done. Adam and Eve didn't have access to our modern day equipment so they could collect DNA samples, locate Able's body, and prove Cain had murdered him. So for that time in history, Cain had left no traces of what he had done. And yet he DID leave something behind, something which God could certainly clearly see, and which I believe people with certain sensitivities could have clearly seen as well.

And here's the point to all this: You can't sin in private. Whatever you do leaves something behind. Those who are highly sensitive may, after you're gone, even see you doing that sin over and over; and it can definitely be clearly seen by God and by those in the realm of the spirit.

Here's what I believe: if you live to please God, that is what you leave behind -- the scent of God's presence. When you ask God to forgive you for a sin and you turn from it, He wipes it away. It is no longer playing over and over in an unseen realm calling out for justice and condemning you. But when you wilfully sin and you leave that sin unforgiven and unrepented, then it immediately starts replaying what you have done, and calling out for justice, just like Able's blood crying out from the ground.

I realize I'm taking a dangerous step explaining things along these lines. As Christians, we all too often tend to form very strong opinions that aren't necessarily in line with what the Bible says, or which go far beyond what it says, or which are based on assumptions concerning things we've read, things we've heard people say, and things we "feel." But I hope you know that this type of mindset will hold you back from seeing life as it really is, and I guess that's one reason we're discussing this topic today -- it's a challenge; a challenge to step back and be willing to accept possibilities we may not have previously considered, if those possibilities are more in line with the Scriptures than what we have previously believed.

And what I hope to leave you with today is a hightened awareness that you leave a permanent trail behind you; and any sin onto which you hold will continue to cry out against you, calling for justice to come on you from every direction.

To support this statement, let's take another look at Genesis chapter four, verses ten and eleven:

10 And (God) said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.
11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand."

Cain's sin, that sin which left a permanent mark, that sin which cried out for justice, resulted in a curse. Do you realize how many unrepented sins and therefore how many curses the average Christian has in their life? And I say a "permanent" mark in the sense that it remains until it is forgiven and you turn away from it, and then God will remove it. But we collect our sins, putting off repentance until some other day, and the sound of the voice of our sins crying out for our judgment works to draw that judgment down on us from any direction it can come.

God said to Cain, "You are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand." Everything your sin touches, it defiles. Just as one example, if you have sexual sin, even if it's only in your mind, it will defile your relationships. The sin of unforgiveness defiles your ability to be forgiven. The sin of anger towards others defiles your ability to experience true and lasting peace.

Whatever sins you're holding on to, they are crying out, building upon one another, calling out for justice, and defiling every area of your life.

And the answer is really quite simple. 1st John 1:9 says that "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." God doesn't just forgive us -- He cleanses us. He wipes away those witnesses against us. And once our sins are not crying out against us, we can begin to move forward in life. We can begin to draw closer to God and to overcome things with which we may have struggled our whole life.

And all you have to do is to confess your sin to God. And let it go. Take hold of righteousness instead, and leave behind you a trail of holiness, which cries out for mercy and blessings. True healing will follow, along with supernatural power to perform the will of God.

Are you ready to commit yourself to turning away from sin? To turn away from the things that call down judgment and curses on your life? Are you ready to commit yourself to walking the path of righteousness, so that mercy, blessings, healing, and Godly power rain down upon you?

If so, you're invited to get out of your seat right now and make your way to the front. Spend some time at this altar just seeking after God and surrendering yourself to Him. Get all of your sins confessed and out of the way, so they can be completely wiped away, and so their testimony against you can be silenced forever.

And if you have never given your life to Jesus, then the invitation to you is exactly the same: come surrender yourself to Jesus. Confess your sin so He will wipe it away, and so you can become a magnet for God's blessings and favor instead.

If you'd like someone to talk or pray with you, you can instant message me or someone else on the staff or ministry team. Whenever you need to go, you're dismissed; and if you can stay until after this time at the altar, you're all invited to meet with us in the Fellowship Room to your left for a bit of fellowship.

Lord God, thank you so much for speaking to us today. I ask that you would protect these seeds that were planted today from being snatched away, and that you would cause them to go deep into the soil of our hearts, and produce Godly change.

Come and have your way with us now. Forgive us. Change us. And help us leave a trail of Godliness everywhere we go. And we ask these things in Jesus' name.

Come, and let's get serious with God, as we commit ourselves to please Him in everything.