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The God of Second Chances | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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August 21, 2022 3:00 am

The God of Second Chances | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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August 21, 2022 3:00 am

Have you ever thought your sin was so horrible that there was no coming back? Pastor Greg Laurie has good news for you: God gives second chances. In this Sunday episode, hear the story of a man who fell away from God and was in need of forgiveness.

Notes

“My heart is fixed; my heart is fixed, O Lord.” —Psalm 57:7

 The actual sin David committed lasted only a minute, but the repercussions of his sin lasted the rest of his life.

“Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” —1 Corinthians 10:12 

David’s fall came after great spiritual success.

The sins we commit today may come back to haunt us tomorrow.

2 Samuel 5 tells us David took concubines, after he became king, in direct disobedience to God.

You do not feed lust; you starve it!

David was sleeping when he should have been fighting.

Our greatest battles do not necessarily come when we are working hard; they often come when we have some leisure time on our hands and when we are bored. 

When deluded by sin, we do not think clearly because sin makes us stupid.

Instead of confessing, David tried to hide his sin.

“The thing that David had done displeased the Lord!” —2 Samuel 11:27

Psalm 32 describes the futility and misery of sin that is unconfessed.

God disciplines those He loves.

We have ourselves to blame when we fall into sin.

There is only one correct response to being caught in sin: “I have sinned!”

When David was confronted about his sin, he repented.

When King Saul was confronted about his sin, he got worse.

Despite David’s sin, he was given a second chance in life.

Bathsheba made it into the Messianic line of Jesus Christ.

Scripture Referenced

Matthew 6:31

Hebrews 12:8, 12

Proverbs 28:13

James 1:14–15

Matthew 1:5–6

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Hey there Victor, listening to the Greg Laurie part just a ministry supported by harvest partners on Greg Laurie encouraging you if you want to find out more about harvest ministries. To learn more about how to become a harvest partner, just go to harvest.org. Let's grab our Bibles and turn this second Samuel chapter 11 and Psalm 32 second Samuel 1111 and Psalm 32 hello to harvest Orange County harvest, Lonnie everybody watching online as well. Let's pray father now as we talk about second chances. I know there are people watching and listening to need a second chance really badly. In fact, we all need them.

Lord, of course, but there's someone in great need of making a recommitment to you today or perhaps the first time commitment. We ask your blessing now is we open your word because your word is truth, and in a world filled with lies. It's so refreshing to have the word of truth.

So speak to us. We pray in Jesus name we ask this in that well. I wonder if there's anybody here who is ever messed up horribly in life that you raise your hand.

I hope you're all raising your hand together from road. It is kind of a little razor.

Yeah, we've all messed up horribly in life for sure you've sunk so low you thought you couldn't go any lower. But somehow you did will. If you've ever done this.

I have good news for you. We serve a God who gives second chances cry and third chances and for chances and pretty much as high as you can count now that does not mean that we can send them with abandon and not have to face consequences. I think sometimes we think because God forgives. That means that I can go out and do whatever I want to do and if I say I'm sorry everything's cool. Well in one sense, if you repent before God and ask for his forgiveness. You are forgiven. Of course, but there might be some repercussions. Example of so you decide to rob the bank this afternoon you walk in you hold up the bank you got the money you're walking out your arrested and you say, oh God, forgive me your forgiven but you're still going to jail right okay so we don't think about that. The Bible does say that you will reap what you sow will hear before us now in our series house of David is a story of a man who desperately needed forgiveness at the beginning of this series, I pointed out that when you see the name David. Two other names come to mind. David and Goliath and David and that's it. David and Bathsheba. And that's a story organ to look at right now. One story David and Goliath was his greatest triumph. The other story.

David and Bathsheba was really much his greatest defeat. David of course was a young man club from obscurity chosen by God to become the king of Israel, and he walked right into the pages of history and our first message in this series. I pointed out that there's more written on David than any other biblical character apart from Jesus himself printed servers 14 chapters dedicated to Abraham and Joseph. There are 11 chapters dedicated to Jacob, but there are 66 chapters of the Bible dedicated to the life of T that so clearly God wants us to do a deep dive into the life of this man that is uniquely called the man after God's own heart.

Of course he came to be this great leader but he didn't start out that way. He was a shepherd boy who became the giant killer and when he was anointed by the Lord to be the king up by king or by the prophet Samuel immediately, the sitting King Saul set his sights on David and wanted to destroy them.

