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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 6/6/2013

Thursday, June 06, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 6/6/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 12:9-14
WHEN YOUR CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST, Lesson 10a

When I was growing up in Florida, it was not uncommon for there to be chickens running around in the yard. We would collect their eggs and take one hen or rooster from time to time for fried chicken or chicken and dumplings. Now, during the day, those chickens would scratch around in the yard, the pasture or sometimes they would venture into the edge of the woods. But, sometime in the afternoon, those chickens would begin to head back to their roost. They might wander far and wide, but they always went to the roost when evening came.

There is a verse in the Old Testament that says, “…and be sure your sin will find you out,” (Num. 32:23). That is not a threat. It is not even a promise. It is just a statement of the facts. Just like those chickens that could be depended on to head back to the roost at night, you can be sure of the fact that your sins will come home to you too.

We have looked at David’s sin with Bathsheba. We have watched that sin evolve from the moment it was conceived until it was committed, and then we have watched as that sin was confronted and confessed. We spend a little time talking about the consequences of David’s sin. I want to dig into that area a little deeper today.

I want to teach about “When Your Chickens Come Home To Roost”. I want to show you what we can expect when we allow sin to flourish in our lives. There are consequences and they are very unpleasant. Let’s look into (2 Samuel 12-18) and learn what to expect “When Your Chickens Come Home To Roost”.

THE PRINCIPLE DAVID ENCOUNTERED

In this dark episode David discovered a spiritual principle that holds true in every person’s life. Here is the principle: “God always instantly and completely forgives sin when there is confession and genuine repentance; but He does not remove the consequences of our sins.”

God forgave David’s sin – (2 Sam. 12:13) – That is grace!
David still had to face the consequences of his actions – (2 Sam. 12:10-11, 14) – That is reality!
Contrast “the Lord hath put away thy sin”, v. 13, and “the sword shall never depart from thine house”, (v. 10).

The principle I mentioned above is clearly demonstrated in the lives of the characters of the Bible. (Adam, Gen. 3:9-21; Moses, Num. 20:10-12; Abraham – He brought Hagar out of Egypt and paid a price, Gen. 12:10-20; Gen. 16; Jacob – He tricked his brother and his father and then he met Laban, who tricked him, Gen. chapters 27-31; Achan – He stole money and a garment, and paid a high price, Josh. 7; David – We know what he did and something of the price he paid.)

This principle is also clearly declared in the pages of the Bible, (Gal. 6:7-8). These verses teach us the following two truths: 1.) You always reap exactly what you sow. 2.) You always reap more than you sow. You will reap what you sow in this life.

These are grace verses! It was not written to Old Testament peoples; it was written to New Testament believers. Here is the idea they express: Confession and repentance do not stop the harvest! If you sow it, you will reap it!

Somehow or another we have come to believe that if we confess our sins, it will be as if they never happened. This is just not so! Yes, God gives grace, but His grace means that we do not die for our sins, (2 Sam. 12:13). Grace means that we will have God’s help to face the consequences. Grace means that we are free to come into line with God’s plan for our lives. But, grace never means that we are off the hook! Where sin is sown, a bitter harvest is always reaped.

One of our problems in dealing with sin is the fact that we learn, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.,“ (1 John 1:9), long before we encounter (Romans 6:11-13), “11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God”.
We learn that God will forgive us for our sins before we ever learn that we do not have to commit the sin in the first place, (1 Cor. 10:13). As a result, we are trained and programmed to sin! We think we can do it, confess it and walk away from it. Well, we are dead wrong! Remember this principle: “God always instantly and completely forgives sin when there is confession and genuine repentance; but He does not remove the consequences of our sins.” My advice is that we all learn it, memorize it, remember it and live by it from this moment forward!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Ezekiel 11:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Yield Not To Temptation” By: Horatio R. Palmer (1868)

1. Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
Refrain:
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

2. Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s name hold in rev’rence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
Refrain:

3. To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown,
Through faith we will conquer, though often cast down;
He who is our Savior, our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Father of Glory, God of Grace!
Thank You for Your loving kindness. We are so grateful for the blessings of salvation and the sacrifice that Jesus made to save us from our sins. Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly, not to sin but to glorify You. We need You each and every hour of the day, both physically and spiritually. You meet all our needs according to the glorious riches in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Thank You for Your heavenly guidance, Your forgiveness and healing touch. Forgive us as we forgive others. These things we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen!

