Caught! What Do You Do When God Exposes Your Sin?

What Do You Do When God Exposes Your Sin?

CAUGHT! Your heart stops suddenly. You're frozen in time. You don't have an alibi. You don't have an excuse. You can't get out of this one. You don't have a chance. You can't even think of a lie now. It's too late. You wish you could just wake up from this bad dream. You wish you could turn back the clock but it won't budge. It's stuck. You wish everything would just disappear but it can't. You're CAUGHT!

Today, we continue with Part 4 of our latest series; "God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others?" See Part 1 for the full list of seven points described in "A Method To God's Mercy". Click here for Part 3 - "Questioning God's Mercy? - Understand True Repentance". We'll continue today with our third and final installment on Point 1) God only accepts true repentance. He looks at the heart and knows if it's real or not. As you can see, this is going to be a very long series so I suggest that you make yourself comfortable. 🙂

Proverbs 30:5-6(NKJV) - Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Today's message is a Word from The Lord. As we see it in The Bible we accept it as the truth. We're not going to add anything to His Words. We have no intention of getting rebuked or being found as liars. If God said it, we say it. If God didn't say it, we don't say it. So let's dive in.

Proverbs 28:13(KJV) - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Lying is hard. If you start lying about something you usually have to continue lying to cover it up. Eventually you could get your own mind caught in such a thick web of lies that you refuse to accept the truth and start believing the lies. When it gets to that point you need help. Your reality is skewed and your mind becomes reprobate (Romans 1:28). Then suddenly God exposes your sin. You're CAUGHT!

1 Corinthians 4:5(NLT) - So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

BOOM! When God is ready, He suddenly turns the light on and the party is over. It's judgment time and nobody can escape! Those who have been living right should get excited but those who are in sin and want to stay there can't help but be totally terrified.

John 3:19-21(NLT) - And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

The conviction of The Holy Spirit is a good thing. It means you're still connected to God and you have not yet been cut off. Read Romans 1:18-32 in the New Living Translation for more. God only wants you to repent and be restored so that's why His Spirit wrestles with your heart until you let darkness go. It doesn't matter what you've done the only way to break free of darkness is by running to the light. You cannot escape the grip of darkness if you remain in darkness.

Case Study #2: King David - True Repentance 101

What Do You Do When God Exposes Your Sin?

2 Samuel 12:1-10(NLT) - So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.” David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

Ouch! That was intense!

King David - “As surely as the Lord lives, any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”
Prophet Nathan - You are that man!

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What do you think was going through David's mind? He had just gotten all worked up about the sin of this fictitious man in Nathan's story only to find out that he was that man. Wow! He was caught! At that moment it must have been the worst day of his life. His heart must have hit the ground and stuck there. God was the judge and found him guilty. Then the prophet told him his sentence.

God's Sentence

2 Samuel 12:11-12(NLT) - From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own. “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

My goodness, even King Saul didn't get punished this bad. Read "Truly Repentant Or Just Sorry For Getting Caught?" for more on that story. God really threw the book at David and there was nowhere for him to hide. At this point, King David was in exactly the same position as King Saul when Prophet Samuel accused him of sin in 1 Samuel 15:14. In each case, God used His prophet to expose the king's sin but the similarities end there. King Saul lied, denied and tried to hide his sin but King David is about to teach a class called; "True Repentance 101".

David's Confession and God's Forgiveness

2 Samuel 12:13(NLT) - Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.

In Proverbs 28:13(KJV), The Bible says; "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." It was that simple. King David immediately confessed and God forgave him. This is why God exposed his sin. He loved David and just wanted him to repent. God loves you too and would do the same for you. Saul hid his sin and got no mercy. David repented and received forgiveness. That's a kingdom principle which still works today. However, there's another kingdom principle that comes into play in situations like these.

What Do You Do When God Exposes Your Sin?

God's Judgment

2 Samuel 12:14-20(NLT) - Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the Lord by doing this, your child will die.” After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife. David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?” When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.

In Galatians 6:7-8, The Bible says; "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." It is true that God forgave David but the harvest of his actions was serious. He slept with Uriah's wife and killed him once he discovered she was pregnant so unfortunately the child died.

This kingdom principle of "seed, time and harvest" is as important as the principle of repentance. God may forgive you in an instant for any sin you've committed but you may still have to reap a harvest of your actions on the earth. That's what The Bible says and it's the gospel truth. I would be deceiving you if I said you could do anything and once you repent, never face the consequences.

God has forgiven murderers but they remain in jail. He has forgiven money launderers but their financial empire remains ruined. He has forgiven adulterers but that marriage they destroyed may never have been restored. Their eternal consequences were paid by The Blood of Jesus but they reaped a harvest on earth for the seeds they sowed. So after you ask for forgiveness should you still plead for mercy? Oh yes! Even in the midst of a harvest for sin God shows mercy to those who truly repent.

God's Mercy To David

2 Samuel 12:24-25(NLT) - Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.

Do you know that David and Bathsheba's second son became the great King Solomon? God took David's first son because of his sin but blessed his second son because of his repentance. This introduces a third Kingdom principle that applies to us found in Romans 5:20-21(NKJV); "Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.".

Even if you get caught red-handed in sin, quickly repent and ask God for His grace and mercy in your situation. It's available in abundance and even has the power to show you favor when you least deserve it. When David sinned, God chastised him but returned soon after to bless him again. That's grace. David didn't deserve for his second son with Uriah's wife to be blessed but God chose to do so anyway. God guarantees forgiveness to every repentant heart but He does not guarantee that no consequences will be faced for the decisions made. His grace determines how much, how soon or if any at all of the earthly consequences will be faced by the one who repents. That's really up to Him.

1 John 1:8-9(NKJV) - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

David repented and received God's grace but Saul hid his sin and never got another chance. In 1 Samuel 15:35 The Bible says that after pronouncing God's judgment on King Saul, Prophet Samuel NEVER went to see him again. The Bible says in Romans 1:24-25(NLT) - "So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen."

When God exposes your sin who would you like to emulate? David or Saul? If you choose to be like David, after you are reproved, God will return to you with His grace and mercy but if you choose to be like Saul you just might end up on your own. Choose wisely.

We'll be back tomorrow.

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