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Go swimming – get wet.

Go swimming – get wet.

Amanda Mott – When someone comes to speak to you about your sin…thank them.

Crystal Krachunis – I want to win! Help me win this race.

Dawn Dalton – It’s not our job to rebuke those who don’t follow Jesus. It’s our job to correct a fellow believer, in love.

Brian Faith – When confronted with your sin, just say “THANK YOU!” Do not defend, deflect or deny.

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1 Sam 16:14-15-  Go swimming- get wet

  • Bad things happen when you’re not serving God
    • God is good. He does not perform evil, but many times in scripture we see that God does allow people to go through things that are not good, typically because of their disobedience
    • This is the point that we’re at with Saul. He has been disobedient. He has been bad, so now, God is allowing him to go through the pain of bad things
    • Understand this- the bible describes many times where the Punishment of God comes upon people who are disobedient.  He brought the flood of Genesis to purge the earth because of its evil, he destroyed cities that refused to repent, walk in disobedience- bad things happen
    • 2 Peter 2:4-6 God will punish
    • Miller said- Retribution upon flagrant, ongoing, impenitent lawlessness is not only right and appropriate; it is absolutely indispensable and necessary
    • Understand this tho- When the Bible uses the word “evil” in this case it is not in the sense of a spirit of the Devil, as much as it is broad term that doesn’t always refer to spiritual wickedness- it often is in regards to physical harm or painful experiences as a byproduct of sin
    • James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
    • Many commentators speak of the linguistic and historical nuance of the ancient Hebrew language in regards to the Hebrew word ‘ruach’ spirit and ‘evil’ and how all of this leads the reader to believe that God was not causing evil, but allowing it upon the sinner

 

 

    • Example- government-Romans 13:4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil EX- Life is bad bc decisions- God is doing it- NO
    • God is not performing the evil, or allowing ‘evil’ in this sense, but the wrath that falls upon the lawless is God ‘allowing it’ when he’s not actually the one performing it
    • A just punishment for a just action by a just God- our God is a God of Justice
    • Romans 1- “he gave them over” God didn’t make people perform the evil- but he did allow it
    • This distressing spirit maybe well have been Sauls own bad attitude that had come upon him- not specifically a demonic spirit that God sent on him, but a manifestation of his unrepentant heart and spirit that was externally displayed to others
    • wickedness can be used by God to accomplish his purposes, while not being the author of it
    • We have to be honest about what the scriptures say
    • Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
    • Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.’

 

  • What does it mean to you?

 

    • You have to live with the reality of understanding that if you are serving God, and then you turn away from serving God that bad things will happen to you.
    • People who live in unrepentant sin will experience death and may eventually stop serving God
    • The Bible is clear- when you sin- the by-product of sin is bad things. But God isn’t the one who is causing this sin, or creating this sin, the action of the individual creates the evil
    • Rom 6:23  the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

  • Jas 1:15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

 

    • When you sin, you create death. Death is evil. It is not life. Byproduct of sin is always death
    • Saul- he went from King of Israel to being removed being tormented by a spirit. Regardless of if it was in him, or on him, his sin produced death
    • Eze 33:18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. As a Christian- we should be doing everything we can to stop sinning
    • We WERE sinners- we came to Christ and we were saved from our sin- the penalty of it
    • THE GOSPEL- you were born into sin- turn from your sin towards Jesus for forgiveness

 

  • you may have noticed- you still struggle with sin as a Christian even while being forgiven of it

 

    • This is why Paul had many admonitions to Church people to stop sinning even tho FORGIVEN
    • 1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin;
    • Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

  • If you fight sin- you experience life- if you continue in your sin- you will experience death

 

    • My past struggle with pornography- I was still saved- but wear did it end if I had not stopped? I think its better to not find out- STOP IT. I’m no longer a sinner BC of Christ- but still SIN
    • Why? its possible for people to fall away! for people to Stop serving Christ because of sin-
    • If sin creates death- the only by product of continual unrepentant sin is to eventually stop serving Christ- To turn back to sin and live in it- sin always produces death
    • 2 Peter 2:21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

 

  • We must live with an expectation and hope of removing sin from our lives at whatever cost

 

    • If a man comes to Christ is a wife beater- is it possible that he could stop that upon being saved? You must answer yes- and if you can stop that, which sin next? Move towards holiness
    • Is it possible that as you walk through your life, moving towards heaven that you are continually working on removing those sins from your life? Mt 5:48 says to be perfect! w/o holiness heb 12
    • The Bible does not have good things to say about people who know the truth and turn to SIN
    • Ezekiel 18:24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.
    • Pr 21:16  A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
    • Heb 10:27 26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

 

 

  • The Bible is clear that there are people who are serving God, that will stop serving God and give themselves over to sin

 

  • 1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
  • online- Rev 3:11, 2 Cor 11:3,  2 Tim 4:4 Heb 4:4-6 REV 2:4-5 2 Jn 8-9 Lk 8:13 1 Tim 1:19-20

 

 

  • Realize that other people can help you not sin

 

    • Often times we are in sin- and we know that we are in sin and are warring against it
    • Doing what we can to fight it- to find the root and remove it- by whatever means
    • 2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
    • In this story- it appears as if Saul didn’t realize that his countenance had changed-
    • 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you.

 

  • The people around Saul noticed that something had changed with Saul- they told him

 

  • James 5:19-20 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
  • The people around Saul could see that he wasn’t well- and they wanted to help him
  • They are going to get some worship music and get him spooled up but this is important
  • What does it mean to you?
  • Two things- you must be willing to lovingly confront a brother in sin, and receive correction when you are in sin.  IN LOVE LOVE LOVE. Not to the unbeliever- only in relationship
  • Prov 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,But he who hates correction is stupid.
  • Do you want to be stupid? I don’t want to be stupid. I love knowledge.
  • So how do you walk that out? 1 How do you talk to your brother about his sin?
  • Mt 18:15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
  • You don’t go around and build a case against them and grab other people who feel the same

 

 

  • You find a time to talk to them- after you’ve prayed. After you have studied the scriptures
  • This isn’t a witch hunt- this is a believer helping a beliver who has fallen into sin
  • Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
  • 2 How do you receive correction will say a lot about who you are and where you are at
  • Prov 15:32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
  • Just like Saul- many times people see the sin on you before you do- you are blind to it
  • If you heed a rebuke- it will make you smarter- but every time you ignore it you will get dumber
  • Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
  • IF someone comes to you about your sin- and they are right- thank them and repent. Turn back to God in faith and be forgiven.
  • If your sin has been so grevious that it requires someone speaking to you about it- receive it
  • Do not be so prideful that you can’t receive correction that someone brought to you in love
  • Don’t start attacking that person in your head on why they are wrong- if they right they right.
  • Today- you need to be forgiven for your sins. If you’re a Christian- you need to keep turning
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