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WANTSZU 6/7/2013 12:55PM

    Thank you for explaining sin, repentance and grace.

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ANHELIC 6/6/2013 11:59PM

    Thank you for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We should take a good look at ourselves and our sins. Knowing that God will forgives us does not give us the right to keep on sinning. Confession and repentance offered to God sincerely will be forgiven. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Blessings for your daily teachings.

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CANDOIT54 6/6/2013 11:29PM

    Thank you

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MNABOY 6/6/2013 11:40AM

    Amen

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/6/2013 10:22AM

    Amen!

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HONOURIA 6/6/2013 10:16AM

    People nowadays don't like or want to believe in the existence of a negative spiritual entities. So no one talks about them - which is positively great camouflage for the enemy's activity - and it contributes to a lot of ignorance.

Quite apart from the consequences of our actions on the earthly level, our sinful actions give rights to the enemy in the spiritual realm that God permits, because that was part of after effects of the mistakes made in the Garden of Eden. So our sinful acts do have consequences in more than one realm, and sometimes it takes our beloved and dedicated Christian healers a lot of work with the Lord and with us in order to rectify the spiritual and sometimes physical damage caused by our sins.

Comment edited on: 6/6/2013 10:18:32 AM

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MZLADY77 6/6/2013 8:48AM

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AZMOMXTWO 6/6/2013 7:58AM

  awesome

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SANDRALEET 6/6/2013 7:27AM

    So true We pay the piper steal go to jail smoke can get cancer overeat fat drink to much liver problems and the list goes on and on

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/5
What David had done in secret, the Lord would do in the open. Everyone would know what David had done and he would pay the price in full view of the world. This is one of the great tragedies of sin in our lives. It has the power to expose us. It may be hidden for a while, but eventually, the truth will come out and the sin and the sinner will be exposed. Think of what this could mean for your life and your family. Think of what this could mean for any ministry for the Lord you might hope to have. Protect yourself and stay away from sin. In the end, it will always tell on you. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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JUDITH316 6/6/2013 4:44AM

    emoticon for sharing Vic...

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FLEMIDG 6/6/2013 12:49AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ANHELIC 6/6/2013 12:44AM

    Sin can sure rise up and we won't be able to escape from it. We will pay the price for it when we least expect it.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/5/2013 9:00AM

    Amen!

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SANDRALEET 6/5/2013 8:46AM

    We are sinners God cured us from the sins we did Those we do now we have to ask forgiveness We are forgiven put we are punished by God So was David

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MIMIDOT 6/5/2013 8:44AM

    Amen! Thank you for sharing. God bless you all!

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NEENSTER1 6/5/2013 8:38AM

    He Himself bore out sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Amen! Thank you Jesus emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 6/5/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing, Vic!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/5/2013

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/5/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
2 Samuel 12:1-15

THOU ART THE MAN, Lesson 9c

v. 13 THE CLEANSING OF DAVID’S SIN

The Sin Is Confessed – When David hears the charges, suddenly his mind is clear. For the first time in months he can see the situation just as it is and he makes a full and honest confession.

The Sin Is Cleansed – As soon as David confesses He is told that his sins have been forgiven and that he will not be put to death as the Law demanded, (Lev. 20:10). Instead of justice, David has received mercy and grace. He has been forgiven and he has been pardoned! The time of alienation from God is over! He is restored! Here is what David said happened when he dealt with his sins, (Psalm 32:1-5).

