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You Have Given Occasion to the Enemies

February 7, 2018

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You Have Given Occasion to the Enemies

People seem to have  the strong opinion  that their sins  are nobody else’s business.      If someone tells them plainly,  “You really shouldn’t do that.     That’s wrong,” —  in no uncertain terms,  they will be angrily told  to mind their own business.

But,  our sins are not just  “our business”.     Our sins affect everyone around us  —  family,  co-workers,  neighbors,  friends,  and who knows  who else.

When King David sinned  with Bathsheba,  the whole nation  was affected  by the wayward king.    People suffered  and died  because of David’s passion.    You can read about it  in 2 Samuel,  chapters 11 and 12.    And there’s more…

When the prophet Nathan revealed David’s sin  to him,  he told David  in 2 Samuel 12:14,

….by this deed  you have given occasion  to the enemies  of the LORD  to blaspheme…

Our sins also “give occasions  to the enemies  of the LORD  to blaspheme”.     Every time an unbeliever becomes aware  of our sins,  they sneeringly curl their lips  and blaspheme  the LORD God Almighty.    They huff  and call us hypocrites.    They laugh  and claim  that such a God  must not be worth following.     Many  of their derisive remarks  are posted  all over the Internet.     They never forget the sins  of a Christian.

Our blatant sins  often give unbelievers a reason  to never want  to become a Christian.     That makes us responsible  for their eternal death.

When David realized  how horribly  he had affected the lives  of so many  with his sin,  he was so sorry  and truly repented  with a broken heart.     Psalm 51 is David’s prayer  for forgiveness.    In Psalm 51:10-13,  he pleads,

Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,   
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.
Do not cast me away  from Thy presence,
And do not take  Thy Holy Spirit  from me.
Restore to me  the joy  of Thy salvation,
And sustain me  with a willing spirit.
Then  I will teach transgressors  Thy ways,
And sinners  will be converted  to Thee.

David could not bear the thought  of people losing their gift  of salvation  because of his lustful sin.     He wanted  to have his life straightened out  right away,  so that he could again be able  to share the truths  of God’s love  and forgiveness,  so that sinners truly  would be converted.

Do we think  of our sins  that way?     We should.

Whether we want  to accept it or not,  our lives will always be  a witness  to everyone around us.

Like David,  we need  to repent  and ask for God’s forgiveness  and help  in living  according to His word.     God surely forgave David  because of his humble repentance,  and Scripture often holds David  as an example  of God’s trustworthiness  in forgiving us today.

As we confess our sins  and repent,  we remember Jesus’ words  to the adulteress  in John 8:11,

“Neither do I condemn you;  go your way;  from now on  sin no more.”

That is simply put.    Forgiveness is sure  when we ask  for it.    We are not condemned.     In appreciation,  we need  to put a guard  on our tendencies  to sin  and keep ourselves  in check  for Jesus’ sake.

Knowing how God longs  to forgive us,  let us repent  and accept His loving forgiveness.     Then  we can be free  from the burden  of our sins  and joyfully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have set us free  to live  for You  in sincerity and truth.     Strengthen us  to always live  to Your glory  and honor.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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