Keep No Secrets, Tell No Lies
1 Why, O Lord do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts of the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
he is haughty and your laws are far from him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me;
I'll always be happy and never have trouble."
7 His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent,
watching in secret for his victims.
9 He lies in wait like a lion in cover;
he lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, "God has forgotten;
he covers his face and never sees."
12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
"He won't call me to account"?
14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;
call him to account for his wickedness
that would not be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his
17 You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
Jesus had personal trials none of us can
begin to imagine. Jesus was tempted beyond anything we could ever know.
Jesus was so distraught in his final hours that He sweat blood in the
Garden of Gethsemane. He was flogged to nearly the point of death. He
was publicly crucified. All of this hell on earth is public knowledge.
Think for a moment about the implications of having kept all this
tragedy a secret. What would the world be like today if these horrible
times in Jesus’ life had been kept from the world? These moments in
Jesus’ life are the darkest moments in the history of the human race
but these moments have not been kept a secret. Most of the human race
does know about these events, although many do not accept them as fact.
The truth about Jesus’ death and resurrection have not been kept
secret, but instead have been made known. Exposing these facts, horrible
as they are, has liberated millions of souls who are then able to fly
into heaven to eternal life. To keep these facts hidden, horrible as
they are, would have not liberated anyone. When we read, "the truth
will set you free", what we read is the fact that this horrid truth
about Jesus’ flogging and crucifixion has indeed set millions free.
John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men
loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light
for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
In your own life, the darkness has power over you if the deeds of
darkness done to you remain in darkness. The darkness and evil of the
world hates the light because when the light is turned on, the darkness
disappears. We are not just talking about the physics of light and
darkness. We are talking about good and evil. A criminal does not want
the criminal deeds exposed not just because the criminal does not want
to get caught, but also because the criminal does not want the weight of
carrying the guilt. Whenever evil does a deed in darkness and the deed
stays in darkness then the evil is permitted to keep on doing evil
things because no one knows about the deed. This is simple logic but
logic is not a friend of the darkness. Darkness despises logic.
If you have been required by any life circumstance to keep quiet
about any kind of persecution, attack, or victimization from any source
you must speak out to someone about this event. To tell yourself that
God knows and that is all that matters is fine as far as it goes but you
have not gone far enough. The trials of Jesus’ life should be a lesson
for all of us. Jesus’ trials could have been made known only to God,
but the darkness and evil that perpetrated these trials upon Jesus would
have won a huge victory if no one had ever known what the evil did to
our beloved Savior. Even if we have been the victim of an attack, or we
have been persecuted, or we have been victimized, we must still realize
a part of us put Jesus on the Cross. To speak out about the evil done to
us, to speak out about the evil done to others, or speak out about what
we might have done, is mandatory for our civilization to continue to
exist and our personal lives to remain intact.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is
impossible, but with God all things are possible." 27 Peter
answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then
will there be for us?" 28 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the
truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his
glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has
left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or
fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit
eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are
last will be first.
To come forward and speak out about the private tortures of your life
takes courage. Courage to speak out is required because one of the
greatest weapons of the darkness is fear and anxiety. Organized crime
has existed in the United States and around the world for a century
because organized crime uses fear and anxiety as a tool to keep people
silent. Satan uses fear and anxiety to keep you quiet so Satan can
continue to kill, maim, hurt, and destroy. Indeed, if we all knew about
all the darkness of the world then the world as we know it might crumble
from the weight of the shock. However, out of the crumbled world we
could rebuild a new and better world. In your life, you may falsely
believe your immediate world may crumble if you tell the whole truth,
but with God all things are possible. With God and Christ within you,
then you can have the courage to expose the truth.
