This is a story of hope, directed to all of us who, at some time or another, have failed, or maybe, at sometime in the future will. If you are perfect, exit stage right, this is not for you.
By Dennis Coulter
Please let me begin with this. If you have not sat and talked with our Lord, Jesus for a while, He misses you. He told me so (Revelation 3:20).
2nd Samuel 11-12: As the curtain opens, David, the King of Israel, is supposed to be on the battlefield with his men, but he is not. He is at home, idle and walking around on his rooftop.
That’s where he was when he saw Bathsheba bathing, naked, and in his lust, summoned her to his quarters.
During the interlude that followed, he got her pregnant. Then, in his desperation, he brought her husband, Uriah, home, from the battlefield, and tried to get him to sleep with his wife, Bathsheba (no explanation needed here).
But being the honorable leader of men that Uriah was, he would not, not while his men were on the battlefield deprived of the pleasures of their women. So David had him strategically placed, during the next battle, in harm’s way, where he would be sure to be killed; and he was. So that is how David got Bathsheba. He seduced her in an act of adultery (they both were married) and then had one of his most noble officers, Uriah, murdered so he could have her free and clear. That’s when Nathan showed up. God sent him, Nathan, to get in David’s face. It’s all there in black and white.
There it is, in all its ugliness and disgusting horror. Their boy died and went to Paradise (2 Samuel 12:23). David understood how these things work. So once the boy was departed, he cleaned himself up and resumed his duties as King of Israel.
My, my, what a world we live in. And this is just a Sunday School Bible time story.
I told you all that as a prelude to the following:
I do not know of any passage in the Bible where we are told to ask God for forgiveness. I know that is not a mainstream “popular” notion, but when it comes to pleasing God, it’s the truth. God doesn’t want us to ask Him for forgiveness; He wants us to obey Him in the first place. But sometimes, we don’t.
So, how do we handle sin when we do mess up?
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, then this article is not for you. You need to deal with the issue of salvation.
I have dealt with the issue of salvation in my article: Reconciliation. It is published in seven parts and explains the details of your salvation thoroughly.
When we ask God for things, concrete or abstract, that’s a form of prayer, asking God for our heart’s desire. But we don’t ask God for salvation. That’s a different issue. In order to be saved, we don’t ask; we simply believe. The thing with God and salvation is this. What He wants from us is that we exercise our ability to choose. That capacity He instilled in us which makes us responsible (not a popular word these days) to Him. We have to make a freewill decision, a responsible choice to accept Him as God, and His Son as our Lord and Savior. And when we do, in response to that one act of humility, He blesses us with the gift of salvation. One doesn’t earn a gift. We merely extend our hand and accept it.
But what if you already are a believer and you sin. Then what? Well that is a problem, and that’s what we are here to talk about. What happens, when you, as believer, sins? The answer is simply this: you are removed from fellowship with God, and as a result, you lose the filling of t Holy Spirit.
What does it feel like, for us, as the believers, to be out of fellowship with God?
Walk with me a while, and let me paint a picture in your mind. You are in the privacy of your own home engaging, having fun with sin. Then, all of a sudden, you hear a knock at the door. What is your first thought; what emotion overwhelms you? You are suddenly filled with fear, anxiety and guilt. And those characters, as they sink their claws into you, are no fun to be around are they? How do they make you feel? Like crap, right? But what happened to the pleasure you were experiencing, when it was just you and indiscretion. What became of the joy, the ecstasy of the abandoned shackles of polite society? All the elation, the pleasure of sin left you, didn’t it? Yes! It did, because sin is not your friend; he is a leach. And his purpose, his only goal is to suck the life out of you and steal your joy, the blessing that can only come from the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Now, someone’s at the door. What are you going to do? Find out who it is. Yes. Look through the peep hole to see who is. And who do you see, my Christian friend? This is most awful; this is your worst nightmare, isn’t it? It’s not Avon knocking at your door. It’s not a cute little Girl Scout peddling cookies. Nope, it’s Jesus! Jesus wants to come in and fellowship with you (Revelation 3:20). So you ask yourself, “What do I do?” And then, the answer comes to you, “Hide it.” And so you do. You try to hide your naked sin from God. So, how’s that working for you? He’s God! He already knows! And, what’s worse, you know He knows! So what are you going to do? The only thing that’s left, the only way out, is to just confess, come clean. You ever wonder what that expression means?
So you go to the door, and in a trembling voice you say, “Jesus, are you still there?” And He answers, “Yes, you know I will never leave you or forsake you.” Now, you can barely get the words out, “But Lord I’ve sinned.” And then He speaks the most gracious words you have ever heard, “I know. I only wanted to hear it, for you to come clean. Now that the air is clear, can you please open the door and let Me in. I’ve missed you.”
Did our poor Christian sinner ask our Lord for forgiveness? No! He did not. He merely accepted the invitation of our Lord to come in and be with him. By faith, out of obedience to God, he accepted Jesus on His Word and opened the door and fellowship was restored. (1 John 1:9; Psalm 51:1-3).
Now let’s go back and see how King David is doing:
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
Please note the conjunction, for, in David’s plea (I say plea, because he had just committed adultery and murder). The conjunction translated for in the Hebrew means because or for this reason. The reason God forgave David was not because he ask Him to; it was because he acknowledged his sin before God. Until Nathan confronted him, he was trying desperately to hide it (2 Samuel 12:1-15).