Summary: We have forgiveness, but there are still consequences.
The Consequences of Sin
May 8, 2011 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We have forgiveness, but there are still consequences.
Focus Passage: I Samuel 15:22-35
Supplemental Passage: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NASB)
Introduction: Karla Faye Tucker was convicted in 1983 for the murders of two people. While on death row in 1985, she picked up a Bible from the prison ministry program and prayed to receive Christ after reading it. On June 22,1992, Tucker requested that her life be spared on the basis that she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the murder and was now a reformed person. She received great support from the conservative ranks in the US, and even the brother of one of her murder victims. On February 2, 1998, Karla Faye Tucker was executed, becoming the first woman to be executed in the US since 1984.
a. Saul did not obey God and spared the life of King Agag
b. Saul made excuses that he was going to sacrifice the best to God
c. We, like Saul, make our excuses why we don’t obey God.
i. There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 16:25 NASB)
a. When confronted, Saul acknowledged his sin, but made excuses
b. He begged forgiveness and reconciliation
c. Samuel wasn’t willing to return with Saul and Saul asserted his authority, further proving he was only interested in image control.
d. We, too, are often only remorseful after we are caught. We too, make excuses for our sin. We, too, are often only interested in our image.
a. Samuel and Saul did indeed worship together, but Samuel never saw Saul again.
b. While Saul was forgiven, God had stripped him of his rank and position and would give it to someone else who would follow Him with all their heart.
c. If we are covered by the blood of Jesus, we will always be forgiven.
i. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7 NASB)
d. Sometimes, however, we may get passed over because of unconfessed sin. Confession is the key to a clear relationship with God.
i. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NASB)