Keeping dark, evil, or bad secret things bottled up inside of you is of
no value to you. Keeping secret what has been done to you when you know
these same things have been or are now being done to others implicates
you in the doing of these bad things. In the cases of domestic abuse or
violence, the victims become the perpetrators. This is why it is so
important for you to vent out what has or is being done to you. Nowhere
in the Kingdom of God are you required, in any of His wisdom, to carry
knowledge of secret evils or keep secret terrible events of which you
are a victim. On the contrary, all the world’s major religions rejoice
in the telling and the expressing of truth. If we take the greatest
sweeping look at all the greatest teachings of our Judeo-Christian
faith, these teachings show us that darkness must come to a place where
darkness must be exposed to be defeated. These teachings show us we are
the ones who must make the truth or light shine in the darkness. The
darkness of evil and corruption will never expose itself unless by
accident. We cannot win the war against the darkness by keeping secret
the methods, purposes, or ways of the darkness. For us to have Christ
alive and living within us, we must expose our personal darkness of sin
to God. In the same way, we must expose the darkness, sin, and evil that
has been done to us by others. The purveyors of darkness will get what
they deserve, no matter who they are, what they have done, or what they
are. Each of us must fully assess the world from our own shoes and look
at the implications of darkness and evil. If you fully assess the effect
of darkness and evil upon your own life then you will no doubt want
darkness and evil put to a stop. You will also not want anyone else to
experience what you have gone through. If you remain in darkness by
keeping secret those things done to you, you guarantee that others will
also be victims. Speaking out is not mandatory. You can keep silent.
However, the price of silence is paid not only by you, but by the others
who will be persecuted in the future.
People must be alerted to the dangers of the darkness and evil that lurk
in our world. If we do not expose these things then these things will
continue to plague us and do even more damage than they have already
John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you
hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know
the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Exposure of the secrets of the darkness within your life also has a
direct healing result. Not only is the healing of benefit to you but
also of benefit to every person you know and with whom you come in
contact. By revealing the dark corners you get a chance to eradicate the
creatures that live in those corners of your soul.
To keep things secret takes a toll upon you and upon your life. We were
all created to live in the Light of Christ’ love, care, and
compassion. When we carry a part of the darkness with us because of
fear, anxiety, or intimidation we have separated ourselves from Christ’
healing Light and love. To be healed from the agonies and trials of
persecution, victimization, or attack we must let others know and let
Christ know we will not stand by any longer and help the darkness win by
Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on
someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are
condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
We often get accustomed to not revealing the deeds of darkness so we
learn to live with the darkness. As is mentioned elsewhere in this
message, the victim so very often becomes like the perpetrator. In this
process, we begin to tell ourselves it is OK to carry this load on our
backs and begin to make excuses why we need to keep silent knowing all
the while we have no excuse. The longer we carry the secret garbage the
more the darkness consumes us. The powers of Satan and darkness know
these things and they use them. You can pass judgement on those who
spread the darkness but if you do not reveal it you keep them going just
as surely as if you were one of them.
Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts
only a moment.
Every day of your life you build a legacy not only for those persons you
leave behind when you die but a legacy you will take home and place
before the throne of God. What we are really speaking about here is
telling the truth. When we cut through all the excuses, the reasons, the
rationales, the rationalizations, and the lies we tell ourselves, what
we are speaking about here is telling the truth. You may have been a
target or a victim and if you have been harassed or victimized then you
need to tell the truth. Cockroaches do not like to be exposed and
neither does evil and darkness. When you tell the truth, you may
perceive that you will be under more pressure, more threats, more
danger, and difficult times ahead. Unfortunately, you may be right about
a more difficult future. However, coming forward and speaking the truth
sets you right with the world and with God. In your life, it is bad
enough that you have to battle the darkness by not telling or revealing
the truth, but you must not put yourself in a position of battling God
also. God is always on the side of the truth, no matter what the truth
is or where it leads. Some of us want to believe God only wants a
certain kind of truth to be published or made known but this belief is
in error. From God’s perspective, telling the truth is at the top of
the list. The first step in the Twelve Step process is "Be
Honest" because all inner healing, all outer healing, all of our
abilities to work our way through this life hinge upon our ability to be
honest with ourselves, with our God, and with each other.
Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the
ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be
taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper, He was
honest with God. Jesus pleaded with God to take the cup of suffering and
death away but it was God’s will that Jesus was to die for each of us.
In those moments in the Garden, Jesus was honest, real, and human. Each
of us must be honest, real, and human. To keep our lives enslaved
because we cannot or will not tell the truth about being persecuted,
attacked, or victimized in any way then reduces us to a level of being
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill
cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a
bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone
in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that
they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
In conclusion, let your own little light shine in the world. A little
light in the vast darkness can shred the power of the darkness in an
instant. Will the darkness make you pay a price for telling the truth…maybe.
Will God reward you for telling the truth…definitely and beyond your
May His peace, grace, and love be with you all the days of your life.