We've already looked at that in depth and Saul and his son Jonathan.

It was a close friend of David died in the battlefield.

But Prince Jonathan asked David to make a commitment that he would care for his kin for his offspring for his descendents in so after David ascended to the throne when many kings would be destroying any potential enemies or threats to the throne. David said, is there anyone left of the house of Saul, that still alive and someone told him about mid for Michelle to was disabled and even brought them. David brought them into his home and treated them as a member of the royal family said just amazing.

He's forgiving his enemies is extending mercy is making pretty much one great decision after another expertise much summed up in Psalm 57 which he wrote these words by heart is fixed. My heart is fixed all Lord so this was a guy that knew what his priorities were, and he was living a godly life.

Being a Christian is been defined this way, obedience that we have in our life in the same direction long obedience, rather than the same direction. So that's David.

He's on a roll. He's doing great. He's been a king now for 20 years. He is 50 years old and something is beginning to go amiss.

Of course it started with the lustful look and then it became a nationwide scandal in the repercussions of it lasted for the rest of his life.

The sin of David and Bathsheba and by the way no sin is gone as much press as is and apart from Adam and Eve in the garden breathing seems like everyone's heard this story in one way shape or form. And so it just shows that even when you been walking with the Lord for a long time, you still are vulnerable to falling. That's a very important thing the Bible says let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall soap as you're listening to this message or thing you will. I would never do any of these things you can be closer to doing those things and you think you are rather, our attitude should be all God help me, as it has been said, but for the grace of God there go I. Lord, help me to stay close to you so here now is the very familiar story of David and Bathsheba. I'm reading from second Samuel chapter 11 verses 1 to 5 rating from the new living translation. The following spring the time of year when kings go to war you might underline that phrase the time of year when kings go to war, David send Joe out. That's as general and the Israelite army to destroy the ammonites in the process they laid siege to the city of Rob but David stayed behind in Jerusalem. Late one afternoon, David got out of bed after taking a nap I went for a stroll in the roof of the palace.

There are no but can these days they would have a roof top Thomas are a rooftop terrace. I should say so. It's a flat roof so is walking around kind of on the patio on top of the palace and I've been to the city of David in Israel and where his palace was you could see that on that purchase.

He could pretty much see everything that was going on in his cities always taking a walk up there on the patio and he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was and he was told she's Bathsheba, the daughter of Eli M and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.

Then David sent for her and when she came to the policy, slept with her. Then she returned home when David discovered that she was pregnant or choosing when Bathsheba discovered she was pregnant. She sent a message to inform David. Again is 50 years old and he's been rolling for 20 years now. This is an age work.

Sometimes it said men have a midlife crisis. I don't know how much I really believe in the so-called midlife crisis. I think it could happen at any age or any stage of your life. We don't read that David got a red chariot to her in our whatever but buddies title and this is really where it all started to me. This guy had been on a roll up to this point, another double attacks and so this brings us to point number one of your taking notes. David fall came after great spiritual success. David fall came after great spiritual success. When did Jesus get attacked by the devil answer after his baptism member. He was baptized by his cousin John in the Jordan River in the spirit of God came upon upon them in the form of an father said this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. And then we read immediately after that Jesus went into the wilderness to be tested by the devil.

After the dove came the devil after the blessing came the attack that too often go hand-in-hand. The double weights of the moment, what he thinks were the most vulnerable. Or maybe we lower our guard spiritually. You remember there was Peter in the upper room set in the presence of Christ and the other disciples though all deny you. I will never deny you. Don't ever say anything like that. You are night no idea what you are capable of it when I see you, I mean me as well. So the pride going before the fall again. Okay number two this sins we commit today become the harness tomorrow. David and fall suddenly, as with everyone, it's usually a process. A second Samuel five tells us he would.

He was living in direct disobedience to God because he took concubines into his home. You don't know what concubine is basically a mistress and he had quite a few of them on the payroll and so he was indulging himself and he was living immorally before God took. I think sometimes I think I can make this compromise. I can handle this.

I'm strong. I read a story just yesterday on the new site about an 80-year-old man who was bit by a rattlesnake and I will that is not shocking of a story, to hear 80 years old, but as it turns out, this particular man was in authority on rattlesnakes and in particular on similar rattlers.

He would go out on the wild, he would find him and no one else could find him and kill him. Did skin them.

