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Spiderman Weave
10/21/2012
Scripture: Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:8-10; 2 Samuel ...
Track 5 of 12 in the Soul Detox series
Running time: 1 hour, 03 minutes, 02 seconds.
Let me be blunt here when it comes to sin, all of us have a life-altering choice to make. We can go on attempting to hide our sins and think we fool those around us and God or we can come out of hiding and get help for a sin weve committed and continue to do so. If we choose to continue to hide our sins, our sins just might take us father than we planned to go and might just cost us way more than we can pay. That is the easy road, so we think.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Hazardous Waste
Spiderman Weave

To better understand what we are talking about in the physical world, I went and looked at the EPA’s definition of hazardous waste. As soon as I read it, it reminded me of several warnings the writers of the New Testament wrote about. See if any come to mind from this definition.

Hazardous Waste: A hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. There are four factors that determine whether or not a substance is hazardous: * ignitability (i.e., flammable) *reactivity *corrosivity *toxicity

All in all in the spiritual world, the definition of waste that is dangerous to us is sin. The affect of continued sin in our lives matches the definition of physical hazardous waste. Sin is dangerous. Sin can kill, it can ignite unhealthy passions and desires, spreads quickly and can eat a persons soul like acid. Sin is to be avoided at all cost and when exposed, it needs to be handled very carefully because it is toxic.

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.
Benjamin Franklin

Why does God hate sin? The affects eat away at the relationship He desires to have with us. Man’s sin ruined the perfect relationship God created between He and mankind. It is only through the grace of God that He gave us our lives back again and restored that relationship by going to the Cross on our behalf. Our sin today is a waste that eats away at our personal relationship with God.

True or False: My first reaction to sin is to cover it up?

Why is that? Why is it that when we do something wrong we don’t want anyone to know about it?

When we conceal our sins from others, what danger lingers close by? It helps us to cling to a false hope that if others don’t know about what we did, the act won’t be as bad. If we are really self-deceived, we pretend that our mistake didn't even happen at all.

It is like pouring maple syrup down a car’s gas tank and then hiding the empty syrup bottle so that you won’t be discovered. Your sticky sin damages the car’s fuel tank and capacity to operate, whether others know about it or not. The result is damage. When Adam and Eve first sinned and then tried to hide it, their sin set off a chain reaction that extends to our choices today. Their sin ignited a firestorm of sinful behavior throughout the generations all the way up to us.

We see a pattern develop after Adams and Eve’s sin: Someone sins, they cover it up, they deny it. Is this your pattern also? What happens to you right after you commit a sin?

Hiding your sin might make life easier in the short run, but it always becomes worse over time. What are some of the Biblical examples?

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

The writer here tells us a straight fact, those of us who sin and confess right away receives a blessing from God and finds mercy and forgiveness. What is the blessing that comes from confession? Peace! How many people live in fear everyday attempting to hide their sins and bad behavior? Confession brings relief and cleanses the conscience from the destruction of the deception. And in many cases, your attempt at hiding the truth really didn't work. The only one fooled is yourself…others already knew what you did.

We all have hidden sins in our lives. If you say you don’t then you lie; lie to yourself, lie to others and lie to God. John wrote it this way:

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Let me be blunt here when it comes to sin, all of us have a life-altering choice to make. We can go on attempting to hide our sins and think we fool those around us and God or we can come out of hiding and get help for a sin we've committed and continue to do so. If we choose to continue to hide our sins, our sins just might take us father than we planned to go and might just cost us way more than we can pay. That is the easy road, so we think.

Or we can travel a more difficult road, the narrow way that leads to life. We can confess our sins before God and deal with the consequences of our actions. To seek God’s mercy and face the consequences with the people affected by our sins, we will experience a liberating joy way beyond what we can imagine. But it requires us to quit hiding and start seeking.

The Inevitable Outcome

True or False: Our secrets always come to light one way or another.

If this is true, then why do so many try to hide their sins? Do you really believe this is true? How many of you from your behavior actually act out what you true think, that this is false?

The fact is, time will tell. The secret might be hidden for awhile, maybe even for decades but time will eventually catch up with your deception. There are so many examples of this in the Bible when man trying to hide his sin by hiding what he did. Are there any examples?

When it comes to sinning, there is a syndrome many of us suffer from called the Spiderman Weave. In fact this syndrome was written about way before Spiderman was even invented yet. Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish poet probably had King David in mind when he wrote:

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

When King David found out that Bathsheba was pregnant with his child, what plan did he weave trying to cover up their mistake?

Plan A: Bring Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, back from the war hoping he would have sex with his wife thus able to pin the child on him. It didn't work; what happened?

2 Samuel 11:6-11 (NIV)
So David sent this word to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent him to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master's servants and did not go down to his house. When David was told, "Uriah did not go home," he asked him, "Haven't you just come from a distance? Why didn't you go home?" Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"

Plan B: Get Uriah drunk and watch his noble valor fall as he sleeps with his wife. It didn't work. What happened? He slept outside his house again.

Plan C: Send Uriah back to the war and place him on the front lines. A plot was conceived to allow Uriah to be killed in battle. That plan worked and a man of honor who did nothing wrong was sacrificed to cover up the sin of David. It lasted for a while but was finally exposed by Nathan the prophet in a public setting for all to hear.

Here is a hard question to ask, how far will you go or have you gone to cover up a personal sin in your life?

We might not go as far as murder but when it comes to protecting our reputation, status, material possessions or other relationships because of what we've done, the temptation is to fall prey to the “Spiderman Weave “ and start spinning some sticky webs.

Plan A: So we go about erasing our history on our iPhone, iPad, or laptop hoping no one discovers the sites we visited. Or we go about hiding the bottle so no one knows what pills we've popped or drinks we drank. We bury the wrappers, packages, or jugs from all the candy, chips and ice cream we've devoured.

Plan B: And if we get caught, lie, deflect, make up a wild story involving “a friend” who’s addicted to whatever the evidence would indicate. And if that doesn't work, go to plan C.

Plan C: Play the victim. Blame the other person, or your spouse, or your kids or your parents or anyone just so we aren't to blame. Shout as loud as possible that if that person had been doing what they were supposed to be doing, then we wouldn't have done what we did.

What is the number one plan when caught in an affair? Plan C – play the victim and blame the spouse for not doing what they were supposed to do. Not enough sex, didn't pay enough attention and the list goes on and on.

No matter how hard we try, we are not hiding our sins from God.

Luke 8:17 (NIV)
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.

There will be a day of reckoning. Oh it might not happen now, or years latter or maybe never in your lifetime, but it will happen eventually in front of God. So what do we do? What is the remedy? Let’s start with confession to God. We confess to God because we need his forgiveness. And the amazing story of his grace through Jesus is that there is no sin too dark for his light. There is no sin to gross for his grace. There is no sin that we've committed that God won’t forgive when we confess to him and turn away from it.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.