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How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 29th: 2nd Samuel 11-14

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community.  Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan.  Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has a good opportunity to trip up many in the church as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride and lack of accountability.

King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  He was about 50 years old at this time.  While resting at home, he saw his neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her.  They had a sexual encounter and she conceived a child.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David was notified, he sent for her husband, Uriah.  David hoped to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan failed.  King David sent Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander,  to have Uriah killed in battle.

David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy.  David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  (2nd Samuel 11:25-27)  David then married Bathsheba.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!

Sexual sins are deadly!  David’s son, Solomon, also born to him through Bathsheba, wrote that the door of adultery leads to hell and death.   (Proverbs 7:26-27)   God has joined the man and woman together as one in flesh and spirit.  They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church!  (Ephesians 5: 31-32)  When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved.  (Malachi 2:15-16)   David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered and the child that was conceived died as a consequence!

Check your own heart today in this area of sexual lust and sexual sins.  Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at?  Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it?  Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate?  Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help!  David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!

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How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 29th: 2nd Samuel 11-14

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community.  Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan.  Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has an opportunity to trip up many in the church.  These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.

In today’s reading, King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  He was about 50 years old at this time, has had great success.  While resting at home, he saw his neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her.  They have a sexual encounter and a child was conceived.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David was notified, he sent for her husband, Uriah.  David hoped to have Uriah spend time with his wife but Uriah had made a vow of abstinence while fighting.  King David sent Uriah back with orders for his army commander Joab to have Uriah killed in battle.

Sin always takes one farther than they want to go!  David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy.  David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  (2nd Samuel 11:25-27)  David then married Bathsheba.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!

What lessons are here for us today?  First, sexual sins are always deadly!  God’s Word warns us that we must not commit adultery!  God has joined the man and woman together as one.  They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church!  (Ephesians 5: 31-32)  When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved.  (Malachi 2:15-16)   David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered and  the child that was conceived died as well.

It has been said that we often overestimate our ability to resist temptation.   Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at?  Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it?  Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate?  Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help!  King David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!

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The Mighty Have Fallen

Scripture reading for March 30th: 2nd Samuel 11-14

King David was a wonderful man who loved God and fought many battles relying on Him.  However, at about 50 years of age, he decided to stay home from the battle and rest.  With time on his hands, his eyes found an enticing view of his neighbor’s wife.  This led to an adulterous encounter that brought an unwanted pregnancy.  To cover up the pregnancy, David had the woman’s husband, Uriah, brought home and encouraged him to go sleep with his wife.  The plan failed and David sent orders to have Uriah eliminated on the battlefield.  (2nd Samuel 11:1-17)   This man who walked closely with the Lord was now displeasing to God and caught in a web of sin.  What a tangled web we weave when we are not focused on the Lord and His work!

How did this mighty man end up in this terrible predicament?  The secular world might say today that David went through a “mid-life” crisis and lost his focus.  We who are believers know differently.  Decisions have consequences and we are responsible for our attitudes and our actions.  David made several key decisions that took him into this trap.  The first was to sit out instead of fight the Lord’s battles.  When we become passive and allow others to do what we should be doing, we open ourselves up for temptation.  We are designed by God for a purpose and placed in position to do God’s bidding.

Second, David must not have been reading God’s word as a king was supposed to do.  (Deuteronomy 17:14-20)  God’s word given through Moses specifically told of the time when Israel would have a king.  One of the temptations would be to take many wives.  This was to be avoided.  The king was to make a copy of God’s word on a scroll and read it all the days of his life so that he would revere God and do all that God had commanded.

The last observation was that David went after temptation instead of fleeing from it!  God always makes a way of escape and our first line of defense is our feet.  David did not resist and was overcome!  Decisions have consequences and David suffered rebellion and sexual sin in his own house and much sorrow as the result of these decisions!  Would that we would stay humble and learn!

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How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 30: 2nd Samuel 11-14

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community.  Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan.  Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has a good opportunity to trip up many in the church as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.

In today’s reading, King David decides to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  He’s about 50 years old at this time, has had great success, and is looked upon as God’s anointed leader.  While resting at home, he sees his neighbor’s wife bathing and sends for her.  They have a sexual encounter and she conceives a child.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David is notified, he sends for her husband, Uriah.  David hopes to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan fails as Uriah has made a vow of abstinence while his army is fighting.  King David sends Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander,  to have Uriah killed in battle.

Sin always takes one farther than they want to go!  David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy.  David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  (2nd Samuel 11:25-27)  David then married Bathsheba.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!  Sin never makes God happy and its pleasure is passing for those involved!

What lessons are here for us today?  First, sexual sins are always deadly!  David’s son, Solomon, also born to him through Bathsheba, wrote about sexual sin and adultery in several places in Proverbs.  (Proverbs 5-7)  God’s Word warns us that we must not commit adultery!  When we do, we violate a sacred union.  God has joined the man and woman together as one in flesh and spirit.  They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church!  (Ephesians 5: 31-32)  When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved.  (Malachi 2:15-16)   David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  Bathsheba’s grief is mentioned as well.  Not only that, but the child that was conceived died as a consequence.  More death and grief result from a short time of stolen pleasure!  Oh that we would learn from God’s Word and avoid all the death and grief!

Check your own heart today in this area of sexual lust and sexual sins.  Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at?  Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it?  Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate?  Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help!  David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!

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