He was literally an expert on all things concerning rattlesnakes and then he ends up getting bit by one and where did he get that he had one in captivity. He was keeping one as a pet or something and ended bid him so I think of the same way was sent, we might say well I can handle this. Is this guy been bitten by rattlesnakes before and survived. Probably the on the dock from a rattlesnake by I can handle this. I'm in control of this and he became probably too casual and confident.

Take away truth don't keep rattlesnakes is press this guy thought he could handle the rattler and what happens he ends up dead. That's how it is worse than I can handle this on never capitulate to this and I'll never fall in this area and next thing you know you get struck and your debt. That's what was happening with Dave and his heart was slowly turning away from the Lord. He was allowing lust to consume his life. Maybe thought about all of these women that will satisfy me, but actually didn't satisfy because it was God. God out of God's order. Listen God is given to US sexual drive. Something simple about it is nothing evil about it.

And there's a proper place to satisfy your sexual drive that place is in a committed marriage relationship that is the only place it's going to be rightly satisfied, but if you have lust in your life and you see them lost as many ways you can feed it. Looking at pornography. Other areas it's like putting gasoline on a fire open, it will put the fire out. Here's the thing you need to think about when you come to the subject of lust.

You don't need lust to starve it.

So David was not satisfied. This just fueled his appetites and now he's basically fattening himself up for the kill one. As it happened one warm spring night when his army was at war.

David was taking a nap, bringing me to point number three. David was sleeping when he should have been fighting he was sleeping when he should have been fighting. He's kicking back. He's just taking a little time off and by the way, there's nothing wrong with taking some time off but you can't take a spiritual vacation.

This spiritual battle rages all day and all night long. It's even raging when you're asleep right so you can take a day off.

I wish you could. I wish we all could, but it is important to take time off and refresh ourselves physically and even spiritually.

We read in the Gospel of Matthew that the crowds were pressing in on Jesus and the disciples and he said to them in Matthew 631, part by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest for a while and then we read for many were coming and going and they did mean it even have time to eat Jesus as a guys lives take some time off the skin away from the crowds. We only did take time off. We need to come apart and rest or we will fall apart spiritually without some what was happening here.

David was being idle he was being slothful. His armor was off in more ways than one. In the time when kings lead their soldiers in the battle. David was taking long naps, so he was already setting himself up for an attack. Point number four. Our greatest battles don't necessarily come when were working hard. They don't necessarily come when were working hard the often come. We have some leisure time, or even when were more Ellen Redpath, the great British preacher that I got to know personally wonderful godly men once made this statement times of toil when refund the statement with him to memorize it clearly. I didn't.

As times of leisure are to be more dreaded than those of the most strenuous toil, let me say that again times of leisure taking time off are to be more dreaded than the times of intense toil. So basically he's saying you know all II were not in this campaign right now were not doing this other thing I know I can just sort of relaxing not to David.

He lowered his garden of this would've been a temptation for any man right because the Bible tells us in second Samuel 11 to Bathsheba was a woman of unusual beauty that means this girl is hot. I knew this girl was like whoa whoa whoa she's so beautiful.

That's how beautiful she was.

The Bible does not exaggerate soon. The Bible tells you something like this is making a very important point. She was prompted stunning.

Then add to the fact that she didn't have any close on now add to the fact David filling his mind and heart with lust and now Nitro just met glycerin as he sorry would've been a temptation for any person who could then turn away.

Take 20 cold showers go to worship service.

Whatever you need to do, but for David it was like low and you know a lot of times it's a second look to get you into trouble right good.

Samuel right so I think David's first link was real long way too long and now he just crumbles and swiftly takes action. All rational thinking went out the door. He's like an animal driven by lust for what he wants. He dispatches a servant to find out who this beautiful woman is that you have to admire the boldness of a servant who says in second Samuel 11 three sire, your Majesty King David.

She's Bathsheba, the dollar of Eli, the daughter of the Lamb and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Kudos to this guy. He knows what David's thinking he's not stupid CAD.

She's married, so don't even think about it had no effect whatsoever on David point number five.

When you're deluded by sin. You don't think clearly because sin makes you stupid when you're deluded by sin.

You don't think clearly because sin makes you stupid. David was in the stage right now you know it's amazing how people rationalize bad behavior, how they rationalize sinful choices. Those say things like, well, you know, I'm just not happy in my marriage anymore or well I work really hard. I deserve this or hey everybody else does it. Why should not or hey I'm human like everyone else. Besides, we all make mistakes, don't judge me. Say whatever you want to rationalize sinful decision. David was effectively doing the same and sometimes Jos will it was more than I could handle the devil made me do it.

