While I was still living with my parents, I was heading to the office in the morning but could not find the car key. I searched for it everywhere to no avail. I had a prompt to check the car itself. I found it locked inside the car.

I remembered that Dad had a spare key. I went to ask for it. He scolded me a bit and reminded me not to be careless. I apologised.

Some days later, I began to look for the car key again. Dad was aware but I did not bother him. When I discovered that I locked the key in the car, I was embarrassed. But I knew where the spare key was. I helped myself and returned the spare key.

But the catch was the next morning when Dad asked me, “Temi, where did you find your key yesterday”. I was afraid of being scolded and corrected so I “rationalized”: “Dad, it was just lying somewhere”. Dad nodded and went out.

But as I got to work that morning, the Holy Spirit convicted me about the lie. I lost my peace. I sent Dad a message that I am sorry for lying. I confessed that I locked up the key. My peace was restored.

First, remember to always call a sin what it is- Sin! It is rationalizing that makes you ask questions like, “Is pre-marital sex a sin”. There is nothing like pre-marital sex or extra-marital affair in the Word of the Lord. It is fornication and adultery. If you will be free from sin, do not call it a sweet name. Call it sin. Do not rationalize.

Second, do not let the devil help you find a good reason to cover a bad deed. King Saul was instructed to kill all the animals of the Amalekites. He kept the fat rams and the good-looking ones aside. When he was confronted by the Prophet Samuel, he had a “good reason” for disobedience. He said they wanted to sacrifice to the Lord. The prophet Samuel had a “king-sized correction” also:

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 NLT

A good offering cannot cover up for disobedience. Do not let the devil put it in your heart that you can bribe God with sacrifices while you walk in disobedience. It will not work. There is such a thing called repentance:

Admit that you are wrong.
Repent of the Wrong. Do not use tongues to cover it. Say it in words.
You will see how the joy is restored to your heart.

Do not stay so long rationalizing sin that it now feels normal to you. There is a way you live a lie so much that the lie no longer feels like a lie. Do not kill your conscience.

Hear King David:

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalms 51:12‭, ‬16‭-‬17 NLT

Do not pretend and package before the only one who knows you! Repent and get your joy back.

temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.

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