The High Cost of Low Living

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Children of God are just as capable of sinning as they were before they were saved. However, there is a much greater cost to their sin than before.

King David was a man above every other man—none more noble, gifted, or humble than David; yet he fell into a deep, dark sin. David committed the sin of adultery with a married woman, and she conceived his child. So, David then committed the sin of murder.

We need to know the tragic cause of David’s sin, so that we may know how to avoid the high cost of low living.

First, David committed the sin of idleness. 2 Samuel 11 reveals that David was home when he should have been with his compatriots in war. This is why we are called to the harvest field or the battlefield, to stay occupied, lest we commit a sin of omission.

Second, it was a sin of carelessness. David began to take his many victories for granted. He presumed God would keep blessing him. This teaches us that an unguarded strength is a double weakness.

It was a sin of impulsiveness: David wasn’t planning to sin that day.

Adrian Rogers explains, “Sin is a combination of undetected weakness, an unexpected opportunity, and an unprotected life.”

It was a sin of callousness. When his scheme to cover up his sin was compromised, David ordered for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to be killed in battle. He planned, connived, and orchestrated calloused, cold-blooded murder.

It was a sin of stubbornness. Despite the conviction he felt, David went a whole year without repenting. But God did not forget David’s sin, and He wouldn’t let David forget either. David’s sin weighted, wounded, and weakened him. David received words of rebuke, arrows of conviction, and hands of pressure from God.

David was finally confronted by the prophet, Nathan, and was convicted and chastised. He had to pay the consequences for his sin. But God was faithful to forgive him; He is faithful to forgive us, too.

Apply it to your life
Perhaps it’s time for you to be lovingly confronted, too. If you have muddled through or glossed over your sin, thinking God has forgotten, He has not. Repent of your sins and ask God for forgiveness.



