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.

2 Samuel 13:15 Immorality Brings Hatred, Not Pleasure

Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” 2 Samuel 13:15

Immediate and instant pleasure is the desire of the world. The faster one can be pleased the happier he is, in the moment. People look to fulfill all of their desires ignoring what the cost may be due to the desire being fulfilled. Some come at a high price. Most pleasures sought by the world are fleeting and end very quickly, leaving one desiring even more.

Amnon had chosen to rape his sister, Tamar, and immediately afterwards hated her worse than he thought he loved her.

God made man and woman to desire each other in the realm of marriage. Outside of marriage the desire may still be there and if attempted to be fulfilled will satisfy in the moment, but afterwards it will leave one empty, desiring more and hating what one already received.

Some believers are drawn into the trap of the world that immoral sex is enjoyable and desirable. Without restraint upon their thoughts some will act upon their immoral desires.

As with any sin, not just sexual, it leaves one empty and guilty of sin. Instead of blaming self for the sin, many will choose to blame others. In the process of blaming others, they will hate the others greatly for ‘bringing’ on the sin.

Just as one must keep himself pure from sexual immorality, every believer must also strive to keep himself pure from any sin. Jesus died to take away sin and the guilt of all sin. Believers do not have to go back to sin or be guilty again if they choose to follow Christ and obey His commands. He brings love and fulfillment where sin only brings about hatred and unfulfillment.

Sin will always be at your door knocking to get you to participate in it. You have a choose to flee the temptation and immediate pleasure or to choose God and eternal pleasures that none can take away. Be willing to deny yourself immediate pleasure in order to do God’s will for your life. It may be painful and difficult in the moment, but it will gain eternal rewards in the end.

If you have done anything sinful, whether sexual or non-sexual, repent of it and receive God’s forgiveness, love peace and fulfillment in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sexual sins; that you will seek God’s desire for your life; that you will find pleasure and fulfillment in obeying God’s law; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love for you.

2 Samuel 12:13 Admit Your Sins

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13

Doing something that is wrong is common among all people all over the world. Admitting that one did something wrong is not as common and is often seen as a sign of weakness and failure. Very few people like to admit that they made a mistake and did something wrong. They try to excuse it away or blame someone else, rather than take personal responsibility for their actions.

David had committed a sin against God by sleeping with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. God had Nathan confront him about it. David admits his sin and is told that God removed the sin.

Although no one has to, everyone will commit some type of sin against God. These sins can be physical or non-physical sins. What one does with that sin, once it is revealed, is what is important.

Just as the world tries to excuse or ignore a wrong done, many believers will try to excuse or ignore their personal sins. Some are quick to point out that they are not as bad as someone else. Others will say that they are human and that is what happens.

Believers who are truly seeking after God’s heart will admit that they sinned against God. They will have a heart of repentance, remorse for their sin and turn away from that sin, rather than making excuses for it or ignoring it.

God is faithful and just and will forgive any sin that is repented of, though there may be temporary consequences for the sin. Jesus died on the cross to take away all those sins and to give the repentant believer eternal life.

As David did, there will be times when you will sin against God. Do not allow yourself to follow the ways of the world and excuse it away or ignore it. Take full responsibility for every sinful choice that you make.

Run to God, humble yourself and admit your sin before Him. Allow God to forgive you of your sins through the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for your sins. God is waiting for you to repent because He wants you to live an abundant life for eternity with Him and not be condemned in sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins before God; that you will seek God’s love and forgiveness in your life; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin.

2 Samuel 11:15 Covering Up Sin

In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 2 Samuel 11:15

Very few people want to be found guilty of doing something wrong, so it is common for them to work hard to cover it up. Most often the cover up is attempted with telling lies, though there are some that do not know any boundaries as to what they will do to cover up their wrong, to include murder. Their hope is that the distraction will be enough so that no one will see the wrong done.

David had slept with Bathsheba and got her pregnant. He tried to get her husband, Uriah, to sleep with her. When that did not work David had Uriah put into a battle to be killed.

Just as the world works to cover up crimes that have been done; many believers strive to cover up sins that they had committed against God. Very few will go to the level of murder as David had done, but many will harm others in the process with false accusations to change the focus off of themselves or to make themselves look better. Some will use their power and authority to remove another person to keep their sin from being exposed.

Covering sin up only delays when it will be dealt with. The more it is covered up, the greater the penalty will be. Ultimately the penalty will result in judgment of death for eternity by God.

Instead of covering up a sin, believers are to confess their sins and repent. God is always ready and willing to forgive what has been done wrong. Repenting will clean up a sin faster than any cover up will do.

You will make mistakes and fall into sin at different points in your life. Each time this occurs, you will have the option of dealing with that sin or attempting to cover it up. No matter how little or great your sin is, covering it up does nothing but delay judgment against you.

Own up to your sin and repent before God and anyone you have sinned against or that it involves. Allow for forgiveness and restoration to occur when repentance has been done. Whether another person will forgive you or not, God will, and He can work in the hearts of others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins you have committed against God or others; that God will give you strength to own any sins you have done; and that God will restore anything broken from any sin committed.