This is how God always operates. When sin is confessed openly and honestly, it is forgiven by the Lord. David is told that God has “put away” his sin. That phrase means “to take away, to pass over.” God took David’s sins and took them away from him. As far as David and God were concerned they were gone forever!

That is a blessing and that is what happens when we come to Him for forgiveness. When we deal with our sins in open and honest confession, God forgives them and removes their stain from our lives, (1 John 1:9; Pro. 28:13). That is how sin is to be handled, and when it is, forgiveness and restoration are always the result!

v. 10-12; 14-15 THE CONSEQUENCES OF DAVID’S SIN

The fact that sin was forgiven and cleansed away did not mean that there would not be some fallout from what had taken place. The next few verses teach us the truth that David paid dearly for his sins!

v. 10-11 There Were Permanent Consequences – Because David had seen to it that Uriah had been killed with violence; violence would never depart from David’s family. What a tragic price David paid for his sin! He would later lose three of his own sons in a violent manner, Amnon, (2 Sam. 13:28-29); Absalom, (2 Sam. 18:14-15); and Adonijah,(1 Kings 2:24-25). The sin David committed affected him and his family for years to come. He would see his wives treated with the same contempt he had shown for Bathsheba. His own son, Absalom, would go in to his father’s wives in public view, (2 Sam. 16:21-22)! As we will see later, his sin paralyzed David when it came to dealing with sin in the lives of his children. The knowledge of his own sins caused him to do nothing about the sins of his sons. We will explore that more thoroughly next time. In the final analysis, David paid a high price for a night of sin! Of course, that is what God says will come to pass, (Gal. 6:7). The sin may have been forgiven, but the events that were started in motion had to play themselves out.

No one sins in a vacuum. You might think that what you do affects no one but yourself. You are dead wrong! When you sin, your sin and the ripples it causes touch everyone around you. When you sin it touches your family, your church, your work, your school, your community, your friends, everything! God will forgive the sin when it is repented of and confessed, but that which was started in motion will play itself out in your life and in the lives of those touched by it.

That is a sobering thought! Before you take that final step and go off into sin, think about how your sin is going to affect those around you. How will it affect my family? How will it affect the church? What will be the outcome? What damage will this do to the cause of Jesus? If you will stop and think, you will not commit that sin!

v. 12 There Were Public Consequences – What David had done in secret, the Lord would do in the open. Everyone would know what David had done and he would pay the price in full view of the world.

This is one of the great tragedies of sin in our lives. It has the power to expose us. It may be hidden for a while, but eventually, the truth will come out and the sin and the sinner will be exposed. Think of what this could mean for your life and your family. Think of what this could mean for any ministry for the Lord you might hope to have. Protect yourself and stay away from sin. In the end, it will always tell on you, (Num. 32:23).

v. 14b-15 There Were Painful Consequences – As part of David’s punishment, God allowed the baby born of David’s adulterous affair to become sick and die. Can you imagine having to go home and tell the child’s mother that her baby was going to die? Could you imagine going home and watching the child die? Well, David prayed for the baby, (12:16-19), but the child died just as God had said he would. David paid a terrible price for his sin!

We may sow our wild oats and pray for crop failure, but I cannot stress too strongly the truth that we always reap what we sow, (Gal. 6:7). There is a high price on sin, are you willing to pay it? Are you willing to see it paid by your family, or by others you know and love? God help us to see how horrible sin is!)

v. 14a There Were Profound Consequences – Of all the horrible things that came out of David’s sin with Bathsheba, perhaps the worst is the fact that it dishonored the name of the Lord among the unbelievers who were watching. If God allowed David to get away with this sin, then those who did not know the Lord would conclude that God was soft on sin and unfair in His judgment of sin. In other words, they would say things about the Lord that were untrue and be guilty of blasphemy. In fact, David’s sin boils down to a personal rejection of God, His Law and His way. David was guilty of blasphemy on a personal level. God would not stand for that. David must be judged!

