Summary: David learned and we must see that without sacrifice...we gain nothing! And our lives will not please God...

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SERMON: “No Cost? Your Loss!....

The Cost of a Christ-Centered Life"

Jennifer Mears 11/1/2006

Text: II Samuel Chapter 24

(Read the text ----FULL CHAPTER----focus on last two verses)

David had sinned ---he committed a great sin by numbering the people of Israel

· text does not state exactly what the sin was

· Interpreted as: The sin was not in the counting and numbering of the people, but it was in David’s disobedient heart…and the fall of PRIDE! And, that David was trusting in the size of his empire ….the military number and strength RATHER THAN leaning on God and trusting on HIS DIVINE Protection and Care! AND GOD WANTED ISRAEL TO TRUST IN HIM!

I have often wondered just what blessings I have missed or how much trouble I have brought upon myself because I failed to hear and obey God.

Would my family or my friends… or co-workers be living different lives if we had spent more time in prayer or daily family devotions?

Praying in faith for their deliverances, salvations, blessings, etc.

Would I be walking on a different/better path than I’m right now?

What would be different? What if I had learned early to obey His voice----sooner…..more clearly….more often?

How much time…money…and gifts have I wasted?

The lesson in this is - God prefers our trust in Him over in our own numbers or ideas or, power, knowledge and strength!

We can’t go back and correct the past, but we can do what is right from now on.

· Repent

· make things right with God

· BUT we may need to suffer the consequences of making some bad decisions.

Just as David did when he realized the price for his failure, we must also stop and count the cost of what has happened already and see where God wants us to go now.

David was given 3 Punishment Choices for his sin Moses warned of all of these punishments for those who broke God’s Covenants. – Deuteronomy 28:15-68

(ask congregation to write down scripture and read later during their own devotional time)

1. 7 years of famine (causing them to have to depend on others for food provision and water…weakening his army and kingdom)

2. 3 months of flight (running from the enemy)

3. 3 days of plague (unknown origin)

David said that “all of them are terrible”! He said, ”BUT, God’s Mercy is great and I would rather not fall into human hands….I will choose 3 days of plague.”

David realized that God would be more merciful than a person. “HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER”!!!

· Mercies- speaks of a Mother’s tender compassion for her child AND even in God’s Wrath, God has tender mercy on those he disciplines.

· The nature of the plague was not specified in the text but we know it was originated (created) by The Lord.

God had sent the Death Angel….The Angel had already destroyed 70,000 men before David could find a place to build an altar of repentance…..

Not only was David dealing with all that, now, God instructs David through the prophet Gad, to purchase a threshing floor and not just any threshing floor, but Araunah’s (uh-raw-nah) –later known as Ornan in Biblical writings)…this was to be the place to build the altar.

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