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What is the worse sin you have ever committed as a born again
Christian? Some of you have committed the sin of sexual immorality in the past.
Have you ever murdered someone as a Christian? What is the worse sin you have
ever committed? King David as a believer committed both of the above sins. Yet
despite this, God said about David that he was a man after His own heart who
would do all his will.119
If David committed the sins mentioned above, then how could God make such a
statement about David. Well, obviously it was not because David was the perfect
believer or because he never blew it as grossly as is possible to blow it. God
said this about David because no matter how bad he blew it, or how far at times
he got away from God, he never stopped trying to live for God. David never
allowed the sins of yesterday to keep him from doing the will of God today.
Some of you think your sins of the past are so bad that God can never forgive
you or use your life again. But what does the Bible tell us about what became of
David because of the grossness of his sin of committing adultery with Bathsheba
and killing her husband Uriah?120 First, David repented of his sin.
After God pointed out to David through the prophet Nathan that his sins did not
go unnoticed, David said, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan then
said to David after he acknowledged his sin to God and man, "The Lord also has
taken away your sin."121
God forgave David for his sins. Godís plan for David did not change. He was
still called to be King over Israel. God did, however, still have to discipline
David for his sin. Why? Because David had gotten lacks in his relationship with
God. He started making decisions without seeking the counsel of God first.
Israel was at war at the time, but instead of David being with his men on the
front, he was instead day-dreaming on the roof of his palace where he was open
to Satanís temptations. He had stopped seeking God about how he should be
using his time and life. So, yes, God had to re-discipline David so he would
only act out of Godís initiative and not his own. Only a man who only acts
out of Godís initiative in obedience to Godís Word can rule Godís people
justly. David had to learn to only use his time as God was leading him and
be diligent in his service to God, but Godís plan for his life had not
changed. Godís plan for David was still to be King over Israel.
Several years ago, 1975, God told me to do something with my life and I did
not obey Him. I was a good Christian from appearance sake. I went to church, I
read my Bible daily, I shared my faith with others whether they wanted to hear
it or not, I wasnít doing anything immoral, but I did not do at the time with
my life what God wanted me to do. I disobeyed Him. The Prophet Samuel said as
Godís spokesman that "Rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination
is as iniquity and idolatry."122 The Bible puts
rebellion right up there with adultery, fornication and murder. Many Christians
today try to convince themselves they are okay, I go to church and Sunday
School. I pay my tithes regularly. The only thing they do not do is do with
their lives what God wants them to do.
That was the condition I was in. I was religious, but not doing with my life
at the time what God was calling me to do. This is what Jesus was talking about
when he said, "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter
the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven."123
During this time God asked me to do something in relation to where he wanted me
to live at the time. He was asking me to move into an unpleasant situation. It
wasnít that I did not want to obey God, I just couldnít get over some of the
fears about it I was having at the time.
When I did not obey what God wanted me to do in this matter, everything in my
life came to a stand still. I could not succeed in school no matter how hard I
tried. I finally dropped out of school, borrowed some money and went into a
I had had a gardening business before and had made good money at it, but what
normally took me forty-five minutes to do was now taking me three hours and
there was no logical reason for it. This went on for four months until I was
deeper in the hole than when I started.
One day I was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch and reading the Bible when
I read the following verse: "As far as the east is from the west, so far
has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12). I prayed
to myself, Jesus, what does this passage really mean? He answered back to
me through the Holy Spirit,
Dale, when you confess your sin, not only do I forgive you for your sin,
but I remove it infinitely before me so that the way I relate to you is just as
if you had never committed the sin in the first place.
In other words, even though I had not obeyed him and temporarily this brought
his will and plan for my life to a stand still, His will for my life did not
change. What I needed to do was confess my disobedience and go back and do what
he had called me to do. The Apostle Paul writes about love in 1 Corinthians 13:5
that love "does not take into account a wrong suffered." In other words,
Godís relating to us and His plan for our lives is not effected by offenses of
the past when once confessed and repented of. Godís plan for our lives remains
I came to realize that God loved me, that he forgave me and that He was just
waiting for me to repent and do with my life what he was calling me to do. I did
obey Him and go back and do what He had told me to do. Jesus, talking through
the Apostle John, said,
"Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to
die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Remember
therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent."
Some of you think that you have so blown it in the past that God can no
longer use you or wants to use your life. Godís love for you never changes. It
is a matter of you turning back to him. Because His plan for your life never
changes, he is waiting for you to not only return to him, but to fulfill what he
has called you to do in the first place. He is not interested in your failures
of the past. Iíve got news for you. It wonít be the last time. He
wants you to accept His forgiveness and to forgive yourself and to stop letting
the sins of yesterday keep you from doing His will today. He loves you.
Jesus was already punished for your sins. Every time you use your past
failures as an excuse to not do Godís will today, you rob Jesus of what he
suffered for you on the cross. Jesus loves you. He forgives you.
He is waiting for you to return to Him so he can continue His plan and purpose
for your life.
Confess Your Sins
How do you return to him? First, confess your sin or sins to Jesus and
accept his forgiveness as an automatic fact according to 1 John 1:9
which states, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Resurrender to Jesus as Lord
Second, you then need to resurrender to Jesus as Lord, remake
Him Lord of your life. Just pray:
Jesus, I resurrender the
Lordship of my life to You and ask You to refill me with Your Holy Spirit, to
retake control of my life and to continue to lead me into your will and plan for
my life. By faith thank You that it is done according to Your promise to answer
any prayer that is according to Your will, in Your name, Jesus, amen.
Accept that He has by faith, not by feelings, because He promises
to answer any prayer that is according to His will, and according to Ephesians
5:18 and 1 John 5:14-15 it is His will that you allow Him to be Lord of your
Secondly, You need to get down on Your knees and cry to Jesus for his
deliverance from the power of these sins over your soul and flesh. Until the
resurrection, our soul and flesh are still corrupted by sin and under the power
of sin. You cannot overcome sins power through will power. This is because your
will, your volition is your soul and your soul is under the power of sin. For
this reason Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10, Finally, be strong in the Lord and
in the strength of His might. The writer of 1 Chronicles and Psalms wrote, Seek
Yehovah and His strength, seek His face continually (1 Chron 16:11, Ps
105:4). When you are having a repetitious problem with sin, you need to do more
than just confess your sin and thank Jesus for his forgiveness, you need to also
get down on your knees and cry to Him for His deliverance from the power of that
sin over your soul and flesh. Jesus promises us in 2 Thessalonians 3:3
"But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen
and protect you from the evil one."