The devil can't make you do anything you don't want to do that he can bring some heavy duty temptation your way.

But if you're setting yourself up already to start with. You can see how you would be more vulnerable to that temptation. But here's the thing. First Corinthians 1013 says there is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God was faithful will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able. Good will with the temptation make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Let me listen paraphrase that with every temptation you've ever face me. Take a quick poll. How many of you given in to temptation before while your sinful bunch. We all have. I'm kidding.

Okay now of you that if given in the temptation was there a way out yes or no, of course, it was no wonder I know there is always this and sometimes the way out is as simple as the door literally like I'm going to now get up and walk out of this place were I'm getting tempted. This is why am told in second Timothy 222 flee youthful lusts member.

The story of Joseph Potter for how to wipe with her northern name was Mrs. Potter for Mrs. Robinson. I'm not sure that's an old cultural reference.

By the way she's an older woman trying to have sexual relations with a younger man. She kept hitting on Joseph Damien's day out nonstop that one day she just grabbed them and pulled them down on the bed. She said lie with me and wanted Joseph to he did what any clear thinking red-blooded young man should do under such circumstances, he ran like crazy later go okay well you and I can handle this cohead would you talk know you I can get out here and literally.

Sometimes it's running away from whatever it is, and so this is what top and now he brings Bathsheba up to his chambers. You think they had a pleasurable night. While the Bible doesn't say, but I think we can assume there was some pleasure what they did. Sin can be pleasurable can't. I know we don't want to sit a really hey eating 10 Krispy Kreme donuts is pleasurable, is it not the how do you feel about 20 minutes later you go to the worst food, ever. I member I went with a friend. We went to Krispy Kreme. This is a long time ago. I don't hardly ever go anymore and tithing people thing. All I do is eat Krispy Kreme donuts and In-N-Out Burger. I was walking through one of these little open-air markets, you know, it is organic food the other day and yesterday.

Actually, no more convinced I was advised to Greg SRU didn't have In-N-Out Burger here. Why are you here right I don't I don't to see the In-N-Out Burger I is just a point of reference, I deleted some and not that often, and I hardly ever eat Krispy Kreme but you know it is a perfect analogy back to my story so I was riding a motorcycle that night and we went in and I probably ate eight Krispy Kreme donuts don't judge me.

There little smaller.

If you notice a little smaller and they give you the first one free and if that sign is on and those are fresh. It's really hard to say no washing down with some cold milk was great. Loved it. 20 minutes later I'm in a food coma, and I've got a ride home in a motorcycle.

I also like I could fall asleep on a bike, but I made it home. Thankfully, but the point is sins good coming this way. But then the repercussions and the guilt and all the awful things connected with sin kick in. The Bible says sin is pleasurable for a time, but afterwards it brings death.

I'm sure there was some pleasure that night, but only all men the guilds going to kick in and the mysteries going to kick in. And thank God it ties.

That means your conscience is working. Listen if you can send let's move it away from lust for a moment, is not only lost but if you can send whatever your sin is tell a lie, steal from someone slander someone do something lustful to something hateful. Whatever it is, if you can sin and you don't feel any guilt or any conviction something is wrong with you. Your conscience isn't working. If you say something and immediately think I shouldn't have said that maybe I should apologize if you think something you think I should not thought about that. Lord, I'm sorry. That's good. If you feel guilt when you say or do something wrong that's good no filters bed no Guild means your conscience is working. You don't have to be destroyed by guilt because there's forgiveness.

But having said that, we want the conscience to work. You know it's like those fire alarm smoke alarms I should say I have them in my house.

How many of you have smoke alarms K. Thankfully, I've never had one go off because we are having a fire but I've had them gone for no other reason in his unwritten laws somewhere that smoke alarms will always go off at 3 AM not 3 PM in the afternoon and if so, you jump out of bed and what is it it's time to change your battery okay. Could you send it differently to below are key people like BP, BP, Bay Bay, you think it's a fire but you don't want to disable them. I pull them out of the ceiling. I'll admit to dissecting kids to stop literally ripped it out of the ceiling's wires is hanging in there that's a good quarterback in people working and hopefully they'll do their job for you. So David is disabled his conscience.

