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God is Not Looking to Punish You

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Divorced people are not fit for Christian work, especially leadership.
If you were promiscuous growing up, you can’t reprimand your children for fooling around.
If you don’t tithe, unexpected expenses will overtake you.

Statements like these show that we don’t understand God’s heart. God may hate sin, but He loves you. He loves you so much, He died to gain your forgiveness and freedom from sin’s consequences. The consequences include death and hell, but it also included so much more.

David relies on God’s mercy.

David understood this in response to one of his biggest mistakes. David decided to count the fighting men in his army (1 Chronicles 21). This was repulsive to God, because it showed a trust in numbers over God. Joshua did the same thing and suffered a great defeat (Joshua 7:2-5). Gideon wanted to do the same thing, but God just reduced his numbers (Judges 7:1-7).

After David had his fighting men counted, God sent Gad to him to give David three choice for the consequence for his sin: 3 years of famine, 3 months of defeats from your enemies, 3 days of the sword of the Lord. David’s answer shows his understanding of God’s compassion:

David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”

David stands in the gap between the people and punishment

God sent a plague on His people killing 70,000. He then sends and angel to destroy Jerusalem and David interceded for the people.

David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord, my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”

God relents and David builds an altar. This may not sound too encouraging, but there is more. It was at this spot that Solomon built the temple (2 Chronicles 3:1). It was the temple where the people of God had priests offer sacrifices for them to find forgiveness of sins and their consequences.

Jesus offers ultimate intercession for our sins

David knew, trusted, and gained access to something that wasn’t yet fully available. Jesus would come later and would remove every consequence of sin. He defeated the grave and paid for our sins.

David’s story tells us:

  1. Sin has a real and devastating effect on our lives.
  2. God wants to relent on the repentant.
  3. He is looking for someone to stand in the gap.

Jesus perfectly stands in the gap for us (Isaiah 53:10-12).

Will we trust God to cancel every effect of our sin?

Thank you for sticking with me so long on this. Here is the takeaway.

A lady approached me recently for prayer who had tightness in her lungs. She tells me that God dramatically broke her from a smoking addiction a year ago, but felt this was related to the years of smoking. In essence she was saying, “I would like to be healed, but I know I brought this on myself.”

Are we honoring God by saying the ramifications of our decisions are too great an obstacle for His cross? Will we trust Jesus for heaven which we can’t see, but not trust Him for the other things He offers that we can see now?

The consequences are no longer yours to own. To say that they are is to agree with the enemy. It keeps you in captivity. It becomes a barrier to the abundant life Jesus offers.

What about discipline? Do you think a loving father would want his children to suffer at the hands of the enemy just to teach them a lesson that they already repented of? God loves you too much to plug His ears to your cries for mercy.

Go to God for your freedom. It has been paid for – press in to access it. Don’t give up. Refuse to let go of the goodness of God for you. This is how you hold on to the promises of God that He rewards.

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