2 Samuel 24:10 A Troubled Conscience

David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 2 Samuel 24:10

As people do things every day, there are times that their conscience rises up with a feeling of whether what they are doing is right or wrong. Most people know when they are doing something wrong but ignore their conscience and rejecting doing what is right. Others will realize what they did was wrong and strive to change.

David had made a count of all his fighting men, something God said not to do. Immediately after the counting David was conscience stricken and repented before God for having sinned against Him.

Believers who have a heart that is seeking after God will know immediately when they have made a bad choice and sinned against Him. This is a sign from the Holy Spirit revealing when something is wrong and drawing them back to God.

If their action is to immediately repent, it keeps their heart soft and open to God and open to obeying God more and more. Sadly, many believers will ignore the feeling of conviction and continue in the sin, justifying it or just ignoring that it was a sin.

The more a believer does this type of action, the further from God he moves. It can get to a point where he no longer feels any conviction and lives in open sin. His heart becomes calloused against hearing the Holy Spirit’s conviction against sin.

True believers will have a heart open to God’s conviction and repent immediately. This is not to earn salvation, but because of what Jesus did for them. They strive to live the holy life God called them to live.

As a human being, you will have times that you will sin against God. Do not allow your heart to be so hardened that you do not recognize when you sin.

Know that every sin you commit breaks the heart of God and reminds Jesus of the stripes He took for you. Jesus is ready to forgive you.

Take time immediately to repent of any sin and seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you to flee the temptation to sin the next time it comes around.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit speak into your life; that you will know when you sin against God; that you will repent of any sins against God; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to live a holy life for God.

1 Samuel 12:25 Guaranteed Destruction

Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish. 1 Samuel 12:26

Every path leads to a certain destination. As long as one continues on that path, whether it takes a long or short time, he will eventually get to that location.

Turning off of one path will cause one to begin on a different path with a different destination. Some destinations have multiple ways to get to it, while some will have only one way to get to it. The more steps and changes in the path will make it more difficult to get to the desired destination.

Samuel told the Israelites that if they continue to do evil, they and their new king will be destroyed and perish.

Doing an action that is not good does not always show immediate negative results. Eating junk food will not cause noticeable harm to the body right away. Continuing to eat junk food overtime will bring on a weight gain and health issues that harm a person.

People will choose to sin in some form thinking that nothing is going to happen and that there really is no harm occurring. Many believers will choose to sin and claim the grace of God upon their lives. Continuing to sin will cause one to perish.

God called every person to repent of his sins and to turn away from sin, not stay in it. Purposefully committing sin is not repenting or allowing God to change oneself. In the end it will bring about death and eternal judgement in hell.

Instead of persisting in sin, the believer must repent and turn from all sin. Then he must allow God’s Holy Spirit to change his heart, mind and life to bring about an abundant and eternal life, not death and destruction.

You have been called to a path of holiness and righteousness. Jesus paid for you to be on that path and journey to heaven, taking away all sin.

Do not allow yourself to return to the evil and sinful ways of this fallen world. Live the holy and righteous life God has called you to live. Walk the path God has laid out for you so that you will not be destroyed by sin.

The Holy Spirit will give you strength to turn away from all sin and guide you on the path to heaven.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you to walk; that you will choose to turn from all sin and follow God; that you will hear the Holy Spirit guiding you to eternal life; and that you will repent before God of all sin in your life.

Judges 9:56 A Price To Pay

Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers. Judges 9:56

Everything has a price tag on it, whether physically and mentally. In order to enjoy something, there must be a price to be paid. Sometimes that price is very low, while other times it is extremely high.

Often people will enjoy certain things, believing that they are free and not realizing the price on it until later. Driving a car without adding gas will work for a time, but in the end it will result in being shut down on the side of a road.

Abimelek had murdered his seventy brothers in order to be king. In the end God had him killed to pay for the murders.

Sin always appears to be fun and free, with no price tag on it. People think that they are getting away with it because there is no immediate consequence. Many think that either God does not exist or that He does not care what they do.

Without repentance, sin has a price to pay that is higher than anyone would ever want to pay. The cost of sin is death, whether that sin is one minor sin, such as lust for someone, or it is a major sin of murdering seventy people. In God’s eyes both are the same.

God is patient and does not make a person pay the cost for sin immediately. He desires that the person repents and turns to Him for forgiveness and life. If, however, the person does not repent, in the end there will be judgement against him and eternal death.

Believers must first strive to flee all sin. If one does sin, he must be willing to repent of it immediately and to flee that sin and accept the forgiveness and life Jesus offers.

Do not allow yourself to purposefully choose to sin on a regular basis. Strive to allow God to change your heart and flee all sin. If you should sin, repent immediately and allow Jesus to cleanse you from all unrighteousness and sin.

Although it may appear that you are getting away with some sin, there will be a price of death someday. Do not allow that price to have to be paid by you, Jesus has already paid for it. Live the holy and righteous life Jesus provides for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent to God for all sins; that you will accept the forgiveness Jesus offers; that God will guide you in fleeing all sinful temptations; and that you will live holy and righteous before God.