Now what he should have done is set all man I send repent specially when Bathsheba said I'm pregnant. Now David comes up with the devious plan to have her husband killed but before that, he thought something else might work. So he goes to his general job job there some soldier named Mariah. He's married to the Shiva that's beside the point. Bring them back from the battle. I want to talk to him. Imagine you're right night racist a soldier he doesn't know David it's a legend, the man after God's own heart, this giant killer this wonderful godly man, the writer of Psalms, David summons into the palace you how excited you would be and so he's he's brought from the battle lines in these brought to the palace of David and is escorted into the room were David himself is perhaps the King is sitting on his throne. And David says Uriah heard some good things about you buddy tell me how's about going well it's it's rough but were out there fighting it and were inspired by your courage and and we just love you so much yeah whatever you listen. Uriah them if you'd like to take a night off go home to be with your beautiful wife, wink wink nod nod and doesn't go do that. The next day David gets up and words you write you sleeping outside of the palace. What you can go home know it and go home to write what's up King I just couldn't do that is on the my fellow soldiers out there. Now they're going to I can go home and have displeasure with my wife. I got a do-gooder so you get some drunk. This is a go home here. Why still, he doesn't go on bills like what is David trying to do is thinking of Uriah sleeps with his wife that then they can say what it's your baby right but Uriah won't do it. That was a roadblock. The Lord was saying stop David this is evil.

David should have repented, what is he do he says Uriah do me a favor, buddy. I got a letter much of the look to deliver to King Joab given to him when he returned back to service okay King, thank you. I will so use this letter to job this is all loose paraphrase, but it's all in the Bible. People gives alliterative job dear Joab I want you to have a charge against the enemy and I want everyone to fall back against Uriah tell me what happens next sign David the man after God's own heart. Probably then sign it that way when we Joab is thinking one can of the menaces. This writer of songs. This sweet psalmist of Israel as these called I know what's going on. He wants his guy dad. I don't know if Uriah knew why.

King David wanted him dead but he knew what the King was asking. And so the charges led everybody falls back on the courageous Uriah is killed on the battlefield. So David got done deal. Well, looks like that she was not married hey would you like to be my wife.

Yes, I would everything is great everything is awesome. He just didn't bargain on one thing because we read in second Samuel 1127 the thing David had done this please now remember David as a believer I know it's hard.

He is a believer while he's doing all this dumb stuff, but he's disobedient believer. So in this time where he had not yet repented of his sin is sin. The dog gone public yet. He wrote to songs Psalm 51 in Psalm 32 Psalm 32 describes the futility and misery of sin that is on confessed understand David is a man that is walk and talk with God senses childhood and he's been fighting the conviction of the Holy Spirit for 12 months living in unconfessed sin. For 12 months. Go over to some 32. Let's read a few verses. Psalm 32 verse one. David writes oh what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight.

Yes, what joy for those who record that the Lord is cleared them of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty.

Now David admits what he's been doing when I refused to confess my sin.

I was meat weak and miserable and I groaned all day long, day and night.

Your kind of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat say law depending on your transposed translational interlude is the next word.

There right David continues.

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and I stop trying to hide them. I said to myself I will confess my rebellion to the Lord, and you forgave me. David writes all my guilt is while what a perfect description of what it's like to live in unconfessed sin. He describes it as his strength of the operating like water in the summer heat. Then the word say law or interlude so in the Psalms, which originally were songs limit songs there would be music stringed instruments that would be played.

Perhaps other instruments as well.

Wind instruments and there would sometimes be a musical break in rock 'n' roll. You might call it guitar break a drum solo. Write something for emphasis will as they would sing the song they would pause and just play the melodies so you could think about what you would just serve say law interlude.

So David is saying hey let me tell you what it was like I felt like my strength evaporated like water in the summer heat pause and think about that. Do you not know this feeling yourself.

You've sinned against God, you haven't confessed it yet and it just eats at you and the good news is the reason that eating that you is because you're a child of God. That's a good thing. Point number seven God disciplines those he loves God disciplines those he loves this disappointment conviction in David's life was a sign he was a child of God. He wrote about it in Psalm 23 he said yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me your rod and your staff they comfort me.

That's exactly what he's talking about now for a shepherd.

