2 Samuel 12:1-13

2 Samuel 12:1-13

2 Samuel 12:13Vintage message from July 11, 1999.

I see a problem within the church today. I see a problem within my own life. Especially for those who’ve served God for any length of time, it becomes easy to justify glossing over God’s Word… Every time we see something that our flesh desires, and we begin to hunger for that, and we begin to burn for that, we then begin to justify why we should be able to have the thing or do the thing or desire the thing. We begin to despise God’s Word… But understand, God knows, God sees, and God cares. And you know what God cares about? God cares when we honor His Word. You know, God doesn’t love us because we’re good. If we think that God is chasing after us, if we think that God is caring for us because of our goodness, none of us would know Who God is. We would all be lost because there’s nothing good about any one of us… If you think you’re good, look at yourself from God’s perspective. When God sees you, when God sees me, He sees flesh that is entirely and totally and only wicked. But you know what? And this is the mystery to me. Why does God love us? What compels God to love us if, in fact, we are that ugly, that wicked? …God loves that which He has created!…

As much as God loves us, as much as God wants to forgive us, there are consequences to the things we do… Do you realize there is no such thing as secret sin? You can not sin before the God Who created you and get away with it… This is often the consequences of our sin: we sin in private but the result of our sin and the consequences of our sin are oftentimes very public…

You know, that’s all God wants from any of us: is that simple acknowledgement of what God already knows about us. He already knows that we’re extremely and utterly and totally wicked within our flesh. He has given us His Holy Spirit to clean up those issues of sin within our flesh so that the spirit that is contained within this flesh can have fellowship with Him… What God wants from me, what God wants from any of us, is that simple acknowledgement: I’ve sinned against the Lord, I’ve blown it…

It’s a simple confession before God that takes the sin away. God loves to forgive. God wants to forgive. In fact, God went to such great lengths to be able to forgive us that He even killed His Own Son…

Pastor Dave Elkins