1 Samuel 22:5-23

1 Samuel 22:5-23

1 Samuel 22:22 It's never too late to turn from our sin. It's never too late to make things right with God. It's never too late to make our stnad and allow God to deal with meVintage message from November 8, 1998.

We find ourselves going through struggles, hard struggles, because God is disciplining us. But you know what? I don’t believe God disciplines us in wrath, and I don’t believe He rebukes us in anger. If He were going to do that, He would never have let His Son, Jesus, die for us. He would never have given us a Redeemer Who shed His blood innocently. Jesus did nothing deserving of the death that He died but God, because He loved us so greatly, so deeply, He allowed His Son to die, though He still says those that He loves, He disciplines. And you know what? We can mistake sometimes discipline for God’s wrath. We can see anger where God really intends for love. But you know what? God does not stop His discipline for us. He will, from time to time, allow for us to be in agony and anguish. He will allow for us to suffer. He will allow for us to go through struggles and hard trials. He will allow that, especially because He wants it to bring us back to Him, back to this relationship with Him…

The big question is, what if I refuse to sin? What if I trust God? What if I allow God to deal with me and with those around me?…

I hear people say all the time, “Well, what I do doesn’t affect anyone! It was just a little white lie. It doesn’t affect anyone.” You have no clue who’s watching. You have no clue — the life that you live, the sin that you commit — you have no clue how that is affecting the people around you. You know what? It may have no affect today. It may have no affect tomorrow. But the sin that you commit today, the little white lie you tell today, the simple deception just to get your own way may not have any affect right now, but in the future it may grow into a major disaster…

God can redeem it. I don’t care what it is that we do, God can redeem it. God can make it right. God can make good come out of it. That’s the thing that’s the hardest for us to understand, but in Romans He tell us, all things work together for the good: all things work together for the good to those who love the Lord, to those who are called according to His purpose. How many things? All things. I don’t care how badly we’ve sinned. I don’t care how badly we’ve blown it. If we will turn to the Lord, if we will enter into that relationship with the Lord, if we will seek the Lord and His love, if we will begin to live according to the call that God has placed on our life and for most of us, that’s simply to just love — love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, our mind, our soul, and our strength and love our neighbor as ourself. If we do nothing more, then all things — past, present, and future — will work together for good… It’s never too late to turn from our sin. It’s never too late to make things right with God. It’s never to late to make our stand and to allow God to deal with me…

[Jesus] died for sin, once and for all. It’s not an issue of sin anymore before God. Do you realize that? It is not an issue of sin anymore. But yet, we make it an issue of sin. God has made it an issue of relationship. God has made it an issue of simply walking right before Him. Loving Him. Knowing Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. But we get caught up in the sin. We get caught up in the good and the bad rather than when we blow it, turning to the Lord and saying, “God, I’ve blown it. Please, please Lord Jesus, heal me. Deliver me from my enemy, Lord!” And you know what? My worst enemy is myself. My worst enemy is me. My flesh gets in the way so often it just makes me sick sometimes. My enemy stands right here in my shoes. “God, deliver me from my enemy. Know my heart. Know my desire. Lord, my desire is to walk with You. My desire is to be right with You, Lord. I don’t know why I keep blowing it. I don’t know why I keep doing the wrong things. But I do. But, Lord, You heal me.”

Pastor Dave Elkins