Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 12:1-14
We are no different than Adam, Eve, or even David. We are all sinful and we try to justify it. We try to tell ourselves it’s not as bad as others’ sins. Daily in the garden, God would walk and talk with Adam and Eve. Yet there come a day that they disobeyed and rebelled against God. We all need to be honest about our sins with God. How did David come to his realization that he was a sinner and it wasn’t someone else’s fault? It’s the same with us, conviction. It doesn’t matter who you are, your sins will find you out. Only God is able to bring a person to such a level that they must repent of their sins. David being convicted guilty of his sins not only killed an innocent man had also caused a child to be killed as well. Their blood was on his hands because of his lack of repentance. How do we see a revival, we must repent.
What will bring a person to finally repent?
There are people that are saved but are backslid. What will it take for these people to repent? What will it take for those that are not backslid but living with sin in their lives to repent?
We have a lot of people whose names are on our book records, 257 to be exact. Some may have never moved their membership and are attending another church. There are others that maybe just weren’t saved, to begin with, and are lost. Then there are those that are saved but are backslid against God and the church. Our heart’s desire should be to see those missing people get their hearts right, repent and come home. We should strive to see those that are lost, and saved. We ought to pray for God to do whatever it takes to bring those to repentance. Pray for the conviction of God to lite upon those that are in need of repentance. God doesn’t save those that don’t want to be saved. God doesn’t make a backslid person go home when they don’t want to. The prodigal son ran out of his desires and when God told him to go home, he went home. When a person’s bed gets too hard and the sheets too short, then they will start to seek answers. Their souls are worth more saved than lost.
When one sins they sin against Heaven. Why is this so bad? Because of who is in Heaven, God, Jesus Christ. God the Father created all living things, the Earth, the Heavens, you, etc. Jesus Christ, the one that came to Earth as a man only to be sacrificed for our sins. The Holy Spirit of God that dwells inside us also lives not only inside us but in Heaven. When we sin we grieve the Holy Spirit. Our hearts should break when we sin.
In the story of the prodigal son, his repentance began when he came to his senses and began to turn to go back home. When one makes their first turn towards repentance, God sees it. Once one makes up their mind and begins to head towards repentance, God sees that obedience. In the story of the prodigal son, the father was already fixing the problem before the son said he was sorry. God does the same thing because He sees obedience and He also knows the heart.