Vol. 38, No. 10
YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT
By Pastor George Mills
This is an unfailing promise made by God Himself. I know of no better illustration than to examine the life of one of the greatest men in history, that is, the life of King David. He made some of the biggest blunders in history, but the Bible says that he”was a man after God’s own heart.” Let us first see…
King David.. David was not where he should have been when his great sin happened. 2Sam 11 says, “At the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him…But David tarried still at Jerusalem.”
Bathsheba. Bathsheba was not where she should have been. I believe that it is clear from the text that she knew when David would be on his balcony, so she made sure to take her bath at that time. Now Bathsheba was married to one of King David’s soldiers, Uriah by name.
David saw Bathsheba in her bath and he sent his servants to bring her to his chamber.. They had an adulterous affair.
Uriah. When David learned that Bathsheba was with child because of this adulterous affair he
sent to the battlefield for Uriah to return to see his wife, Bathsheba. We have to admire the choice of Uriah not to see his wife until all of his comrades could see their wives.
Nathan. Nathan was a fearless Prophet who delivered God’s message to David. David had committed a great sin and God sent Nathan to let David know that He knew about his affair. Note the message Nathan delivered to King David…”And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him and said unto him. There were two men in one city. The one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up, and it grew up together with him and with his children, it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man and he said to Nathan, as the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die . And he shall restore the lamb four fold, because he did this thing and had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man, thus saith the Lord God of Israel. I anointed thee king over Israel. I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul. And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives unto thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah, and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given thee
such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord to do evil in His sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword and hast taken his wife to be thy wife and has slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house because thou hast despised me and has taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, behold I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes and I will give them to thy neighbor
and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of the sun. For thou didst it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun And David said unto Nathan I HAVE SINNED AGAINST THE LORD…” (2Sam. 12:7-13).
David has committed two great sins…
He has broken the Law of God. “Sin is the transgression of the Law of God.”
He has had Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba killed.
King David did his best to cover his sin. He has had Uriah killed in battle, and has taken Bathsheba for himself. It seems that everything is all covered up. No One knows. No one will ever find out. Oh, but wait David, God has said, “YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT.” “He that covereth his sin shall not prosper, but he that confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Pr. 28;13). You know, I believe that many in the King’s palace knew about the sin of David that night. Think of the many guards on duty, the night watches, the palace cooks who probably worked all night.. There are eyes that see! You know, it is just in man to try to cover his sin. It started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. They tried to cover their sin with fig leaves, but as the Bible says, “Be sure, your sin will find you out.” The Bible has many examples of man’s efforts to cover his sin. From Adam, to Achan, to Saul, to David, to Annias and Saphira. Yes, it is man’s nature to try to cover his sin, but all in vain. It seems that a man with the power of David would have no trouble in covering his sin, “BUT GOD.”
Oh, the condemnation of sin! God sent the prophet to tell David about His condemnation of David’s sin. “For thou didst it secretly but I will do this thing before Israel and before the sun.” God told David that the sword will never depart from his house. The king was supposed to be an example of morality for the nation. “I have sinned” David cries in verse 13. God in His Grace forgave that sin, but there is a price to pay for sin. There are consequences. David paid a bitter price for breaking the commandments of God. He had to weep bitter tears. And so it is with sin, “Be sure, your sin will find you out.” God would not allow sin in the King’s house, in the White House, the State house, the County house, the City house, the Rich house, the Poor house, nor the Church House!
If you study the life of David after his affair, you will find a miserable man. Read Psalm 51, Psalm 32.
You will see The conviction of his conscience. “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. Day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me. My moisture is turned into the drought of summer..” (Psa. 32:3-4). David had gone from tears to sweat until there was no more moisture in him.
You will see Holy Ghost conviction. “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me,” (Psa 51:11). The Holy Spirit did not live in the Old Testament believer, but He was always near.
You will see conviction that comes from “Transgression” or breaking the Law of God. (Psa 51:3).
“He that covereth his sin shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. As you read Psalm 32, Psalm 51 you see David confessing his sin. “My sin is ever before me.” What sadness, what hurt, but that’s the way of sin. Now all of Israel will know, nothing is hidden. All that David can do is to claim the Mercy of God. Thank God for His Mercy. “It is of the Lord’s Mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” (Lam 3:22).
What a high price tag. Sin is the costliest thing in all the world. Sin has brought nations down. Sin is bringing our nation down. Sin will cost you, and me! Sin will leave scars and marks that history will not erase, like that of King David.
Sin may cost a Dad his family.
Sin may cost a Wife her honor and praise.
Sin may cost a young girl her virtue.
Sin may cost a young man his strength.
“Sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death.”
Sin cost God His Son.
Sin cost our Lord Jesus the suffering and pain of the cross.