One of the worst outcomes when any believer sins is the ammunition it gives to unbelievers. When a believer openly sins, God’s reputation is tarnished and His name is blasphemed. Our first thought ought to always be for God to be glorified, (1 Cor. 10:31). When we sin, we are seeking to glorify self! In other words, we put ourselves in the place of God. That is treason; that is blasphemy; and that is opening the door for the judgment of God to fall in our lives. Our lives are to draw men to Jesus, (Matt. 5:16); and not push them farther away. When we are guilty of low living that hinders the cause of Christ and that brings dishonor to the name of the Lord, we can expect nothing less than His chastisement!

Conc: Once there was a little boy who had a bad habit of lying. He just couldn't seem to stop telling lies. Fed up, his father said to him, "I have to teach you that you are not to lie. Every time you tell a lie I'm going to tell you to take a nail to the post in the backyard and drive a nail in that post." It wasn't long until the post was just about full of nails. The little boy's heart was touched and he said, "Oh, Daddy, I see what you're talking about. I'm so sorry I've been lying. What can I do?" The father said, "Son, ask God to forgive you of your lies and then start telling the truth. Son, every time you tell the truth, I'll pull a nail out." The little boy started telling the truth and nails started coming out. It wasn't long until all the nails were out. The father came out and the little boy was sitting at the post crying. He said, "Son, don't be crying. It's so wonderful. All the nails are out of the post." He said, "I know daddy, but the scars, the nail prints, are still there."

God will forgive your sins, but the scars will always be there. If there is anything to take to heart from this sermon that is it! Sin is horrible, it destroys everything and everyone it touches; but sin can be forgiven. Thank God! What we need to know is that when we commit sin, we are starting a process that may continue for years and that may touch many people before it ends. Is that really a chance you want to take?

There may come a time when you will hear God say to you, “Thou Art The Man!” That time may be today! If there are issues in your life that need to be dealt with today, now is the time to bring them to Him. If you have never trusted Jesus as you Savior and Lord, you are in the greatest trouble of all. Come to Jesus now and be saved.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 17:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Bring My Sins To Thee” By: Frances R. Havergal (1870)

I bring my sins to Thee,
The sins I cannot count,
That all may cleansèd be
In Thy once opened Fount;
I bring them, Savior, all to Thee;
The burden is too great for me,
The burden is too great for me.

I bring my grief to Thee,
The grief I cannot tell;
No words shall needed be,
Thou knowest all so well;
I bring the sorrow laid on me,
O suffering Savior, all to Thee,
O suffering Savior, all to Thee.

My joys to Thee I bring,
The joys Thy love has given,
That each may be a wing
To lift me nearer Heaven;
I bring them, Savior, all to Thee,
Who hast procured them all for me,
Who hast procured them all for me.

My life I bring to Thee,
I would not be my own;
O Savior, let me be
Thine ever, Thine alone;
My heart, my life, my all I bring
To Thee, my Savior and my King,
To Thee, my Savior and my King.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, God of Compassion!
Rescue us from the storms of sin, and calm the troubles seas that surround us so easily. Teach us how to deal with our fears and the howling winds of sin while turning our eyes and ears and hearts to Your Word and Voice. Thank You for Your loving concern. Thank You for the gift of sight, for the beauty of all Your creation. Thank You for the sense of hearing, for those sounds that guide us and warn us of impending dangers. Thank You for the grace of heart, to feel Your presence, Your truth Your mercy and Your forgiveness. Bring us into a closer walk and relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. These thing we pray and ask today in His glorious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/6/2013 12:50AM

    Thank you Vic for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. Sin will always get us in trouble and we won't be able to hide our sins. God will find us out and our punishment will come when we least expect it. W can't hide sin in a box. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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HONOURIA 6/5/2013 10:16PM

    What a wonderful lesson to give to a child about lying. Graphic - so hard to refute. I love the reversal - pulling them out for truth.

