Tag: Satan’s trap

How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 28: 2nd Samuel 11-14

2 Samuel 11:2-4 “It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him and he lay with her.”

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these 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 others as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.

King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  While resting at home, he saw neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her.  They had a sexual encounter and she 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 the plan failed as Uriah has made a vow of abstinence while his army was fighting.  King David sent Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander, to have Uriah killed in battle.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!  Sin takes us further than we want to go!

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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Forbidden fruit!

Scripture reading for January 2nd: Genesis 3-5

I love fruit!  There’s nothing like a crisp, tart apple to make me smack my lips!  When I see a tree with ripe apricots, I have sweet thoughts of one of my favorite fruits!  Fresh cherries, juicy and sweet or tart pie cherries draw my attention quickly!  We always had fruit trees on the farm where we lived and have planted them everywhere we lived. The times of ripe fruit are always anticipated with joy and delight!

Adam and Eve were placed in a beautiful garden planted for them by God.  They were given responsibilities to tend and keep the garden.  They could eat any of the fruit that they wanted, except the fruit of one tree–the tree of the knowledge of good and evil!  (Genesis 2:15-17)  They enjoyed their work and freely ate the delicious fruit.

One day, the serpent came and tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit.  He drew her attention to it.  It looked good for food and was pleasing to her eyes. (Genesis 3:6)  He implied that God was withholding something that would be good for her and that God had not spoken the truth.  The woman was deceived and took the fruit and ate it, hoping to become wise and satisfied!  She gave some to Adam who also ate in spite of knowing God’s command!  And so the deception brought death as God had spoken.  Man was plunged into darkness with the knowledge of sin and evicted from the Garden of Eden.  (Genesis 3:22-23)

Forbidden fruit still temps all of mankind.  We have in us a desire to rebel against the word of God and to experience what is forbidden.  We think it looks good and pleasant and will satisfy us.  The very fact that God has said “no” drives us to desire and partake.  We find that what is forbidden actually may initially taste and feel good.  Afterward, it leads to slavery, bondage, and ultimately to death.

But God provided a remedy for those who ate the forbidden fruit and for us today as well.  He took an animal and clothed Adam and Eve with the bloody skins.   He covered their shame and nakedness so they could stand before Him.  (Genesis 3:21)  For us He provided something better!  The “seed of woman” that God spoke of is none other than Jesus Christ! (Genesis 3:15)  He provides our covering and makes it possible for us to stand before God as forgiven children!  Praise His Name forever!

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