He paid for my sin, for your sin, and for the sin of the whole world. “He was made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the Righteousness of God in Him.” (2Cor, 5:21).
For the unsaved, the cure for sin is to trust the Lord Jesus and His finished Work on the Cross of Calvary. “In who we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin according to the riches of His Grace.”Eph. 1:7) 1:7). God will come into your life at your invitation and be as real to you as He was to Moses at the burning bush. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn 1:12).
For those who have received Christ, but failed in some way, the Bible says, “If we (Christians) confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn 1:9). Talk to God. He is always there to hear your prayer.
And let us all pray for our great nation. This nation was born with God’s Blessings. Born with the acknowledgment of God’s Word. This nation cannot survive the moral and spiritual decay much longer. As God was moving in the days of David, so He is moving in these days. I do not know what lies ahead for this nation, I do know that unless there is a turning back to God, We can “BE SURE YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT.”
Question….”What happens when a believer sins?
A sad truth is that believers DO sin. There are sins of commission, and sins of omission, both are equally wrong. The Book of First John was written for Christians. This is known as the believer’s refuge. When believers sin, our fellowship, not our relationship is broken and our prayers are hindered. 1John 1:9 says, “If we, (Christians) confess our sins, He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This is a true test of our salvation. If we can live in sin and enjoy it, that is a good sign that we have never been born again. As you read Psalm 32, and Psalm 51 you can clearly see how David did not enjoy the fact that he had sinned. The true believer will not be happy until he has made things right with the Lord.
THERE IS NO SIN SO VILE, NO CRIME SO CRUEL, NO WRONG SO WOEFUL BUT THAT THE GRACE OF GOD CAN FORGIVE AND TRANSFORM THE VILEST SINNER INTO A VESSEL OF HONOR FOR HIS GLORY.
“For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting and His Truth endureth to all generations.”
FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills
WHAT A CELEBRATION!
What a celebration we had on our 60th Wedding Anniversary, a day we will never forget!. Many thanks to our children that loved us enough to plan and work so hard to make sure our day was so special. And yes, we have the most loving, caring and special children ever. You missed a blessing if you were not with us with all the hugs and sweet fellowship we had with our friends and family. I had my two brothers, and two of my sisters to surprise us with their presence and what a happy reunion time we had! Nephews, nieces, grand kids, and great grand kids all there to help us celebrate our 60 years together that God has so graciously given us. We do thank God for His unfailing Love and Goodness to us down through these 60 years. He has strengthened us and kept us up and going as we try to serve Him, for this we are thankful. God is good, there is no good thing in us, but God is good! We thank Him for His blessings on our lives and we plan to continue to walk with Him as long as we live. We are already planning on celebrating our 61st Wedding Anniversary, next year, July 31, so make plans to be with us. Until then, Be Happy, be Thankful and love one another. Hope to see you at our 61st!
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for His Goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
THINK ABOUT IT….Think about your Bible. Let me share some thoughts with you about the blessed Word of God. There are many who take issue with the verbal Inspiration of the Bible and with the fact that God has preserved His Word .
Is the Bible revealed for all men or for scholars? Answer…All men
Do I have the right to change or update? NO!
TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens
A FULL MIND
I have a simple question to ask; What do you spend most of your time thinking about? If you would focus your attention on that you could actually change a great deal in your life by simply changing your mind. Would you be willing to try it? I bet almost every one of you would experience a positive change in your life. In the day and age that we live in, it can be a daily challenge deciding what we place in our lives. With the internet, magazines, movies, and music we need to be careful and choose very wisely the things we allow to flood our minds. What we allow to fill our heart and minds will eventually manifest itself in our lives. We may say that it won’t affect our lives, but it will. As things go through our eyes and ears, eventually we are going to slip and say, or do something that will reflect the things that we have filled our minds with. In order to try and get rid of these evils we must ask God to give us the strength. He will take our hand and help us to say no to these harmful evils. Even though we may fail Him with things we shouldn’t have done or have seen. He is faithful to forgive us if we confess our sins and repent. He has completely erased all of our past from His memory. We can’t change the past, but we can control the future, and we know who holds it.
May God bless your life each and every day.
Until next time, Ashley Stevens
STILL THINKING ABOUT THE BIBLE…
If I cast a doubt on one verse, is that casting a doubt on all verses? YES!
What “originals” are preachers referring to since there are no originals?
You answer your own question. Since there are
no originals, there are no originals to refer to.
BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
By Pastor George Mills
“Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
There is no way we can fathom the depths of the finished work of our Dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament, when Abraham, in obedience to God was going to offer his son Isaac upon an alter, Isaac asked the question; “WHERE IS THE LAMB?”(Gen. 22:1-14). That question went unanswered until John the Baptist pointed to Christ and cried out; “Behold The Lamb of God.” May I share with you four brief points from the Word of God, (KJB).
A HOPELESS CONDITION……SIN!
AN ONLY SOLUTION……THE LAMB OF GOD
A SIMPLE DIRECTION….BEHOLD THE LAMB
A SURE SALVATION…HE TAKES AWAY SIN.
A HOPELESS CONDITION; SIN! As you say the word”sin” it has the hiss of a serpent.
If I were to ask one hundred people; “What is sin?” I would get a hundred different answers. Some will say that sin is hatred against someone, another would say that sin is adultery, or drunkenness, or murder, or child abuse, or robbery. On and on the list would go.
Notice that in our text, John said “the Lamb of God which taketh away THE SIN, (singular). Just what is THE SIN?
First, sin is not necessarily a moral condition. Some people are very immoral, but sinners. Some are very moral, but sinners. In John, Ch.3, Jesus spoke with a RELIGIOUS man by the Name of Nicodemus. This was a notable and respected man, a Pharisee. Then in John 4, Jesus spoke with an IMMORAL woman. This woman was living in adultery and had five husbands. She was everything that Nicodemus was not. And in Ch. 4, Jesus spoke with a NOBLEMAN. Three very different people with nothing in common, that is, except for one thing, THEY WERE SINNERS! We are prone to place people in different categories and say that this one is worse than this one, and so on. They all were sinners. All had the same need. Jesus did not come to this earth for the down and out only, He came also for the up and out, and for all in between.
WHAT IS SIN? John 16:8-9 says, “And when HE (the Holy Spirit) is come He will reprove the world of SIN, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of SIN because they believe not on me. SIN IS UNBELIEF! Sin is our natural condition. Sin is our birth mark. We are born sinners. We do not have to commit some vile act to become a sinner. We do these things because we are sinners….By BIRTH, by NATURE, by CHOICE. Again, SIN is unbelief.
HOW DID SIN GET TO ME? We are born that way. “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men for that ALL have sinned.” (Ro 5:12). In the Book of Genesis, ch. 3, Adam sinned. He incurred a sinful nature. Through the natural birth process, Adam’s sinful nature was passed on to his children, and right on down to you and me..
THE UNIVERSALITY OF SIN. Romans 3:10-23 teaches us that sin touches every life, every life! If you read that text in Romans 3 you will fine that man (all mankind) is a sinner from the top of his head all the way down to his feet..
THE RESULTS OF SIN. Separation from God, spiritual death, physical death, and eternal death. Man is a sinner. He can deny that, refuse to face that fact, but man is a sinner Hopeless and helpless to do anything about his condition
AN ONLY SOLUTION. “The Lamb of God.” There is only one solution for the sin question; THE LAMB OF GOD! He takes away sin! Jesus said, “He that believeth on me is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already because he HATH NOT BELIEVED in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Jn. 3:18). Did you see that? UNBELIEF is sin. UNBELIEF will bring you down to hell. Jesus came to take care of that unbelief. He alone is God’s way of taking care of the sin question. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” (Jn 14:6).
A SIMPLE DIRECTION…BEHOLD! To “behold” means, “to look.” Look to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” In order for one to settle the sin question in his/her life is to, by faith alone, look to Jesus Christ. Our Lord said in Jon 3:14, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus is referring to the incident in Numbers 21 where the Israelites sinned against God and God sent fiery serpents into the camp and the serpents were biting people and they were dying. The people went to Moses with their problem and Moses went to God. God told Moses to make a brasen serpent and lift that brasen serpent high upon a pole so all could see, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, if he would look at that serpent, he would not die, but would live. That’s all they were to do, just LOOK and LIVE. A SIMPLE DIRECTION. In that very same sense, the only thing we can do about the sin problem is to look to the Lamb of God; Jesus Christ.
He did not say “look to good works.”
He did not say, “look to Church membership.”
He did not say “Look to baptism.
He did not say “Look to some priest, or Lord’s
Supper, or look to some charity.
He said, LOOK TO THE LAMB OF GOD” Now, all of the above are good in their proper place, but only a simple LOOK TO JESUS can settle the sin question. I know, some will say, “now preacher, that’s too easy. We must do something.” I am glad it’s simple. Little children can understand. I found it simple the day I received Him as my Saviour. I am glad that John did not say, “clean up,” “fix up,” “start,” stop” “quit,” etc. He said “Look To Christ!” Today, if you will look to Him in faith, believing, He will come into your life, forgive your sin, and make you a new creation and you can start living TODAY!
A SURE SALVATION.
