Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013 “Owning Up”

“Then David said to God, ‘I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.'” (1st Chronicles 21:8)

Good Morning Christian Sisters and brothers!

In the Bible, we learn of Jesus description of our greatest enemy, Satan. He says of him, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” We can be sure of this…Satan will use any means available to deceive us and destroy us. It is his nature. He will tempt us. Why? temptation is his invitation to us to give in to his kind of life and give up on God’s kind of life. It began in the Garden of Eden with Eve, who succumbed to it, as did Adam, with dire consequences. Throughout the pages of scripture, we read of those tempted by Satan, and those who, like Eve, gave in, also reaping dire consequences. This happened to King David. Instead of placing his trust in God as he had done so many times in the past, David, preparing for battle, took a census of the fighting men at his disposal. On the surface, one might consider this to be a good thing for any warrior king to do, but it was contrary to God’s directive. This census was taken so David could take pride in the size and strength of his army. In determining his military strength, he was beginning to trust more in military power than in God. David had been tempted to become proud because of his past successes, and he gave in to that pride, despite the counsel he received from Joab, his general. Scripture tells us that Satan “incited” David to take this census. Satan could not make David do it, but he tempted him to do it, and David gave in to the temptation. Temptation is not sin, but acting upon it is. As a result, David’s giving in to temptation brought punishment upon Israel. David did wise up, however. When he realized his sin, he took full responsibility for it, admitted to God he was wrong, and asked for God’s forgiveness. This is the proper response to a sinful act. Many people want to add God and the benefits of being a Christian to their lives without acknowledging personal sin and the guilt that accompanies it. But confession and repentance must come before forgiveness can be received. Like David, when we have sinned, we must take full responsibility for our actions and confess them to God before we can expect forgiveness. Sin does have its consequences, but God will always forgive us along with chastening us, because He loves us. Let’s pray!

Holy God; You are always just and merciful, ready to forgive us as we come confessing our sin. Teach us that submission and confession bring restoration and redemption, for You love us. For this we lift up our prayers of thanksgiving and praise. Amen!

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