by Pastor Mitch
July 12, 2009

Confronting Our Sin Problems

Do we conveniently overlook our sins? Sometimes, we feel that it is easier to set aside our sins rather than to deal with them. King David tried to disregard his sins. After committing adultery with Bathsheba, David found out that she was with child. He tried to cover up his sin and he ended up committing the hideous sin of indirectly causing the death of Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba. Soon after, David married the wife of Uriah and she bore him a son. For over a year, David conveniently overlooked his sin until Nathan had to confront him of his sins.

“Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight?” 
2 Samuel 12:9

Nathan rebuked David for despising the commandment of God. He had done great evil before God because of his disobedience. Young people, it is important that we too must confront our sins honestly and openly. Let’s seek to deal with them.

Praying With Regard To Our Sin Problems

How can we go about praying as we seek to deal with our sin problem?

1. Confessing Our Sin Before God

“For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.” 

Psalm 51:3

David learned to confess his sins before God. He acknowledged how sinful he was. He was constantly thinking about them. It is always good to come “clean” before God… to acknowledge and to confess our sins. We cannot hide our sins from God.

2. Pleading The Lord For Mercy

“Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies” 

Psalm 51:1

When we seek the Lord for forgiveness, the only basis we can do this is through His great mercies. The first thing that David did was to plead the mercies of the Lord. He prayed that the Lord would be merciful to him according to His great love and multitude of mercies. Young people, let’s plead that the Lord will be merciful to us.

3. Seeking The Lord For Cleansing

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.” 

Psalm 51:2

Last but not least, David sought the Lord for cleansing. He sought for a total cleansing of sin from his life. We all need the Lord’s work of cleansing in our lives. Let’s seek more than just forgiveness from the Father. Let’s pray for His cleansing too.

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