We have all done it before. We asked God to forgive us, and promised Him that we wouldn’t do it again…then found ourselves right back in the same behavior again, and sometimes again and again.
Has this ever been you? Sure, we all have.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Whether you slipped up or carefully planned your presumptuous (premeditated sin in the 1st degree), you did NOT surprise God when you messed up.
Psalm 19:13 (NKJV)
13 Keep back Your servant also from PRESUMPTUOUS sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of [a]great transgression.
Think about this, David was ordained King and a man after God’s own heart, God already knew that we was going to see Bathsheba bathing, lust after her, abuse his authority and have her brought to him, have sex with her, get her pregnant and then carefully plan to have her husband Uriah (who was very loyal to him) killed to conceal the sin. David did not take God by surprise.
God already knew Noah was going to get drunk after he delivered him and his family in the flood (Genesis Chapter 9).
God already knew that Abraham was going to sleep with Hagar when it was taking too long for Isaac to be born (Genesis Chapter 16).
God already knew that Jacob was going to lie to steal Esau’s blessing (Genesis Chapter 27).
Yeshua already knew when He called Peter that he would deny Him three times (John Chapter 18).
And, God already knew when you accepted His Son as Lord and Savior that you would ____________________________. ( You fill in the blank. You know what you did or are doing).
Their sin didn’t disqualify them and yours doesn’t disqualify you.
Think about this. It wasn’t David’s sexual sin that disqualified him from building a house for God, as he longed to do. It was his violence (2 Samuel Chapter 7).
Notice that David’s sin did not disqualify him from being King, He did not have to surrender his ‘thrown’.
David’s sin did not mean the Psalms that God gave us through Him could no longer be sung, read or prayed.
David’s sin did not disqualify Him from being a man after God’s own heart.
Why? Because David repented (2 Samuel Chapter 12 and Psalm 51), unlike King Saul, who he succeeded. Saul never repented and He was rejected by God and lost the throne to David (1 Samuel Chapters 15-16).
The key is repentance. Yes, you may slip up. You may even stay in that sin for a season. But, the fact that you weren’t comfortable in that sin is proof that God’s Holy Spirit was convicting you. The fact that you aren’t comfortable in that sin, if you’re in it right now, is proof that the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) won’t allow you to have any peace right now. It proves that you are His.
You didn’t catch God by surprise. If you’re practicing a sin right now that you know hurts God…stop right now, before God stops you. If you have repented…be strong and don’t go back.
Be encouraged. God already knew everything you would do when He chose you!
Your sin didn’t or doesn’t disqualify you, as long as you truly repent…now.