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The High Cost Of Low Living

2 Samuel 11
(RA-1978, Programs: 3817 & 3917, Air dates: 09.17.17 & 09.24.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Can a child of God sin? Yes.
    2. Can a child of God sin and not suffer? No.
    3. David was a man after God’s own heart.
      1. Acts 13:22
    4. David was:
      1. A king.
      2. A poet.
      3. A musician.
      4. A mighty warrior.
      5. Humble.
      6. Brave.
      7. Noble.
        1. 1 Samuel 26:23
    5. Yet David fell into deep, dark, hateful, heinous sin.
    6. The Bible doesn’t hide the scars on David’s life.
      1. 2 Samuel 11:1-5
  2. THE TRAGIC CAUSE OF DAVID’S SIN
    1. The sin of idleness.
      1. 2 Samuel 11:1-2
      2. The harvest was over and the battles had begun, but David stayed in Jerusalem and was lazy.
      3. here are two fields in which each one of us needs to stay in:
        1. The battlefield
        2. The harvest field
      4. This is the sin of omission.
        1. David isn’t doing something wrong at this point; he’s just failing to do something right.
        2. James 4:17
        3. Every sin is ultimately a sin of omission: if we are doing what we ought to do, then we cannot be doing what we ought not to do.
      5. There is a time for legitimate rest, but this passage speaks of laziness, idleness.
        1. Proverbs 24:33-34
        2. We are to stay busy, to be occupied.
          1. Luke 19:13
    2. The sin of carelessness.
      1. 2 Timothy 2:3
      2. David didn’t fall at his point of weakness, but rather, at the point of his strength – his integrity.
        1. Psalm 26:1
        2. An unguarded strength is a double weakness.
        3. The great men of God who fell did so at their point of strength.
          1. Simon Peter fell at the point of his courage.
            1. Luke 22:33
        4. Proverbs 4:23
    3. The sin of impulsiveness.
      1. 2 Samuel 11:1-2
      2. David had not planned to commit adultery with Bathsheba.
      3. Sin is oftentimes a combination of three things:
        1. An undetected weakness
        2. An unexpected opportunity
        3. An unprotected life
      4. David never dreamed that he would have committed this sin.
    4. The sin of callousness.
      1. 2 Samuel 11:6-15
      2. David’s sin with Bathsheba was a hot-blooded sin.
      3. David’s sin with Uriah was a cold-blooded sin.
        1. David’s heart had become hardened.
      4. Hebrews 3:13
    5. The sin of stubbornness.
      1. David was under great conviction, but he went one whole year without repenting.
      2. David was not only cold, but he began to rationalize his sin.
      3. He was stonewalling God.
  3. THE TREMENDOUS COST OF DAVID’S SIN
    1. 2 Samuel 11:27
      1. David’s sin displeased the Lord, and he knew it.
      2. Psalm 38:1-2
    2. What happens when a child of God sins?
      1. There are words of rebuke.
        1. Psalm 38:1
        2. God will speak to us through His Holy Spirit to rebuke us.
      2. There are arrows of conviction.
        1. Psalm 38:2
        2. If we live in sin and there is no conviction of the Holy Spirit, then we should examine whether or not we are truly saved.
          1. Hebrews 12:6
      3. There is the hand of pressure.
        1. Psalm 38:2
        2. God doesn’t toss us away when we sin; He puts His hand upon us and squeezes.
          1. Psalm 51:8
        3. We should thank God when we experience this kind of pressure. This is a mark of salvation.
          1. Hebrews 12:8
    3. The most miserable man in the world is not an unsaved man; but, rather, a child of God who is out of fellowship with God.
    4. When we are saved, God doesn’t fix us up so that we cannot sin anymore; He fixes us up so that we cannot sin and enjoy it anymore.
    5. David’s sin wearied him.
      1. Psalm 38:3
    6. David’s sin weighted him.
      1. Psalm 38:4
      2. Sin is a very heavy weight.
    7. David’s sin wounded him.
      1. Psalm 38:5
      2. David is talking about spiritual gangrene.
      3. Sorrow is a clean wound: it will heal. Guilt is a dirty wound: it will only fester until it is cleansed.
    8. David’s sin worried him.
      1. Psalm 38:6
    9. David’s sin wasted him.
      1. Psalm 38:7
      2. Sin promises much but pays little.
      3. God’s plan is one man for one woman.
      4. God’s plan is premarital chastity and post-marital fidelity.
    10. David’s sin weakened him.
      1. Psalm 38:8
      2. David speaks of himself as being blind, deaf and dumb.
        1. Psalm 38:10
        2. Psalm 38:13
      3. David’s friends and family deserted him.
        1. Psalm 38:11
  4. THE TIMELY CHALLENGE OF DAVID’S SIN
    1. 2 Samuel 12:9
      1. God doesn’t just let our sin go on and on.
    2. There are four steps in which God deals with our sin:
      1. There is conviction.
        1. The words of rebuke
        2. God is not trying to get even with us; He is trying to correct us.
          1. 1 Corinthians 11:31-32
      2. There is chastisement.
        1. Hebrews 12:6
        2. God is more concerned about our holiness than He is about our health and prosperity.
        3. God loves those whom He chastises; He loved David.
          1. Psalm 89:34
      3. There is confrontation; the challenge.
        1. God sent Nathan the prophet to David to confront his sin.
        2. God will use His Holy Spirit, His Word, the people in our lives, or even a circumstance to confront our sin.
      4. There is consummation.
        1. 2 Samuel 12:13
        2. David was a great sinner, but he became a great repenter.
        3. God was getting ready to kill David if David had not repented.
          1. 2 Samuel 12:13
          2. 1 John 5:16
          3. Moses did not die because he was old and weak.
            1. Deuteronomy 34:7
          4. God was going to kill Balaam.
            1. Numbers 22
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. If we live in sin without God’s conviction, it could be an indicator that we are not saved.
      1. “It’s not my sweat; it’s His blood.”
    2. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    3. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    4. Romans 10:9-10
    5. Romans 10:13

 

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