Summary: God is interested in changing people!
God is still in the Changing Business
2 Cor 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This is a wonderful thing for man to understand. And man must understand that God is not interested in changing himself, but is interested in changing man.
A. David...a man after Gods own heart
David grew up watch and tending to his father’s sheep...the fall of Saul, rise of anointing of David...
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
*Notice-here in this verse David is asking God to renew a right spirit within him.
For his spirit needing to be renewed then it first had to have been at one time in the right condition. Because you don’t renew that which is already good or in the same condition as it was when purchased. So something had to happen...
The 51 Psalm was written by David sometime after that Nathan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bath-Sheba.
We have here a man "David" King of Israel arise out of bed and strolling out to the roof of the Kings house. And while he is out there he notices a woman in the neighboring house bathing her self...The bible says that she was very beautiful to look upon. So undoubtedly she caught the eye of David. David then sends for her and commits adultery with her.
David first saw Bathsheba
Then he sent after her
Finally he sinned with her
There was a rapid development from lust to sin here which falls in line with...
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
And David realized this so when confronted with his sin he ends up repenting. And by the time his life is over he was Israel’s finest King and died leaving the kingdom to his son. God establishes David kingdom for his obedience.
B. Paul-the persecutor, the persecuted
1. Starts out at war against the Church
-Took part in Stephens death
-Threw Christians it prison
-Voted to put them to death
-Compelled them through torture and blaspheme
-Made havoc of the church
-Persecuted the church beyond measure and wasted it
2. Ended fighting the good fight of faith
-En route to Damascus to persecute believers
-Was knocked down and blinded by a heavenly light
-Heard and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior
Paul was referred to as a Hebrew of the Hebrews: Full of zeal
In attempting to keep the law
In attempting to destroy the church
But God had other plans for Paul...On road to Damascus...
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutes: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.