Great blog.

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CANDOIT54 6/5/2013 9:24PM

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AEGISHOT 6/5/2013 5:34PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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NELLIEH1 6/5/2013 12:55PM

    How precious that we are indeed fully forgiven in the precious bood of Christ jesus our Lord! However, the scars and consequences remain for our life times.

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NADINEL 6/5/2013 10:22AM

    Thank you for these blogs. I don't comment often, but I do read them and appreciate the time you take to share the Word of God. Enjoy your week!

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FERGSGIRL2 6/5/2013 10:19AM

    thank you, a great blog with so much truth. A great lesson for believers and non-believers.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/5/2013 8:57AM

    emoticon again for the lesson.

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SANDRALEET 6/5/2013 7:57AM

    That is just as true today as it was then

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AZMOMXTWO 6/5/2013 7:38AM

  thank ypu

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/4
Never think for a minute that sin can be successfully hidden away forever. God knows exactly where it is buried, and when the time is right, he will place His finger right on the sore spot and He will press. He will confront that hidden sin and expose it for what it is! That will be a shocking day in the life of the guilty party. That is why it is so important for us to keep short accounts with God! DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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AZMOMXTWO 6/5/2013 7:37AM

  very true

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ANHELIC 6/4/2013 11:49PM

    Even though we are not perfect, knowing that we are a child of God keeps us on the straight and narrow path.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/4/2013 10:57AM

    Sin also is like a hiding lion. It will jump on you when you don't expect it! Thanks for the message.

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PATRICIA441 6/4/2013 9:26AM

  I truly do not understand how anyone without Jesus in their life survives this troubled world. Thanking God I am His child and for His love and mercy!

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SANDRALEET 6/4/2013 9:10AM

    We are not perfect put a work in progress

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/4/2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/4/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
2 Samuel 12:1-15

THOU ART THE MAN, Lesson 9b

v. 1-9 THE CONFRONTATION OF DAVID’S SIN
We may wonder why the Lord waited to deal with David’s sin. One answer may lie in the fact that David probably was not ready to be confronted when the sin was first committed. He might have rebelled at that time, caught up as he was in his pleasure and the cover-up. God confronted David and He did so at the perfect time to secure the right response.

God will use the same tactics in your life and mine! We may feel like we are getting a pass for a time, but we need to be aware that God is working behind the scenes. And, when the time is right, He will confront our sins and call us back to Him. By the way, people never get away with sin, (Gal. 6:7; Num. 32:23).

v. 1-7a The Shock Of The Confrontation – Let’s look at the story Nathan told. God sent Nathan the Prophet, a man David respected to confront his sin. Nathan came in with a story about a rich man with many sheep who took the only lamb belonging to a poor neighbor to feed a man who was just passing through. Nathan emphasizes the fact that the poor man’s lamb was precious to him, and represented all that he had in this world, (v. 3).

When David hears this tale, he is livid! He demands that the rich man restore the poor man four-fold, and then he orders the rich man to be executed. Isn’t it amazing that the man who excuses sin in his own life can be so harsh and so critical when dealing with sin in the lives of others?

Then David hears words that he never thought he would hear. Nathan looks at him and says “Thou art the man! It’s you David! You took the only thing Uriah had in this life and then you took his life. You had it all, but you wanted more! Thou are the man!” David has been exposed, he has been found out! The sin that was so carefully hidden away is exposed for all to see! A traveler named “Lust” came to the palace one evening and David fed that stranger a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. Now, there is a price to pay!

Never think for a minute that sin can be successfully hidden away forever. God knows exactly where it is buried, (Heb. 4:13), and when the time is right, he will place His finger right on the sore spot and He will press. He will confront that hidden sin and expose it for what it is! That will be a shocking day in the life of the guilty party. That is why it is so important for us to keep short accounts with God!

