Summary: Examining the severce consequences that come as a result of sin in the life of a child of God.
The Severity Of Sinfulness
If you have turned on your T.V in the past couple of weeks you have heard about several NFL players who have been suspended as a result of their detestable actions in their personal lives. Some of these men may potentially be banned for life, some are facing criminal charges that may result in prison time, they may lose multi-million dollar contracts as well as other consequences from their poor decisions. They are not the only ones who are suffering as a result of their actions. Their choices have had an impact on their families, their teams and the NFL as a whole.
In life, there are severe consequences to bad decisions. And the Christian life is no different. Today we have read a portion of scripture that covers a difficult time in the life of King David. Several months earlier he faced temptation and did not even put up a fight. He committed adultery with another man’s wife. Bathsheba became pregnant and David was in trouble. To try and hide his sin, David arranged the murder of her husband Uriah. After all this, David spent a great deal of time away from the Lord. He had ample opportunity to repent and be restored but he continued in his rebellion. As a result of his sin, great trouble came into his life. I want you to understand that David’s sins did not just impact him, they affected his entire family.
Some of you may be in a situation similar to what David faced. You may have rebelled and turned away from the Lord. You must comprehend the fact that your sin has far reaching consequences. I want to look at this time in King David’s life and preach on this subject: “The Severity Of Sinfulness” Let’s begin in verses 1-4 and see:
I. THE CONFRONTATION OF YOUR SIN v1-4
If you have sinned against the Lord, you can rest assured that your sin will be confronted. In verse 1 we see:
A. THE PROCESS OF THIS CONFRONTATION- v1a And the LORD sent Nathan unto David.
The Lord will get His message across to you when you have sinned. There are ways that He will confront your sin.
1) HE WILL USE HIS MAN
In times past God used Prophets & Apostles. Praise God He still has some men who will stand and boldly preach the truth. God may use His man to say something to confront your sin. If the man of God confronts your sin; it will be because He is declaring the Word of God. This shows us another way that God will confront your sin.
2) HE WILL USE HIS WORD
Nathan was a Prophet called by God. God sent Nathan to confront David. But Nathan was just a vessel that the Lord used to deliver HIS message. If David received this message, he would be receiving the Word of God. If David rejected this message, he would have been rejecting the Lord… not Nathan.
In Ezekiel Chapter 3, the Lord told Ezekiel that He had a message for him to share with the people. The Lord told Ezekiel that the people wouldn’t listen to that message. Regardless of their response, Ezekiel was to give them the Word of the Lord. Many people rejected the Word spoken by the Prophets. Many people rejected the Word spoken by the Apostles, Many of you reject the Word that I speak each and ever week. But you are not rejecting me, you are REJECTING THE WORD OF YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER! - Not only will the Lord use His Man & His Word to confront your sin…
3) HE WILL USE THE HOLY SPIRIT
When you have sin in your life (as a believer) you don’t need anyone to tell you, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN REVEALED TO YOU! If you walk out of those doors today refusing to repent of your sins: You are walking away from a loving God who has revealed your backslidden condition to you! You are walking away from an opportunity to be restored. You are walking away from an opportunity to regain that peace, hope and joy that you once knew!
Some of you are telling the Holy Spirit “leave me alone, I don’t want to deal with you right now”! Would you say that if Jesus was standing in front of you? When you quench the Holy Spirit you are doing the exact same thing!
That is the Process of this confrontation, notice also:
B. THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONFRONTATION- v1b …And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.