He takes away sin. There were many “lambs” in the Old Testament, but none of them could take away sin. The sacrificial lambs gave their lives for the people, their blood was placed on the Mercy Seat, but this did not take away the first sin. By their sacrifice, the sin debt was rolled back from year to year. Sin was not paid for in the blood of animals. Read Hebrews 10:1-12. Jesus offered Himself as that ONE offering for sin, forever. “When He had BY HIMSELF purged our sins sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb. 1:3) “For by ONE offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” (Heb. 10:14). The sin question has been settled. Christ did for us that which we could never do for ourselves.
He takes away sin…John 1:29.
He will not remember our sin, Isa. 43:25.
He cast our sin as far as the east is from the west.
There is so much in this study, but I must bring it to a close, By way of review…
SIN. The sin. The ROOT. All are born in unbelief.
SINS, plural. The FRUIT. This is the result of that sin of unbelief. All ungodliness, rebellion, crimes against God and man. The list is endless.
Jesus took all of the sin of the whole world in Himself and bore them on His cross, and took them out of the way in His Resurrection.
The only thing that God requires of you and me is for us to receive His Son, (John 1:12). “How do I receive Him?” You receive Him when you ask Him into your heart, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” He will never knock down the barriers in your heart and come in unbidden. The Holy Spirit is there, where you are. Do what millions around the world have done. Let us rejoice in the FINISHED WORK of Jesus Christ!
The only way for Salvation to be available for all men is for all men to be saved the same way. All are saved who trust in Christ alone!
BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
By Pastor George Mills
Behold the Lamb who takes away,
The sin of all the world.
On Him all sin, there God did lay,
And from east to west He hurled,
The sin of all of Adam’s race,
To be remembered never,
By trusting His sufficient Grace,
Man will live with Christ forever
Behold the Cross where all the sin,
Upon the Lamb was laid,
Behold the Lamb in silence there,
As all our debt He paid,
Behold the tomb where He did lay,
It’s empty, not a trace,
Redemption’s price the Lamb did pay,
Behold that empty place.
Behold the Lamb of God who died,
Behold the Lord who lives,
Behold God’s Law now satisfied,
Behold how He forgives
All sin that ever came between,
Lost mankind and the Lord,
Behold the Lamb, His Glory seen,
Behold the Lamb of God.
THINK ABOUT IT….Compared to the great mountains of the world, Mount Calvary is just a small hill. But nothing on any mountain top can ever compare with that which happened on that hill, called Calvary.
Let’s face it…Trust your Bible, that is, the Old tried and proven Word of God. The bottom line on all of these “VERSIONS’ on the market today is MONEY. Multiplied millions of dollars are made each year from the sale of bibles. Many, many years ago I made up my mind that I would stay true to the Old Book (KJB) that brought me to Christ I have not changed. I heard about a fellow who tried to change horses in the middle of a stream. He fell and drowned. STAY WITH
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian, or to the unsaved. The world, (Satan’s advisers) would have you to be forever confused about the sin question. The world would have you working a work that you could never finish. Thank God that in Christ there is no problem with sin. The problem has been solved. Sin was paid for in full at Calvary!
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> AND CONSIDER THIS…In Exodus 12, the Israelites were commanded to prepare a LAMB for the Passover. The firstborn of all the land will die if the blood of a lamb is not applied to the door of every home.
In Ex. 12:3 He is described as A LAMB.
In Ex. 12:4 He is described as THE LAMB.
In Ex 12: 5 He is described as YOUR LAMB.
The Israelites were to be sure the blood was applied to their door. Their salvation depended solely on that blood being applied.
Some speak of Christ as A LAMB, or one of many. Some will even speak of Him as THE LAMB. But He is of no value to you until He becomes YOUR LAMB. And He is YOUR LAMB by faith alone
This is the day of opportunity. There are more ways than ever to spread the Gospel around the world. One way we can all help is through distributing good, Gospel literature. The communists recognized the power of the printed page many years ago and they flooded the world with their literature. The cults here in America have the largest printing presses. At last, many churches are using the printed page. I am glad for this. The WILDERNESS Tracts are simple and easy to read. We have always offered tracts free to those who will prayerfully use them. Order some and help send out the Gospel. Give them to the mail man, the gas man, the grocer. Mail them to unsaved friends and loved ones
YOUR PRAYER “HOT LINE.”
The very moment you got saved you became a child of God. Certain privileges came with that fact. One of these great privileges is access to God, 9Eph 2:14-18. Jesus bought that access for you on the Cross of Calvary, Now you can talk to God any time, night or day. No one has any more access than you have. Every believer should see daily answers to prayer. God delights in YOUR PRAYERS. This does not mean that you are going to get anything and everything you ask for. It does mean that God will give you what’s best for you. Because you personally have access, you do not have to get someone else to do your praying for you. You do not have to dial some “800” number, or dial some religious headquarters. There are no “super Christians” who can get to God before you can. Your access is not through some earthly media. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of Grace that we may obtain mercy and find Grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:14). Now, that’s your “prayer hot line.” Use it!
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