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Where is Your Flag of Joy?

Posted by Scott on May 13, 2008

As Christians we are going to fall from time to time.  You know what I mean…fallen to sin!  We find every person well known to not very well known to fall to sin at some point in their lives.  Yes, we sin everyday if we are honest about it, but the focus here is a sin that goes unconfessed for a while, that has created great stress within you and turmoil for other people.

King David fell to sin as is well known.  He sinned with Bathsheba which lead to further sin and actually a crime of murder.  Seems like this would make a good drama on TV these days, but the sin would be glorified in some way, so hopefully no one will suggest a drama from this story in today’s climate in Hollywood.  This particular sin that David committed went unconfessed for about a year.  So, it festered up inside David.  Although David may have never let it be known to those around him, he was guilt ridden from within.  Sin is like a small sore that left on its own will fester, grow, become bothersome, then downright agitating to us to the point that something has to be done about it.  Thankfully for David’s sake the prophet Nathan was around to bring this sin to an end in David’s conscience.

Psalm 51 is David’s repentance of the sins he had committed, but had not dealt with.  David cried out before God for compassion and forgiveness.  This is a great example of the reaction of a person that is truly pursuing God with their heart.  Repentance is the result of that pursuit.  You want nothing to stand in the way of your relationship with God.  You cannot stand for sin to block your view of God.  David is yearning for God’s fresh new mercies that are available to him…he cries out for this mercy and compassion.  God does not only have compassion, but He offers a “multitude” of compassion for us when we fall on our face before Him in true repentance of the sin(s) we have committed.  As David finally was able to view his sin as a crime against his heavenly Father.  We too should view our sin as a crime against the God who loves us and keeps us daily. 

Almighty God desires our righteousness and faithfulness to Him.  When we have unconfessed sin sweltering inside us and festering into an oozing nasty sore it is infecting our righteousness before God.  This smelly, crusty, ooz of sin creates many losses for us as believers.  This is why an immediate confession before God of our sin no matter how great or small is so important…doctor that sore immediately, so that the stench of sin is not upon your person.  Sin leads to at least seven losses when a Christian sins:

1. The Loss of Light as referenced in 1 John 1:6

“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”

2. The Loss of Joy as referenced in Psalm 51:12, John 15:11, Galatians 5:22, & 1 John 1:4

John 15:11

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

3. The Loss of Righteousness as referenced in 1 John 3:4-10

 “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”

4. The Loss of Love as referenced in 1 John 2:5; 15:17; 4:12

“But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him…”

5. The Loss of Fellowship as referenced in 1 John 1:3, 6-7

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”

6. The Loss of Confidence as referenced in 1 John 3:19-22

“This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”

7. Possible Loss of Health and even Physical Life as referenced in 1 Cor 11:30

“That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”

 David experienced many of these same problems because of his unconfessed sinfulness.  Tragically we do the same at times causing great loss in our lives.  Healing begins with repentance and recognition of our sinfulness, our crime against God and humanity.  Then the pouring out of our grief about the sin and asking for forgiveness from our most compassionate and merciful Father.  David asked to purified so that he could be clean again.  He was tired of the filthiness that this sin had brought upon him.  He knew that if God purged him, he would be whiter than snow…he would be stainless again.  David used many words for this desire to be clean like “wash away”, “blot out”, “cleanse”, “wash me”, and “create”.  David wanted to be clean again.  He desired the joy he once had in his youth. 

Here we are in the middle of our sinfulness with the filth of this sin covering us.  If we want to experience the true joy and salvation we once had, we need to be on our knees pleading our forgiveness before God.  He is faithful to restore or renew us this very day.  God will create in us a pure heart.  He will renew a right spirit within us that desires to be pleasing to Him in all that we do.  He will not cast us out from His presence, but surround us with His arms in loving kindness.  Ask from Him to restore the newness of your salvation and give you a fresh spirit that is not in bondage to sin anymore.  David yearned for freedom from his sin and we too can have this freedom, but it is only found after an authentic repentant heart has been broken and deeply affected by the torment of sin.  God is delighted by two things in our sacrifice to Him:

1. A broken repentant spirit

2. A broken and grief stricken heart over sin

Don’t let sin wreck your life.  Confess it before Him today.  Ask for forgiveness before Him today.  Break down the pride and ego that keeps you from experiencing a true joy today.  The weightiness of God’s word can penetrate the heart of stone to assist you in this new brokenness.  You have not felt the exhilaration and lightness of your soul until every inch of the soiled soul has been cleansed and purged of its sinfulness.  God does not intend that His people live in guilt.  Guilt produces nothing good and will not end in a successful spiritual life.  This guilt is a giant in our lives and like David we must conquer it through the power of the Holy Spirit within us this giant of the guilt of sin by confessing it, being remorseful over it, asking for restoration from it, and finally begging a new joy that produces a wonderful aroma before the throne of Almighty God.

I finish up with this wonderful illustration:

 Joy Is The Flag

“Principal Rainy, of whom a child once remarked that she believed he went to Heaven every night because he was so happy every day, once used a fine metaphor about a Christian’s joy. “Joy,” he said, “is the flag which is flown from the castle of the heart when the King is in residence there.”
These words have been made into a popular chorus.”

Tan, Paul Lee: Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers. Garland TX : Bible Communications, 1996, c1979

We should have our “Flag of Joy” raised everyday, because the King of our heart and soul lives within us.  If you have fallen to sin, don’t let it reside in your heart, get rid of it and let God restore the joy of your life today.
-Scott Bailey 2008



One Response to “Where is Your Flag of Joy?”

  1. tharian m kurian said

    Loving Scott,
    Thank you for this great post.

    I too use to think King David’s sin. I love to think that even though his sin was dark red in color, the the forgiveness of the Almighty Loving Father was as white as dew.Solomon became (Son in Bethsheba) King David’s descendant. I love to believe this as the proof of God’s fullness of forgiveness.
    points about the seven losses of sin is helped me to have a more vivid insight in the context.
    Prayers for you, your family, your ministry
    lovingly tharian m kurian

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