Yeah, I’m talking to some of you, you’ve been mighty warriors for the Lord. But now you’re getting careless. You think that you are so strong, don’t you? You think that you cannot fall, don’t you? You think that you cannot fail? Isn’t that right? You’ve got a great record behind you. Just like David had a great record behind him. Let me tell you where David fell. David did not fall because he was weak. David fell because he was strong. David fell not at the point of his weakness, but at the point of his strength. Adrian Rogers was a motivator, an encourager and a leader of the faith who presented a clear invitation to follow jesus at every opportunity. He was also passionate about presenting scriptural application to everyday life circumstances. And you’ll see that in this series of messages that were calling how to weather the storms of life. Have your bible ready and join us for this study from God’s Word. Before we begin, remember, you can follow along with Pastor Rogers outline notes, a transcript and other resources related to today’s message, All at L WF dot org. Now, let’s join Adrian Rogers. I want you to find please 2nd Samuel Chapter 11. This is a sad chapter in the Word of God. It’s a tragic chapter. The story of David’s sin with bathsheba title The message this morning. The high cost of low living. The high cost of low living. Can a child of God sin? Yes. Can a child of God sin and not suffer? No, I want you to pay attention to this scripture. I love David. David is a man that I look forward to meeting in heaven. I hear the bible called David a man after God’s own heart. King David poet, Sweet singer of Israel, mighty warrior, one of the greatest men in my estimation who ever lived, I’m telling you that David was a man among men and a man above most every other man and incredible individual. And yet David fell in the deep dark, hateful, heinous sin. And this chapter tells about it verse one, and it came to pass after the year was expired. At the time when kings go forth to battle that David sent joe ab and his servants with him and all Israel and they destroyed the Children of Ammon and besieged robber. Now watch this. But and in my bible I have the word but underlined. But David carried still at Jerusalem. Now, David did not go to war. He was a warrior king. It was a time when kings went to war. David was a king, but but he carried still at Jerusalem and it came to pass in an evening tide that David arose from off his bed and walked upon the roof of the king’s house and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after the woman and once said, Isn’t is not this bathsheba the daughter of a lion, the wife of Uriah, the Hittite and David sent messengers and took her and she came in on to him and he lay with her for she was purified from her unclean Nous and she returned unto her house and the woman conceived and sent and told David and said, I am with child. David committed the sin of adultery. The woman conceived and now David is in perplexity. They say, Pastor, what does that have to do with me? Well, I want to say that every one of us need to take warning from this message because none of us in this building is a better man than David was. First of all, I want you to see what I’m going to call the tragic cause of David’s sin. How could a man like this fall into sin? I mean a good man like this. Let me let me tell you what his sin was. First of all, it was the sin of idleness. The sin of idleness. Look in verses one and two again, the bible says here, that was the time when kings went to war. But David is there in Jerusalem. Now the bible says the harvest was over and now the battle has begun and there are two fields that every one of us need to stay in. One is the harvest field and the other is the battlefield. If you’re a man of God. A woman of God. A child of God God never intends for you to ever get out of the harvest field or the battlefield. If we’re not in the harvest field, we’ll be in the battlefield. If we’re not in the battlefield, we’ll be in the harvest field. But here’s the problem. David is not doing something wrong at this particular time, except that he’s failing to do something right. Davidson here is the sin of omission. It is the sin of idleness. And well, have we heard that idleness? An idle heart? An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. The sin of omission. The bible says to him that north to do good and do with it? Not to him, it is sin. I’m going to tell you something, folks. Every sin ultimately is a sin of omission. Every sin. Because if you’re doing what you ought to do, you cannot be doing what you ought not to do. Is that not true? And so David should have been with his compatriots in war. He should have been at the king’s battle, at the, at, at fighting the king’s war. But he was not. What was he doing? He was in bed. When was he in bed. Now, listen to this. When was he in bed In the afternoon? The bible says that in the even time when the sun is setting, David rises from the he is in bed lolling around and now he gets up to go walk out and look on the roof of his house. Now, there is a time for a legitimate rest. But you’re not supposed to stay in the sack all day long. The Bible says in Proverbs 24 verses 33 and 30 for yet a little sleep. A little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep. And so shall poverty come. Is one that prevail it. And I want as an armed man. Where was his sin? # one, it was a sin of Idleness. # two, it was a sin of carelessness. Now, David was a warrior king, but now he has taken off his armor. But what does the bible tell us to do? The bible tells us in second timothy Chapter two verse three endure hardness as a good soldier of jesus christ. Why had David taken off his armor? There was a battle going on. But now, David, it had so many victories. He had so many victories, he now begins to take victory for granted. He just presumes that God is going to keep on blessing. I’ll tell you what else It was not only was it a sin of idleness? And not only was it a sin of carelessness, it was a sin of impulsiveness. He had not planned to send that day, he had no idea he would have done such a thing when he woke up. I mean, it was not in his plans. He had not been scheming. He’s not been planning the bible. Just says that he he looked out there. He’s he’s walking on his rooftop. He looks over there and there she is. There she is. And the bible says he saw her and that fire of lust began to burn in him. This was his impulsivity, his