Falling into Sin and Rising
Falling into Sin and Rising
If you fall into sin, will you rise again? King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband killed; yet God forgave David (2 Samuel 11:2-14; 12:10-13). A prodigal son in the Bible went away from home and lived riotously, but his Father welcomed him back home (Luke 15:11-32). I fell into sins similar to some of those committed by King David and the prodigal son; and the Lord forgave me and helped me to rise again.
The Word of God assures us, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, if we fall we shall rise again (Proverbs 24:16). But it is not God’s will that we should continue to sin that grace and mercy may increase (Romans 6:1). If we love the Lord, our desire should be to please him by obeying him.
Yet, Scripture indicates that each of us may have weaknesses and a sin that easily cause us to fall, if we are not prudent (Hebrews 24:16). However, through prayers and the Word, the Holy Spirit can make us prudent. The Spirit of God could use your looking at the biblical experiences of King David, the prodigal son, and perhaps even my own experience of falling as a believer; to caution you and prevent you from falling into sin. The Spirit might use what you see to help you, or to enable you to assist someone else to rise from a fall.
Sin is tempting and deceiving and can cause you to fall (Jeremiah 17:9).
David was called a man after God’s own heart, but he seemed not to have realized that any person can fall into sin. Spending too much time on his balcony watching Bathsheba bathe in the nude caused him to start lusting in his heart and falling into sin. When his passion of lust for Bathsheba reached a point of being inflamed, he sent for her and committed adultery with her. After he found out she was pregnant with his child, in an effort to cover up his sin of adultery, he committed perhaps and even more egregious sin in having her husband killed.
Like David, I was not mindful of how much I needed to be on guard against a weakness that could so easily cause me to fall into sin. I had been seeing a young lady in my church named Monique. But her old boyfriend came back to town and she got back together with him. To be more competitive, foolishly, I began to participate in heavy petting with her. I told myself, petting was no big thing, especially compared to my past heavy sexual involvements before I accepted the Lord. Was this a case of minimizing my sin by comparing it to what is seen as more “egregious” sins? Sin deceives you when it enters into your heart.
Sin can deceive you in many ways once it enters your heart. As time passed I became more sexually involved. Although I did not participate in sexual intercourse, I went from passionate kissing to “dirty dancing.” My “dirty dancing” escalated to other young ladies.
While I was in denial about my sexual involvements, I was being deceived in another way concerning Monique. I convinced myself that Monique would eventually leave her old boyfriend. I told myself she would come to see that he was an unbeliever, and that the Bible says believers should not be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers. Ironically, in my own state of self- deception, I was violating the Bible, while thinking she would recognize and obey the Bible.
You must be careful to guard the door of your heart with all diligence, unless sin deceive you and cause you to fall (Proverbs 4:23).
God always offers us a way of escape from temptations that cause us to fall into sin. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
King David had many wives and concubines that he could choose to have sex with. As King, he could have searched his Kingdom and found a maid that was even more beautiful than Bathsheba to have sex with. But David allowed his lust for Bathsheba to get out of hand.
God offered me a way out of my growing sinful passion. A church brother named Bob invited me to an event at an associate church in another town. While on the way there he talked about a “very beautiful” young lady at this church. When I got to the church, I saw a young lady who stood out in the congregation as being very beautiful.
The choir director from my church, who was at the event, asked me to sing a solo. Perhaps unknowingly, the director put me in the spotlight for the beautiful young lady and other young people to see. When the church service ended, a mother of the church invited Bob to her house for lunch. I tagged along. I discovered later that this was the house of the beautiful young lady. While the mother was preparing fried-chicken for lunch, I played with a little boy in the backyard until I was tired. Then I went into the house and sat on a couch to rest. The little boy came and sat beside me. To my amazement, the beautiful young lady came and sat on the other side of the little boy, whom I learned was her brother. However, her vibes told me she was also interested in me.
I sensed God was setting things up for me and the beautiful young lady named Joy. I went to see her several times. She was interested in the work of the Lord and in me. I was attracted to her. However, I was still more emotionally involved with Monique. I had allowed my passion for Monique to get an upper hand.
