Facing Consequences... ( What You Sow Is What You Reap... Part 1)

Kindly read 2 Samuel chapter 11 and chapter 12 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+11-12&vers...

Even David sins....
As David walked on the roof of his house one evening, he saw a beautiful woman taking a bath. Someone told him she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, a Hittite soldier off fighting with David’s army. David should have put Bathsheba out of his mind when he heard she was married, but he didn’t. David makes his worst mistake yet. He takes his neighbor's wife, and tries to cover it up. He kills the woman's husband when he can't conceal the error. But God knows the truth.Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.(Gal. 6:7)
Can we hide from God? No. Can we cover up our sin? No - it just leads to more sin.

In 2 Sam. 12:1-6 Nathan tells David he is just like this man because he took Uriah's only wife.

David is very upset. He begs God's forgiveness and prepares to do what he can to restore his relationship with God.

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Although he is forgiven, David had serious consequences to deal with. First, the child conceived would die. Also - David's many children would always fight.
This is especially hard on David because he loves all his children very much.

What is consequence?
Consequences are outcomes – negative or positive - of a person’s action.
You cannot escape the consequences of your actions. What you do comes back to you.
Your actions all have consequences. Don't ever be fooled into thinking that your actions don't have consequences. Don't think you can get away with bad choices even if you don't seem to get caught.

Despite David's sins, his penitence could serve as a model for salvation.

Many of us, seeing consequences in their lives and this is one of the reason why we can not totally move on, stepping forward and enjoying the salvation we received from God!

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When David experience his consequences (2 Samuel 12:15-19).. he faced his consequence. When he learned that his first born son to Bathsheba died... he stood up...and said:...While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. (verses 22-23) He even comforted Bathsheba...

David’s sins were severe and so were the consequences of his sins. Yet, he didn’t try to hide from them or blame God for their consequence. He accepted responsibility for his actions and dealt with the pain they caused. Many of us try to hide from our sins, too and even when confronted with them we deny them. We get angry at the hardships that are brought on by our own choices instead of accepting the responsibility for them and doing better.

David was a remarkable man. Obedient and patient, he persevered through hardships trusting in God. He relied entirely on God. When he did stumble, he was quick to repent and ask forgiveness and didn’t repeat his sins. He took personal responsibility for his actions and didn’t try to get out of the consequences. He took the time to learn God’s voice and thank God in everything. All of us could learn from David.
He worships God by acknowledging and proclaiming His sovereignty.

In Psalm 18, we see David’s total reliance on God, “ The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. David takes nearly everything to God and trusts Him for answers to all his problems. Not only is his reliance on God remarkable, his humility is too. So often, we think that we can take care of all our problems and only when they have trampled us do we surrender them to God.
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Many of David’s Psalms are prayers of thanks. As difficult as things were for David, he never forgot to thank God. From Psalm 103 “ A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. “

If you struggle with knowing how to pray and learning how to hear God’s voice, spend some time with the Psalms of David. He learned to talk to and listen to God like perhaps no one else ever has besides Christ. In prayer, David found comfort, forgiveness and direction. Prayer can do the same thing for us if we only spend the time to do it.

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