impulsiveness that caused him to sin. And he had no idea he would have done such a thing. Are you listening to me? Let me tell you what sin is. Are you listening teenagers listen to me? Sin Is a combination of three things. So many times. It is an undetected weakness, an unexpected opportunity and an unprotected life. And unexpected an undetected weakness. An unexpected opportunity compounded by an unprotected life. That’s the reason that you must keep your heart protect your life. You do not know what is latent in your old flesh, you say, well, I’ve been saved a long time. My flesh has improved. Your flesh has not improved one scintilla, an iota, that which is flesh is flesh. And that’s the reason that you must do as the Lord jesus christ told us to do when we pray every day, say, Dear God lead us lest we fall into temptation, deliver us from Eve and you bring the mantle of God’s protection over your life. Because there is an undetected weakness and unexpected opportunity and unprotected life. And you may go down. He was impulsive in this sin, he did not intend to do this thing. I’ll tell you what else it was. It became a sin of callousness. You know what happened if you begin in verse six of this same chapter, You’re gonna find out that when David discovered that bathsheba was pregnant, he tried to cover the thing up, he said, I know what I’ll do. I’ll bring her husband home from the battlefield. They’ll spend the night together and then he’ll think that’s his child. Well, he brought your I a home from the battlefield. But your idea love David so much and he was so loyal to his soldiers on the battlefield. He said, I can’t be here having romance with my wife when my fellow soldiers out there on the battlefield. So rather than rather than going home, he just slept outside David’s door just to protect David as king. David realized then that the plan wasn’t going to work. And so he said, I’ve got to do something to get rid of your idea because your eye is going to know this is not his child. So David calls the commander in chief of his army, joe Abney says, take your idea and put him out there in the battle right in the forefront of the battle. And then when he gets out there in the forefront of the battle, withdrawal of the troops and that man will be out there and he’ll be killed and we can tell everybody was killed in battle. It was a diabolical plan. Hatched in hell. How could David do something like that. Here you’re Ia is David’s friend and now he’s going to die by David’s hand, idleness, carelessness, impulsiveness, callousness. And now stubbornness, stubbornness. God has spoken to David. David was under great conviction. But David went one whole year without repenting and getting right with God. How stubborn was David? And some of you in the place right now, you not only cold. You’ve rationalized this thing. Uh, your your stonewalling God, you’re thinking somehow you’re gonna make it work somehow. God’s gonna forget about it somehow. You think the statute of limitations is going to run out somehow. You think you’re just gonna muddle through a gloss over the thing and you stubbornly go on day after day after day after day thinking maybe God has forgotten you know what happened? David continued to be the king. He continued to wear that smile and put on that front, that was the sin, The cause of David’s sin. Now, I want you to notice the second thing. I want you to notice not only the tragic cause of it, but I want you to notice the tremendous cost of it. You’re in chapter 11. Look in verse 27 if you will, the last words in this chapter, The last part of the verse, but the thing that David had done dis please the Lord. That’s underscored in my bible. But the thing that David has done displeased the Lord. Now, David knew it displeased him. I want you to put a bookmark there and turn to psalm 38. Because in Psalm 38, David speaks of this displeasure. So put a bookmark in in the 2nd Samuel 11 and And turned to Psalm 38. Here in Psalm 38, you’re going to see the tremendous cost of David Sand? I said at the beginning, can a child of God saying yes, can a child of God sin and not suffer? Absolutely not. Now, remember that the bible says that the thing displeased The Lord. Now see how David speaks about this. Displeasure looking versus one and two. O. Lord rebuke me not in thy wrath. Neither chasten me in thy heart displeasure for thine arrows stick fast in me and thy hand presses me sore now. What what happens when when a man, when a child of God sins, will go back up to verse one. Oh, Lord! Rebuke me not in thy wrath. The very first things are Words of rebuke God, the Holy Spirit will speak to you. God will rebuke you. When you say God will put his finger on the sore spot and say that was wrong. Now, listen, if you’re living in sin high, wide and handsome, it may be the sin of adultery. It may be some other kind of sin. And God does not rebuke you. There is no conviction. I wouldn’t give half a hallelujah for your hope of heaven. Listen to me. If you’re a child of God God will rebuke you. There were words of rebuke, and then secondly, there were hours of conviction. Look, if you will in verse two for thine arrows stick fast in me. God pierced his heart. God said David, what you’ve done is wrong. It is horribly wrong. And then notice also, he says in thy hand, pressing me sore words of rebuke. Hours of conviction. The hand of pressure. Sometimes people have the idea, oh well if we sin God just tosses us away, You’ve got it 180° wrong, God doesn’t toss you away. If you’re a child of his. When you sinned God puts his hand on you and squeeze he says, your hand, your hand was have you Upon me in Psalm 51. He spoke of his bones being broken. He’s a poet. He’s speaking poetically, he’s saying God, you’re crushing me. God, you’re squeezing the life out of me. Do you know that kind of pressure? If you’re living in sin and know that kind of pressure you better thank God for it. If God has words of review. If God has hours of conviction, If God has a hand of pressure on you, say, thank God, he loves me too much to let me go on this way. He’s under conviction. Now, this is a mark, that a person is saved. The bible says, if we be without chastisement, then we’re illegitimate. We’ve never been saved. You see, listen, learn this, learn this, The most miserable man in the world is not an unsaved man. The most miserable man in the world is a child of God. Out of fellowship with God, Is that not right? Far more miserable than an