For a long time I pictured Nathan pointing his finger like a laser at David’s nose as he furrowed his brow and lifted his voice to yell, “Thou art the man!” But, I am more inclined to think now that Nathan may have said those words with tears coursing down his cheeks. I think his heart was broken over having to confront his friend.

By the way, there may come a day when you will have to confront a sin in someone’s life. In the course of my ministry, I have had to do that. If that day comes, do not do it in anger or in self-righteousness. Do it in a spirit of love and with a broken heart; realizing that were it not for the grace of God it could be you who was being confronted, (Gal. 6:1-2).

v. 7b-9 The Shame Of The Confrontation – Now David is reminded of all that the Lord has done for him. God had chosen him, saved him, blessed him and elevated him to the throne of Israel. God had given him more than he could have ever imagined and God would have given him so much more, if he had only wanted it, and this is how David repays the Lord for His grace and kindness. What a stinging rebuke! Surely it melted the heart of the King!

The blessings of God and the grace of God that we have been given ought to serve as a shield against evil! To think of all that He has done for us and then to consider how we treat Him. The Lord deserves far better than He receives from His children!

v. 9a The Sorrow Of The Confrontation – You can almost hear the sadness in the voice of Nathan as he asks that pitiful question in verse 9. “Why did you do this? After the Lord has been so good to you! How could you!?” It must have broken the heart of the Lord to see the man that He called “a man after God’s own heart” in this pitiful condition.

I would imagine that our sins hurt Him just as deeply. Look at all He has done for us! He loved us. He gave His Son to die for us. He saved us when we should have been thrown in to Hell. He has been good to us, meeting our needs, lifting our burdens, blessing us in ten thousand little ways. And, we act like we owe Him nothing! When sin comes our way, we forget who we are; we forget about the Lord; we lose ourselves in the pleasure of the moment. I know it must break His heart! Some years ago Ray Boltz wrote a song called “Feel The Nails”. The second verse of that song goes like this:

Verse 2: Seems I'm so good at breaking promises
and I treat His precious grace so carelessly
But each time He forgives, what if He relives
The agony He felt on that tree
Chorus: Does He still feel the nails every time I fail?
Can He hear the crowd cry, Crucify again?
Am I causing Him pain, then I know I've got to change,
I just can't bare the thought of hurting Him.

God help us to consider what our sins do to Him! This thing is not about us, our pleasure or our happiness. This life is about Him, first and foremost, (Matt. 6:33).

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 14:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He Bore It All” By: J. R. Baxter, Jr. (1926)

My precious Savior suffered pain and agony
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
He broke the bonds of sin and set the captive free
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus:
He bore it all (Jesus bore it all) that I might see His shining face
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
I stood condemned to die but Jesus took my place
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

They placed a crown of thorns upon my Savior's head
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
My cruel man, with spear, his side was pierced and bled
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus

Up Calvary's hill in shame the blessed Savior trod
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
Between two thieves they crucified the Son of God
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus (x2)
TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Grace, God Of Mercy!

We cry out to You for deliverance from the pits of sin in which we find ourselves, pits that we have dug for ourselves. We confess our sins to you for You are a Forgiving God, a Merciful God, a Gracious God. Deliver us from all those things that keeps us from becoming all you want us to be. In the midst of our fallen situation, even in the most hopeless situations, we cry out to You for You are a God of miracles and compassion. Free us from our sins, for we pray and ask these things in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/4/2013 11:57PM

    Thank you for a great lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. It is inevitable that we will sin, but as a child of God, it is up to us to confess to God and ask forgiveness. When we are sincere, He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Great teaching Vic.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/4/2013 10:57AM

    Thank you!

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HONOURIA 6/4/2013 10:53AM

    God's timing is always perfect. He's amazing. And Nathan had an unenviable task there. That's a tough thing to have to do.

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SANDRALEET 6/4/2013 7:41AM

    We are all sinner If we think not the truth is not in us

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