The two primary instruments in the tending the sheep rod and the staff establishes for pulling wayward lambs in this. The rod was used to fight off predators, and occasionally give a lamb a good whack at Nicaea Wam you crazy wow it house and became Elmer Fudd here. The rod was used to give the lamb a good whack see there's a little tongue twist when they needed it. Not all the time is shepherd generally would not use a rod of the sheet that uses staff. There were no men. This little lambs really wayward and the promises he is leading other lambs astray.

So for his own good and for their own good, though he gives dilemma whack. Have you been whacked ever by the Lord discipline by the Lord. Hebrews 12 eight says that God doesn't discipline you as he does all of his children in Meijer illegitimate, and you're not really his children at all you know, God only disciplines his own kids. He doesn't discipline those that are not his children ever seen someone's children misbehaving by me, disrespectful children that they have no manners. They have no respect. I look at them and I think that parenting it's the fault of the parent.

The parent is not taught that child the right way to live the right way to treat others, etc. and there's times I wish I could discipline someone else's child, but I can analyze Shannon's use little British phrase because that's not my right and I could get in trouble for God will discipline his own children.

Why Hebrews 12 again says no discipline is enjoyable while it's happening. It's painful, but afterwards will be a quiet harvest of right living for those were trained in this way. So David tries to cover things up, but the evidence of his crime was everywhere. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 2813 he who covers his sin will not prosper. Whoever confesses and forsakes his sin will have mercy. So now the best possible thing that could have happened happened.

David got busted. Now David was lined up to this point, you know it was out there now people know David gathered the Israeli press together returned to them and said I did not have sex with that woman. Bathsheba, how many of you got the reference you came alive political reference. We didn't do that, but it's implied that I love this. Then the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to David second Samuel 12 one when the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to David right after his act of adultery with Bathsheba.

No right after Bathsheba revealed she was pregnant with David's child.

No right after David said Darius husband said brother Bathsheba's husband to dine the battlefield again. No 12 months had passed. David really can't live with himself and so the prophet Nathan comes in.

Hello, your Majesty like to present a case before you of some abuse happening in your kingdom. Speak on David says sitting in his room okay okay there's these two guys once rich ones for the rich guy is lots of sheet. The poor guy is one little little baby lamb it's it's it's it's his pet it's a good daughter. He he holds it in his arms like a little baby girl. It even sits at the table and eats with him. He feeds the lamb from his plate. You know people that do this with dogs right to go to the restroom of the dog. The reading they feed the dog. Are you one of those people. Can I just say one word, stop to stop.

I'm into it at home. I guess if you're that weird but hey, in a restaurants anyway. It happens right so this guy loves the little baby lamb anyway so someone came from out of town to visit the rich guy to have loved to have like a lamb for dinner tonight guys is no problem instead of killing one of his own. She goes over to the home of the poor man with one baby lamb that he treated like a bed, takes his baby lamb and kills it, and then Nathan says that David so tell me what should be done with a person like that.

David's blood begins to boil.

His face turns red. His hands gripped the throne and he says that men should return four times what he took and then he should be kill hello okay it's bad but the guy did restoring fourfold seems legitimate but kill him. Yeah, that's exactly what David said what happened next. The three that second Samuel chapter 12 the prophet looks at David, this is what happens then Nathan said to David you are the man the Lord God of Israel says I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of song. I gave you your master's house and his wives in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah that had not been enough. I would've given you much much more. Why then have you despise the word of the Lord and done this horrible D for you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the ammonites, installing his wife from this time on your family will live by the sword, because you despise me by taking Uriah's wife to be your busted. Nathan turned to David and says you demand your the man jetted this guy took the other man's little baby lamb you took this man's only what I and if that wasn't bad enough, you had him killed on the battlefield you are guilty. David was caught. It seems like the worst thing that could have happened, but in reality it was the best thing that could've happened because now is going to find resolution. Isn't it interesting how harsh David was with the sin of this wealthy man who took another man slam. I also find it interesting how harsh and judgmental some people can be toward others and then one day we find out that that harsh judgmental person was actually guilty of a far greater there nitpicking their faultfinding. They always have a critical word to say about everybody else.

They seem so holier than thou right then one day I think hello you find out something about them see it all makes sense, though, because this is exactly what Jesus was talking about when he said, how can you pull the telephone pole out of your brother's eye or the speck out of your brother's eye.

When you have a telephone pole in your own. I know it's how can you be so judgmental of someone else when you're guilty of far worse. That's exactly what was happening with the life of David number eight. There's only one correct response to being caught and sent you see, I have sent the only correct response is admitted and confess the David's credit second Samuel 1213, I have sinned against the Lord. He admitted it now this is where we want to defend David a little bit what he did was horrible. What he did was wrong, he would face the repercussions of this for years to come.