unsafe man? Other men in the kingdom could have done these kind of things and never would have felt like David when God saves you, God doesn’t fix you up where you can’t sin anymore. But mr, He fixes you up where you can’t sin and enjoy it anymore. Full the high cost, the high cost. The high cost of low living a few moments of pleasure. The tragic cause. The tremendous cost. Now, I want you to see with me if you will different the timely challenge to David’s sin. Do you think God’s just gonna let this go on and on? Oh, no, you’re gonna find out that God sent somebody to speak to David about his sin? There is a confrontation. Look, if you will in chapter 12 now and verse nine, the bible says, Samuel is speaking to him, Nathan the prophet rather, and says, Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord to do this evil in his sight. Let me let me tell you how God deals And I’m gonna have to collapse a few things here, but I want to give you the four steps how God deals with a man when he’s in this kind of a sin. The timely challenge. First of all, there is conviction. We’ve already talked about that. That’s that conviction. Those words of review. That hour of conviction. That hand of pressure. Now, what should you do if there’s sin in your life? It may be just the scent of coldness. It may be a very small sin, not a big sin, but you deal with it immediately. The bible says in first Corinthians, chapter 11, verses 31 32. If we would judge ourselves, would not be judged. God is not trying to get even with you. God just wants you to be corrected. He goes on to say in verse 32. But when we’re judged, we’re chastened of the Lord that we should not be condemned with the world. When parents punished Children, they’re not trying to get even with those Children, they’re trying to correct Now, there’s some there’s some Children all you have to do. They just look at them and their little hearts will melt. You don’t say, well, if if the child is repentant and the child has changed and no longer doing that. You don’t say, well, I’m gonna punish them anyway. What you want is a change of behavior, that’s all you want. If we would judge ourselves, we’d not be judged. God is not trying to get even with his child. God wants to correct that child. So first of all, there’s conviction. Well, suppose the conviction doesn’t work. 2nd chance. 2nd step chastisement. God will carry you to the wood shed, Hebrews 12 verse six, for whom the Lord loves. He chasing and scourges, every son whom he received. And don’t think that God won’t chastise you. And the word scourge is a word for severe whipping. Let me tell you something. God is more concerned about your holiness than he is your health. God is more concerned about your righteousness than you’re driving a cadillac or living in a big house or having business success. God is more concerned than your reputation. And God will appropriately chastise you not because he doesn’t love you, but because he does love you. He loved David Read Psalm 89. God said, I’ll never break my covenant with David. Alright, There’s conviction after conviction. The chastisement after chastisement, There’s confrontation. God will bring you to a confrontation. I mean, God will not let you go on. God sent Nathan, the prophet to confront David and and and God said, now, David, you better get right. You will not go on like this. Now, I don’t know how the confrontation will come to you. Maybe the confrontation will come to you in a book that you read. Maybe the holy spirit of God will just speak to your heart. Maybe it’ll be your wife. May you be your husband, maybe it’ll be your pastor. Maybe it’ll be a friend. Maybe it’ll be some circumstance, but you’ll know that you’re right on the threshold of being judged. Now, suppose the challenge is not taken, suppose when God says, alright, I have tried conviction, I have tried chastisement. Now comes a challenge. Now comes a confrontation. I am drawing a line in the sand. Now, suppose you don’t listen to this, then the last thing is consummation. Look, if you will in chapter 12 verse 13 ah, here’s what the prophet said to David and David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. Thank God. He came to that place. David was a great sinner, but he finally became a great repent. Er I have sinned against the Lord and Nathan, said unto David, the Lord also has put away thy sin bow, shout, not die. Do you know what was happening? God was getting ready to kill. Let me say it again. God was getting ready to kill David, He said. God doesn’t do that. You better re read your bible, you better read first, john chapter five, Where the bible says there’s a sin unto dad. If you’re living in sin and God is not dealing with you, you know, you know what you need to do. You need to get saved. You need to get saved. And if you’re living in sin and God is dealing with you, you know what you need to do. You need to get right with God. You need to get right with God. Listen, this is not a playground, we’re not, we’re not, this is not just sunday morning church, God is serious about your life. He wants you to live a righteous and holy life what you say. Adrian boy. I hope they heard it. I hope they heard it. No, God speaking to you, you say not me. I don’t commit adultery. I don’t I don’t murder people That one. David’s problem. David’s problem was the coldness of his heart. That’s where it began. And now we’re dealing with you. Oh, would to God with the God! That David, We’re at the point that you’re at right now when his heart began to get cold, the mighty warrior, the one who loved God with all of his heart. Now he puts off the armor. Now he is idle. Now he is lazy, now he is no longer looking to God. And God is calling some of you today to renew your vows to jesus and say God I am committed adultery. I haven’t killed anybody, but I don’t love you like I used to. I’ve been lazy. I’ve been idle. I’ve had unguarded strength. It may be a double weakness. Mhm. Did you bow your heads in place? Thank you for being a part of love. Worth finding. I thank God for his power that was manifest today in this worship center. I thank God for the souls that came to christ. Now, friend, I want you to come to christ If you’ve never done it the same invitation that I have given to these in this worship center, I am giving to you. Give your heart to jesus christ trust him to save you. And he will. And if you do that, would you write to us and let us know? 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