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As an adolescent David defeated the giant Goliath. As a man he practiced repentance on an ongoing basis. As king he learned the hard way that obedience is not a natural human tendency.

Like King David, we all have allowed our flesh to rule our lives at one time or another by lying to ourselves. Believing our sin will not hurt others and will remain a secret.

King David eventually realized the error of his ways and publicly repented. Confessing his sin.

For I am conscious of my transgressions, and I acknowledge them. My sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight. So that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.  Psalm 51:3-4  

God alone decides what is holy, and what is evil. As much as you rationalize, excuse or minimize your behavior. If your behavior does not align itself with the Word of God, it is evil.

Declaring ignorance about God and His Truth is futile. From heaven God shows how angry He is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to crush the truth. They know everything that can be known about God because God has shown it all to them.

God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation God has shown what these are like by all He has made. That’s why those people don’t have any excuse. They know about God, but they don’t honor Him or even thank Him.

Their thoughts are useless, and their stupid minds are in the dark. They claim to be wise, but they are fools. They don’t worship the glorious and eternal God. Instead, they worship idols that are made to look like humans. Who cannot live forever and like birds, animals and reptiles.  Romans 1:18-23

But that’s not fair!

You should thank God that He is just and not fair!

Ask the slave working in the cotton fields in the 1800s about fairness. Or the ten year old working seventy hours in a factory in the early 1900s. Or the woman earning less than her male counterpart. Or the unborn children killed daily.

Fairness is subjective and at the whim of those in power. Whereas, the Lord’s justice is eternal and unwavering.

You should declare the greatness of our God— the Rock. His work is perfect. All His ways are entirely just, a faithful God without prejudice. He is righteous and true. Deuteronomy 32:3-4 

Behold, I was brought forth in a state of iniquity. My mother was sinful who conceived me, and I too am sinful. Behold, You desire truth in the inner being.

Make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean ceremonially. Wash me, and I shall in reality be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied. Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Psalm 51:5-9

It is difficult to believe the seed of sin resides in a newborn’s body. Nevertheless, this tiny, helpless body has the same spiritual DNA of Adam because Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world.

Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die. This happened. Though not everyone disobeyed a direct command from God as Adam did.

In some ways Adam is like Christ who came later, but the gift that God was kind enough to give was very different from Adam’s sin. That one sin brought death to many others. Yet, in an even greater way Jesus Christ alone brought God’s gift of kindness to many people.

There is a lot of difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gift. That one sin led to punishment. But God’s gift made it possible for us to be acceptable to Him. Even though we have sinned many times.

Death ruled like a king because Adam had sinned, but that cannot compare with what Jesus Christ has done. God has been so kind to us. And He has accepted us because of Jesus. So we will live and rule like kings.

Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned, but because of the good thing that Christ has done. God accepts us and gives us the gift of life. Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners, but Jesus obeyed Him and will make many people acceptable to God.  Romans 5:12 and 14-19

No matter how hard you try to camouflage the stench of your flesh through good works. It reeks of death. Do not be deceived thinking your goodness can overcome the yearnings of the flesh. Only God’s Spirit can destroy the sin inherent in your flesh.

By sending His Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. In that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the Law would be fully satisfied for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things. But those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. Remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all.

Christ lives within you. So even though your body will die because of sin. The Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.

Just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead. He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.  Romans 8:3-11

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation. And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness— Your rightness and Your justice.

 O Lord. Open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it. You find no pleasure in burnt offering. My sacrifice, the sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit— a broken and a contrite heart. Broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent. Such O God You will not despise. Psalm 51:10-17 

Yes, a broken and contrite heart— a repentant heart is precious to the Lord. It testifies to the world of the healing power of God’s love and forgiveness. Admonishing and encouraging the skeptic, the religious, the sinner not to be like your ancestors and your relatives. Who were unfaithful to the Lord God of their ancestors. He made them something that shocks people, as you have seen. Don’t be impossible to deal with like your ancestors.

Reach out for the Lord. Come to His holy place that He made holy forever. Serve the Lord your God, and He will turn His burning anger away from you. The Lord your God is merciful and compassionate. He will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.  2 Chronicles 30:7-9

Our heavenly Father is loving, compassionate and patient. He does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness. But He is long-suffering, extraordinarily patient toward you. Not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Despite his many failings, David had a special place in God’s heart. Receiving much favor and honor.

The shepherd boy who in anonymity cared for his family’s flock of sheep.

The giant slayer who refused to remain silent as God, His truth and His people were blasphemed.

The King who brought Israel into its Golden Age.

The worshipper who established an unprecedented for of worship in Israel.

The writer who wrote the Psalms.

The architect who designed the Temple.

But His most prestigious role is found in the New Testament. Jesus— Son of David.

WOW!

Today’s world is filled with giants— philosophies ridiculing and profaning God’s truth. In this war with darkness God is searching for Davids. Believers boldly and confidently confronting anyone or anything that defiles Christ and His truth.

Are you a David?

Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.

“CHRIST is returning!”

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Be a VOICE shouting in the darkness. Lets love others!

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