You should draw near to God at the first sign of temptation. (I didn’t). If you fail draw near to God and resist the devil at the onset of his temptation, he can get the upper hand and your life; then he can go on to build a stronghold of sin in your life. (James 4:7-8).
Letting sin into your life permits the devil to progressively get more control of your thinking and passions
The case of King David sinning shows us how the devil uses sin to gets more and more control of a person’s thinking and passions. The devil convinced David that “there is nothing really wrong in looking” at a beautiful nude woman. Then the devil led David step by step from being a harmless “peeping tom,” to being an adulterer, to being a murderer. At the point of sinning where David thought about covering up his adultery with Bathsheba, we can see how the devil helped David devise a clever scheme for killing her husband that would leave David looking, and perhaps feeling, innocent of any wrongdoing.
The devil had already made progress in controlling my life with lust and sin; but had plans to take more control. He led me to think if I could get away from the situation with Monique and Joy for a while, the messed I made would clear up. Perhaps while I was away God would change his mind about Monique. Maybe my getting away from Monique would cause my feeling for her to subside, and allow my feelings for Joy to grow. I decided to leave town. Like the Prophet Jonah fleeing from what the Lord wanted him to do, I hopped aboard a transport headed out of town.
I landed in NYC, thinking I would “chill” at my mother’s house until the internal storm was over. I believed time would clear my head from all the mess swirling about Monique and Joy. (The real mess was really more about my relationship with God.) However, things didn’t soon get clearer.
After going to church in NYC for a while and being lonely, I was attracted to a lovely lady in church named Jean. It was not too long before I married Jean. But it was not too long after being married, I recognized I had a problem of lust that marriage would not satisfy. Lust was at the point of being fully blown.
You must guard against the devil’s use of sin to build a stronghold in your life.
Sin is not only progressive but it can be destructive.
Like the “prodigal son, I left home and got into riotous living. I went on a trip further away from the Lord and from my wife, in an attempt to quench what seemed to be an insatiable passion of lust. I got into life’s fast lane. Trying hard to satiate lust and sin, I pursued pleasure and excitement with a passion that was out of my control.
I lost my wife. I questioned the relationship I thought I had had with the Lord. However, when I looked back, I realized I did not continue to abide in the Word of God. When confronted with lust, I did not submit myself to God and draw near to Him; I denied sin was at the door of my heart; and I did not resist the devil that would cause him to flee. (James 4:7-8).
If we fall into sin and repent, God forgives us and causes us to rise again,
If we fall into sin and repent, the Lord forgives us, like he did King David who repented of his sins of lust, adultery and murder. And he received us back into his loving arms, like the Father did with his prodigal son, who contritely returned home after living riotously.
After falling into sin and rising again, David realized he had the same tendencies as other people to sin against God. He learned to ask God to search his heart and thoughts and see if there was any wicked way in him and lead him in the Lord’s way. I learned as David did.
I also learned that the Lord actually helps us to rise again when we fall. The Spirit of God leads us to repentance. The Spirit did not permit the devil to use my ungodly passions and thinking to destroy me. However, God’s Spirit allowed unpleasant circumstances into my life that caused me to reach the bottom of my life of sinning. And having been instrumental in me reaching my bottom, he convicted me of my sins. The Spirit made me acutely conscious of my sins of disobedience. He made me painfully aware that I had neglected his calling for me to teach and help others; and that I had done serious harm to my wife. (In another testimony, I share how the Lord helped me repair my relationship with my wife.) The Spirit of the Lord led me to repentance and forgave me for all my sins (1John 1:9). I thank God for his love and forgiveness.
Although God forgives us when we fall into sin and enable us to rise again; it is not his will that we should continue to sin that grace and mercy may increase (Romans 6:1). If you really love the Lord you should not continue to sin; but you should stay close to him through pray and his Word; and you should obey him (John 14:15).
A Personal check-up on your weakness and relationship with the Lord.
Has your weakness ever caused you to fall into sin and compromised your relationship with the Lord? ___________________________________________________
If so, what was the besetting sin, and what problems did it cause in your life? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Have you sought God for his forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
How might you asked the Lord for his help and strength in your area(s) of weakness, that you might not continue to sin against him; but live to please him in in all area of your life (Romans 6:1-4; Hebrews 4:14-16)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________