God’s Grace is always Greater than our Sin. Find out what we can do to receive Gods grace and blessings in our lives.
Do you live in a state of fear, defeat, and anxious thoughts? Do you feel like you’ve just had too many failures? Not applied the optimal level of self discipline? Failed relationships, job difficulties, mental or physical challenges.
Feeling selfish much? Do you sometimes disregard other peoples need for love, acceptance, or attention by putting your needs first? Do you make excuses for your sinful attitudes or the ‘little’ lies that won’t hurt anyone? Or have you made some really bad choices in your life in the past like King David did and you are living in misery, guilt, fear, and anguish?
Wherever you fit into these scenarios, the good news is that God loves you so much that he has great things planned for you. But if you are living in sin (even the little white lies) and not walking in a right relationship with God, it may be impacting your ability to receiving his blessings.
We are all human and born with a sinful nature. But we don’t need to continue to live in that sin. Jesus Christ already covered our sins through his death on the cross and cleared the path for us to be in a right relationship with God. It’s our responsibility to keep that right relationship with God as we fail ourselves and fall into sin. We need to acknowledge our human nature, shortfalls, sins, and ask for forgiveness. Check out this example of King David, his bad choices, his misery, his prayer, and his restoration. This is an example that we can follow too!
Most of us have heard the bible story of King David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. It’s so hard to believe that King David, who was anointed by God and also accepted by both Judah’s and Israel’s people to be their King, could also be a murderer and adulteress. King David who had received God’s blessings throughout most of his life from a very young age when he was just a shepherd boy tending his families flocks. As a young boy he was described as ruddy, glowing in health and having a fine appearance and handsome features.
We also look back at David’s life, specifically in 1 Samuel 17. There we read of the story of David and Goliath, which is the first example of when God blessed David and conquered David’s enemies. God delivered David’s enemies into his hands over and over. David loved the Lord and was very intent to follow God’s standards and laws that were provided. David executed good judgement and was responsible, just, and right for all of his people. He did not use his position for personal gain although he very well could have.
Even with God’s blessing as he reigned as King for forty years, David was still human and was a great man but he was tempted by a bathing beauty and he made some really bad choices. Those choices brought pain and suffering for many of the people that looked up to him, their families, and David himself suffered miserably through guilt, misery and anguish. (Psalm 32). David lost four sons in total but the Lord did bless both David and Bethsheba with a son Solomon who became King over Israel and was the third and last in the ancient United Kingdom of Isreal.
The wonderful message that we learn as we study these events in scripture in the books of Samuel, is that God’s grace is greater than our Sin. See God sent a respected and trusted friend of David’s to help David realize his sin and the significance of his decision to reject God and God’s Word. God loved David so much that he intervined to help David get back on track. Then the Holy Spirit who is our counselor and our teacher, convicted David of his sin and David acknowledged his sin, prayed to God and repented, and asked God for forgiveness. And God did exactly that! Because nothing, not even a great big fat sin, can separate us from the love of God.
Romans 8:38 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Although sin has far reaching implications as David did experience, God restored David and forgave him of his sin. God’s love is greater than all our sin. What I find fascinating is how David prayed for forgiveness. I think this is a great example that we can choose to follow:
Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
- “Blot out my transgressions” – Lord, erase your record of my sins.
- “Wash away all my iniquity” – That there is no longer a trace of my sin that remains
- “Cleanse me from all my sin” – Purify me through and through Lord
Then be thorough each day to take an inventory of even the smallest sins. Pray through Psalm 51 that David prayed. Keep a short list, in other words, through daily reflection and intentional maintenance to keep sin at bay. To receive protection through all the tools, people, and resources that God has provided each of us.”
- Read Gods Word
- Talk to God through prayer asking for clarity and help to acknowledge your sin
- Know what temptations you struggle with and keep a close tight watch
- Ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you and enable you to walk away from those temptations
- Know that Satan lies. That it’s not okay to sin – that it doesn’t matter – that no one will know
- Establish a couple of accountability partners or friends to encourage and support you
God bless you as you apply these actions and draw closer to God, become more like Jesus everyday, and enjoy the daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit!