“The Cost of Losing God’s Restraining Grace” May 20

 

The Cost of Losing God's Restraining Grace - One of the consequences of willful sin can be the removal of God's restraining grace where He steps back and allows us to do what our sinful heart desires. Without that restraining grace, we find that the sin we thought we could control is now controlling us. As someone once said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”There is no sin in our lives that is too big or for which God won’t forgive us. But knowing that God will forgive us, doesn’t mean that’s our “ace in the hole” or that we can sin without impunity, like children with our fingers crossed behind our backs. The person who thinks he or she can do whatever and ask for forgiveness later is in rebellion against God and God is looking at the heart.

One of the consequences of willful sin can be the removal of God’s restraining grace where He steps back and allows us to do what our sinful heart desires. Without that restraining grace, we find that the sin we thought we could control is now controlling us. As someone once said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 11 & 12
Psalm 65.9-13
Proverbs 16.22-24
John 6.22-51

 

The Cost of Losing God’s Restraining Grace

 

2 Samuel 11 & 12:

David, Bathsheba & the Loss of Restraining Grace

 

Here in chapter 11 David sees a beautiful woman bathing on her rooftop and lustfully sends for her, knowing that her husband, one of his faithful men, is away on the battlefield. When she becomes pregnant, he tries to hide his sin and when his scheme doesn’t work, he orders her husband into the most dangerous part of the battle.

This is a sad page in David’s life story, one that would define and change the rest of his life and his reign. Even though God forgave him when he repented, the consequences of it were great!

Neither is there any sin in our lives that is too big or for which God won’t forgive us. But knowing that God will forgive us, doesn’t mean that’s our “ace in the hole” or that we can sin without impunity, like children with our fingers crossed behind our backs. The person who thinks he or she can do whatever and ask for forgiveness later is in rebellion against God and God is looking at the heart. God will not even hear our prayers when we are in that kind of willful sin:

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Ps. 66.18).

Romans 6.1-2, 15-16, 21, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? … What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? … Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.”

And Galatians 6.7-8 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

So what were the consequences of David’s and Bathsheba’s sin? Continue reading

The Jesus Code: The Course of Sin + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 7 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

This week’s question: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).

That was the conscience shattering question the Prophet Nathan asked David after he has sinned with Bathsheba and tried to hide it. Since David first looked over the roof of his house and saw her bathing, he had committed adultery, had her husband killed, and married her to hide her pregnancy.

The author says:

Ironically, at this moment in his life, David had reached the pinnacle of success. He was the undisputed king of Israel. He had driven out enemies who had plagued his people for years. He was not only a political success but a spiritual success as well. God referred to David as “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13: 22). It is difficult to believe that such a great man could descend from such heavenly heights to such devilish depths almost overnight.

When we think we can control sin, it can get its hook in us and take us on a downward spiral that we never expected.

Hawkins goes on:

It makes no difference whether it is David, or Adam and Eve, or you or me. The course of sin is the same. It begins when we see . . . then we covet . . . next we take . . . and finally we try to hide, hoping against hope we will not be found out.

David learned that the pleasures of sin are only for a season (Hebrews 11: 25). Bathsheba conceived as a result of her encounter with David, but their little boy died as an infant . What had begun in pleasure ended in pain and loss in several forms. But this was just the beginning of the heartache David would know from his own offspring. His son Amnon raped Tamar , his own sister and David’s daughter. Learning of the incest, Absalom— another of David’s sons— killed Amnon. And , as though that were not enough, Absalom later led a revolt against his own father and, during the battle, was killed by some of David’s men.

But when confronted, David repented. He is a great example to us that even the most grievous sins can be forgiven when there is genuine confession and repentance.

Next week’s question is, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

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Blessings,
Donna

 

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A few days ago I said we need to be willing to stand up for truth in the “everyday” things if we want to be able to stand in the “big” things. I’m reluctant to call this subject a “little” thing, because the moral decline of our nation isn’t little. But sadly, it has become an “everyday” thing.

As most of you know the book, and now the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, have become all the rage. So called enlightened people claim it can enhance your sex life and justify seeing and reading it a dozen different ways. But true enlightenment comes only from God and His Word:

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! (Matt. 6)

I read an excellent post on the subject this week and I want to share it with you. I hope you will take the time to read Rebekah’s post and consider sharing it with others.

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Sex, Bondage, Fantasy . . . and Embracing What is Real

Divine Counterpart

Be sure to check out the first in my series on Genesis, “Divine Counterpart,” on Ren’s website “A Look at the Book.”

 

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