2 Samuel 3:6-21

2 Samuel 3:6-21

2 Samuel 3:18Vintage message from February 28, 1999. (The original message was cut off at the end.)

The only thing that matters in life is the fact that God has told us to do it. If God has told us to do it, then we do it! … God allows for us to make wrong decisions, even as Christians. God allows for us to do things that are so stupid that it could destroy our life, even though we’re Christians. God allows for us to live in sin and bring dishonor to ourself and to His Name because He’s God. He’s not worried about us. He’s not worried about our sin. He doesn’t lose control because I’m out of control. And in fact, He proves His greatness by allowing our choice…

This is another point that I find: that when we are living in sin, even though I’m not directly responsible for your sin, I may be directly responsible for causing sin to happen in your life. You make the choice to sin, but you know what? If I responded rightly to God, if I allowed the Holy Spirit to work in me, and I responded right to you, then maybe you wouldn’t step into the life of sin you step into. God’s not going to hold me responsible, even though He does say…it’s better that you tie a millstone around your neck and cast yourself into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble…

The reason David was a godly man was because David was also a repentant man. David will in his life, even though he makes all these mistakes, even though the picture of his life is not very pretty, David comes to the place of repentance. He is not afraid to stand up to God and say, “Oh, yes. I blew it.”… Look at your life. Look at what you’re doing, how you’re living. Is your life a godly life? Are the things you’re doing — the things you’re thinking, the attitude of your heart — are they godliness? If they are not, then understand, God will let you do them, but you may be painting a pretty bleak picture of who you are. If someone was to stand back and get this overview of your life, what picture would they see? And understand, that picture, no matter how bleak, how nasty it looks, can be made right…

That’s what makes godliness. Not that we do the good, even though the good is desirable to do, but what makes us godly is when we can come to this place of agreement with God that yes, in fact, we’re sinners, and when our sin is pointed out or even before our sin is pointed out…you need to stand up and confess it God and say, “Yes, God, I am in agreement with You.”

Pastor Dave Elkins