Quite frankly, but he did admit it when King Saul was confronted with this sin, he just dug in deeper and send more when David was confronted with this sin. He came clean and admitted it, and repented before God. This is the thing.

One remember bringing me to point number nine despite his sin. David was given a second chance in life. Despite his sin. David was given a second chance in life as devastating as the story sounds. David did make a comeback again.

He pays repercussions, but his life ultimately ended well believe it or not there's a tie-in between the sordid tale in the Christmas story is also well word of the prophet come to anoint David Butler. Where was Jesus born in Bethlehem. Why because Jesus was of the root and offspring of David, both of the bloodline of Mary and the lineage of Joseph. That's why Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be tax with.

Here's the shocker. My 10th and final point Bathsheba made it into the messianic line of Jesus Christ. I love this part Bathsheba. The woman now.

I don't want to put the primary blame on Bathsheba but she was culpable. It takes two to tango right but David was the perpetrator. David was the one that initiated this David was the one that got held responsible, but Bathsheba's Intuit industry and she had to repent as well.

But yet, despite that she makes it into the most exclusive genealogy in all of human history.

When you look at the family line of David.

You find not only Bathsheba is in there, but also to other women. Timor and Rahab, both prostitutes returned to God. So what does this mean it means God gives second chances. That's it take way to God gives second chances. Maybe you're in need of a second chance. Maybe I'm talking to somebody that is done something very similar to this sound like you probably murdered anybody thought possible. Maybe you committed adultery making maybe you broken up the home. Maybe you been unfaithful. Maybe you've been living sexually impure life and are not married. There's a lot of things that maybe you've done or maybe at some other sin altogether and you've messed up is what you need to do.

You need to admitted to God and repent of it right now.

This message is for you.

You demand, you don't want your the wine and I don't know who you are and I don't know who this is speaking to.

But you know you are and so the Lord is directed this message to you and said this is for you. You need to repent of this sin are right now in your mind, it's there. You know what you know what it is. If he's saying this to you just deal with them right here right now because he loves you. He's doing this he loves you. Maybe you have an feasible repercussions of your sin.

Yet, maybe you haven't faced any outward repercussions of your sin get here just dealing with the guilt and the misery of it. God is been gracious to you turn to him and say Lord I called Letson what it is I'm tired of excusing that I'm tired of rationalizing that I confess it is a sin and I turn from you but maybe I'm talking to somebody who isn't even a Christian, yet you for this is all new to you but you are a sinner, as we all are. The Bible says all of sin and fallen short of the glory of God.

You can turn to Jesus Christ right now and be forgiven of all of your sins because Jesus of the root and offspring of David, born in Bethlehem in a manger went to a cross and died for the sin of the world and he died for your sin.

Vigil turn from that sin you'll forgive you right here right now. Let's break now. Father I pray that your Holy Spirit will convict and convince any person here any person listening, watching, wherever they are of their sin help them to see they need Jesus with. Thankfully, Lord. You don't just make us aware of our sin to make us feel miserable. You make us aware of our sin. So were repent of it and find great joy and happiness because your word says happy is the man of the woman whose sin is forgiven I will answer about is going to be any hand raising in this moment, but maybe God is spoken to somebody here. Very directly about an area of your life that is not right before God and might be your thought life and might be things you're doing or saying might be some moral issue. Whatever it is. If you need to repent.

Right now you just say Lord I repent of this. Forgive me.

You say that to the Lord.

Right now the Bible says if you will confess your sin, he is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. You just made it to God.

Father I pray that you will extend your hand of cleansing to each of these folks who've taken the step and you know who they are now, finally, there might be somebody here that is never asked Jesus Christ to come into their life. You don't know that your sin is forgiven.

You don't know that you go to heaven when you die, you can know it now by asking Christ to come into your heart and life. And if you want to do that, you can just pray this prayer out loud after me. Expect him and ask everybody to pray this prayer out loud after me. Pray these words Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner but I know that you're the Savior who died on the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead. I turn from that sin I choose to follow you from this moment forward. Thank you for hearing this prayer in answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray. Everybody thinks or listening to this podcast to learn more about harvest ministries follow the show and consider supporting it. Just go to harvest.org and to find out how to know God personally go to harvest.org and click on know God


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