Sins of Some Spiritual Servants
                                       
Introduction
I.  The spiritual servants of the Bible struggled.
    (Rom 15:4 NKJV)  For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we
    through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
II. What is the intent of this lesson?
    A.  To encourage Christians not to give heed to the Christian life?  NO!
        (1 Tim 4:16 NKJV)  Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in
        doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
            (Rom 6:1 NKJV)  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may
            abound?
            (Rom 6:15 NKJV)  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under
            grace? Certainly not!
    B.  To encourage Christians not to give up on the Christian life? YES!
        (Mat 13:20-21 NKJV)  "But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who
        hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; {21} "yet he has no root in himself, but
        endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word,
        immediately he stumbles.
            (Mat 24:13 NKJV)  "But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
        1.  I want Christians to walk by faith.
        2.  I want Christians to endure with hope.
        3.  I want Christians to live in assurance.
            (1 John 5:13 NKJV)  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of
            the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may
            continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
III.    To help us remain faithful, the Bible includes the sins of some spiritual servants.
Discussion
I.  NOAH (GEN. 5:28-29).
    A.  Noah "found grace in the eyes of the Lord" (Gen 6:9).
                                      
    B.  Noah "was a just man" (righteous) (Gen 6:9).
    C.  Noah "was a preacher of righteousness" (2 Pet 2:5).
    D.  Noah "walked with God" (Gen 6:9).
    E.  Noah "did according to all that God commanded him" (Gen 6:22).
    F.  Noah got drunk.
        (Gen 9:20-23 NKJV)  And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. {21}
        Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. {22} And
        Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers
        outside. {23} But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and
        went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away,
        and they did not see their father's nakedness.
            (Rom 13:13-14 NKJV)  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and
            drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. {14} But put on the
            Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
            (Gal 5:19-21 NKJV)  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,
            fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, {20} idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions,
            jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, {21} envy,
            murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I
            also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the
            kingdom of God.
    G.  Noah was forgiven.
        (Heb 11:7 NKJV)  By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with
        godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the
        world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
II. ABRAHAM.
    A.  Abraham was a chosen man (Gen 12:1-3).
    B.  Abraham was a man of worship (Gen 22:5).
    C.  Abraham was a man of faith (Gen 22:2; Heb 11:19).
    D.  Abraham was a righteous man (Gen 15:6).
    E.  Abraham was a "friend of God" (Js 2:23).
    F.  Abraham was guilty of lying (Gen 12:10-13; 20:1-2).
        (Eph 4:25 NKJV)  Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his
        neighbor," for we are members of one another.
        (Col 3:9-10 NKJV)  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his
        deeds, {10} and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the
        image of Him who created him,
    G.  Abraham was forgiven.
        (Heb 11:16 NKJV)  But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore
        God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
III.    MOSES.
    A.  Moses was a self-doubting servant (Exo 3).
    B.  Moses was a compassionate man. (Exo 32:30-33).
    C.  Moses was a praying man (Num 11:2).
    D.  Moses was a man of faith.
        (Heb 11:24-25 NKJV)  By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the
        son of Pharaoh's daughter, {25} choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God
        than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
    E.  Moses was a humble man (Num 12:3).
    F.  Moses was guilty of disobedience (Num 20:8-13).
    G.  Moses was forgiven (Mat 17:3).
IV. DAVID.
    A.  David was not as impressive as others (Samuel).
        (1 Sam 16:7 NKJV)  But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at
        the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man
        sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
    B.  David was a trusting man.
        (1 Sam 17:32 NKJV)  Then David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him;
        your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."
            (1 Sam 17:37 NKJV)  Moreover David said, "The LORD, who delivered me from the
            paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this
            Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you!"
    C.  David was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22).
    D.  David was a man who was guilty of adultery (2 Sam 11:3-5).
    E.  David was forgiven (Nathan) (Psa 51).
        (John 8:10-11 NKJV)  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman,
        He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned
        you?" {11} She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go
        and sin no more."
V.  PETER.
    A.  Peter was a "rock" (Jn 1:42).
    B.  Peter was an apostle.
    C.  Peter was guilty of denying Jesus (Lk 22:54-62).
    D.  Peter was forgiven (Lk 22:31-32).
        (Acts 8:22 NKJV)  "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the
        thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
        1.  God's forgiveness is complete (1 John 1:7).
            (1 Cor 6:9-11 NKJV)  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the
            kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
            adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, {10} nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
            drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. {11} And
            such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were
            justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
            (Col 2:13 NKJV)  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of
            your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Conclusion
I.  What have we learned?
    A.  We have not been called to perfectly live the Christian life; we have been called to
        faithfully live the Christian life.
II. Therefore, when I sin as a Christian...
    A.  I am not going to retreat; I am going to repent.
    B.  I am not going to give up; I am going to look up.
    C.  I am not going to ask for guiltiness; I am going to ask for forgiveness.
    D.  I am not going to leave my Lord; I am going to love my Lord.
    E.  I am not going to be weaker; I am gong to be stronger.
    F.  I am not going to live fearful; I am going to life faithful.
    G.  I am not going to allow unrighteousness to reign; I am going to allow the
        righteousness to reign.
    H.  I am not going to be overcome by sin; I am going to overcome sin.
    I.  I am not going to live for Satan; I am going to live for the Savior.
    J.  I am not going to live in hell; I am going to live in heaven.
III.    Christians can go to heaven if they want to.

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