The High Cost Of Low Living


2 Samuel 11 (Program 1978DVD, Air dates 10.2.11 and 10.9.11)

    1. David was a man after God’s own heart.
      1. Acts 13:22
    2. David was:
      1. A king
      2. A poet
      3. A mighty warrior
      4. Humble
      5. Brave
      6. Noble
        1. 1 Samuel 26:23
    3. Yet David fell into deep, dark, hateful, heinous sin.
    4. The Bible doesn’t hide the scars on David’s life.
      1. David did not go to war; rather he stayed in Jerusalem.
        1. 2 Samuel 11:1
      2. David’s sin
        1. 2 Samuel 11:2-5
    1. The sin of idleness.
      1. 2 Samuel 11:1-2
      2. The harvest was over and the battles had begun but David stayed in Jerusalem and was lazy.
      3. There are two fields that everyone of us need to stay in:
        1. The battlefield
        2. The harvest field
      4. This is the sin of omission.
        1. David isn’t doing something wrong at this point; he’s just failing to do something right.
        2. James 4:17
        3. Every sin is ultimately a sin of omission.
      5. There is a time for legitimate rest, but you’re not supposed to stay in bed all day long.
        1. Proverbs 24:33-34
        2. We are to stay busy.
          1. Luke 19:13
    1. The sin of carelessness.
      1. 2 Timothy 2:3
      2. David didn’t fall at his point of weakness, but rather, at the point of his strength his integrity.
        1. Psalm 26:1
        2. An unguarded strength is a double weakness.
        3. All great men of God fell at their point of strength.
          1. Simon Peter fell at the point of his courage.
            1. Luke 22:33
        4. Proverbs 4:23
    2. The sin of impulsiveness.
      1. David had not planned to commit adultery with Bathsheba.
      2. Sin is a combination of three things many times:
        1. An undetected weakness
        2. An unexpected opportunity
        3. An unprotected life
      3. David never dreamed that he would have committed this sin.
    3. The sin of callousness.
      1. 2 Samuel 11:6-15
      2. David’s sin with Bathsheba was a hot-blooded sin.
      3. David’s sin with Uriah was a cold-blooded sin.
      4. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
    4. The sin of stubbornness.
      1. David was under great conviction, but he went one whole year without repenting.
      2. David was not only cold but he began to rationalize his sin.
      3. He was stonewalling God.
    1. 2 Samuel 11:27
      1. David’s sin displeased the Lord and he knew it.
      2. Psalm 38:1-2
    2. What happens when a child of God sins?
      1. There are words of rebuke.
        1. Psalm 38:1
        2. God will speak to you through His Holy Spirit, someone, or something to rebuke you.
        3. If you’re a child of God, God WILL rebuke you.
      2. There are arrows of conviction.
        1. Psalm 38:2
      3. There is the hand of pressure.
        1. Psalm 38:2
        2. God doesn’t toss you away when you sin; He puts His hand on you and squeezes.
          1. Psalm 51:8
        3. Thank God when you have that kind of pressure.
          1. Hebrews 12:8
    3. The most miserable man in the world is a child of God out of fellowship with God.
    4. When you are saved God doesn’t fix you up where you can’t sin anymore; He fixes you up to where you can’t sin and enjoy it anymore.
    5. David’s sin wearied him.
      1. Psalm 38:3
    6. David’s sin weighted him.
      1. Psalm 38:4
      2. Sin is a very heavy weight.
    7. David’s sin wounded him.
      1. Psalm 38:5
      2. David is talking about spiritual gangrene.
      3. Sorrow is a clean wound; it will heal. Guilt is a dirty wound; it will only fester until it’s cleansed.
    8. David’s sin worried him.
      1. Psalm 38:6
    9. David’s sin wasted him.
      1. Psalm 38:7
      2. Sin promises much but pays little.
      3. God’s plan is one man for one woman.
      4. God’s plan is premarital chastity and post-marital fidelity.
    10. David’s sin weakened him.
      1. Psalm 38:8
      2. David speaks of himself as being blind, deaf and dumb.
        1. Psalm 38:10
        2. Psalm 38:13
      3. David’s friends and family deserted him.
        1. Psalm 38:11

    1. 2 Samuel 12:9
      1. God doesn’t just let your sin go on and on.
    2. There are four steps in which God deals with our sin:
      1. There is conviction.
        1. The words of rebuke
        2. God is not trying to get even with us. He is just trying to correct us.
          1. 1 Corinthians 11:31-32
      2. There is chastisement.
        1. Hebrews 12:6
        2. God is more concerned about your holiness than He is about your health and prosperity.
        3. God loves those whom He chastises; He loved David.
          1. Psalm 89:34
      3. There is confrontation.
        1. God sent Nathan the prophet to David to confront his sin.
        2. God will use His Holy Spirit, His Word, the people in our lives or even a circumstance to confront our sin.
      4. There is consummation.
        1. 2 Samuel 12:13
        2. David was a great sinner but became a great repenter.
        3. God was getting ready to kill David.
          1. 2 Samuel 12:13
          2. 1 John 5:16
        4. Moses didn’t die because he was old and weak.
          1. Deuteronomy 34:7
        5. God was going to kill Balaam.
          1. Numbers 22
    3. God will cleanse you of your sin no matter what the cost, even unto death.