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“Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:12-14
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins.
‘Presumptuous’ is failing to observe the limits of what is permitted. For example, believers have this idea that we must mingle with the world and become like it in order to influence lives for God. But the only way to win others is to be different ourselves, (not to be like them) and thus attract them to our light by something they lack. Also, mostly our leaders are the ones who fail to observe the limits of what they’re permitted. I shan’t dig deeper about this but think of the Pharisees and Sadducees, the husbandmen, the false prophets and teachers, all the evil workers and those who have confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:2-3 says, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” These are people operating beyond the limit of function, office, scripture or above that God has revealed himself.
The world expects christians to be different but the problem christians themselves don’t know what it means to be different. If we talk, walk, dress and act like the world how can anyone tell whether we are christians or not? Paul said, “And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:7-8). Come on believers, stop giving an uncertain sound, the world wants to know what things you stand for – speak the things that becomes sound doctrine or Christlike.
There must be a difference, and know this today, separation is still the call of God;
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Learn to draw boundaries; 1 John 2:15 tells us to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world…” and James 4:4 says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” He calls us adulterers and adulteresses because we seem to flirt with the world.
What don’t we understand there?
The separated life does mean separation from the world, period; from the secret faults, from those presumptuous sins, from worldly companions and from worldly partnerships. You should no longer love worldly pleasures when born again – instead make friends with the people of God.
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
What that means is, and I quote Colossians 3:1-5, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Here what David says,
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11
Tremendous, isn’t it?
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.