How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! Psalm 32:1
If you’re serious about sanctification, you can expect to experience heart wrenching moments that try your faith, your endurance and your patience.
Jesus says that the flesh and the spirit are at war, meaning there are fighting between life and death. We can get a fresh perspective of the results of sin in our lives, from David’s sin against Uriah (2 Samuel 12: 11-13). The Lord will not allow us to rest in sin. God shows us that he hates sin; he will not let it go unpunished even in his chosen people.
The prophet Nathan confronted David, declared him free of sin but like God did to Adam and Eve, there were consequences for David’s choices. For one momentary gratification of desire, David was guilty for Uriah’s death, and for coveting that man’s wife. David’s decisions caused him, and his family A LOT of unnecessary suffering: the consequences were:
- There would always be violence and death in David’s family
- David’s wife would be taken by someone David loved
- His first born would die
Even if we may not face consequences of physical death, there are parts of us in the Spirit which suffer: our transformation process, our authority and/or our vision. Not only are we affected by our choices, but also the people we love, guide and influence. So much is at stake when we choose to sin! For instance the results (or consequences) are also anger, frustration, despair, brokenness, soul ties, self hate, guilt, resentment, stagnation, stubborn hearts, self condemnation, etc.
The book of Hebrews says that if we stay in sin… then there is no sacrifice for sins, and the Lord will leave us to a reprobate mind. God who is spirit, is pleased by our faith and faith looks like work! We were not saved by works, but if we love and believe God it looks like it. Remember Israel, the Prodigal son, Peter, David? He is also the Lord who disciplines, and corrects. He knows that we will reap what we sow, but He will not bring up the past or keep us grounded for long.
The Lord is a forgiving God. He takes away shame and guilt, brings healing and restores our soul to a position than we ever were. Don’t allow Satan to keep you bound to sin, mistakes or even your past: The Lord is willing to forgive you. He will heal the wounds and transform the mind. He wants you to come back to Him, and desires that you continue walking with Him.
I ask you for mercy Lord Jesus, for the consequences we may be facing or those which we may face in the future. You are the omniscient God, and only you know what our true consequences are- while we can only imagine. Thank you Father, for being the God of second and third chances. Thank you for remaining faithful although we ourselves are unfaithful. Thank You for Your Word, which has the power to bring us to repentance. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit! Thank you for restoring us and not allowing the enemy take our territory. Thank you for the hedge of protection around us. Thank you for the opportunity to expand Your kingdom and bring You glory. I pray for a time of restoration, for each of your sons and daughters depending on their desire to be restored and healed. In Jesus name, Amen.