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    Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1,2 

    King David, mighty warrior, military commander and sweet psalmist of Israel, said to be a man after God's own heart, committed two heinous sins, adultery and murder, both of which carried the sentence of death!

    Leaders were held to higher standards in those days as we believers are today so that we do not give the enemies of God an advantage as David did. Not only are we counted guilty for committing physical adultery, Jesus said that if we just look at a woman to lust after her we have committed adultery with her in our heart!

    We would do well to take a hard look at the repentance that David undertook in order to be set free from the stronghold of lust, adultery, fornication and murder! Keep in mind that although God forgave David, the consequences of his sins followed him to the grave!

    For I acknowledge my transgressions, (to go beyond the boundaries of Divine law) and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight-that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:3,4


    'Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 'Now therefore the sword (war) shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.' II Samuel 12:9,10

    Although David's sin was worthy of a death sentence, God sent the prophet Nathan to expose his sin which brought about conviction leading to repentance and ultimately God commuted his sentence and forgave him, although the consequences of his actions adversely changed the direction of his life.

    Without conviction that produces a godly sorrow there can be no true repentance that leads to deliverance. When David heard the words of Nathan say, "You are the man!" after telling him a story about a rich man taking his servant's only ewe lamb, conviction struck his heart and he fell to his knees and began to repent.

    Many seek out a man to "Take them through deliverance" but I can tell you that in 38 years of ministry I have never seen a demon stop someone from repenting of his sins and being set free. 5000 demons couldn't stop the Gadarene demoniac from coming to Jesus and falling down before Him in repentance! Jesus set him free just as He will set us free if we will repent of our sins!

    Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Psalm 51:7-9


    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:10,11

    Many have confused confession to be repentance by simply confessing their sins but not turning away from them. In order to be forgiven we must confess our sins and according to I John 1:9 if we confess our sins He will be faithful to forgive us and then we must turn away, never to commit them again!

    To understand deliverance one must understand the wrath of God and the dangers of willful sin against Him. Willful sin is willfully sinning, knowing within your heart that what you are doing is wrong and even confessing that it is wrong but without repentance. David knew adultery was wrong as well as murder but he proceeded to do it anyway, justifying his actions and then trying to cover them up.

    The danger for us as believers is the fact that we are dealing with the blood of Jesus and David, the blood of bulls and goats. When we sin willfully we trample upon the precious blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God and put Him to shame and the demons (The wrath of God) are released upon us as avengers of His Son's blood and if not repented of they can destroy the sinner. Remember that the God who loves us and has given His Son to shed His blood for us has also created the sentence of eternal damnation for those who refuse to repent!

    For if we sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, (the blood of Jesus) but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, (Hell) and fiery indignation which will consume the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26,27

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin