David and Bathsheba
2 Samuel 11:1-27(Read)
Today we are going to look at “How a person who has consistently walked with God can be so powerfully seduced to ungodliness”.
When we think of David, we think of a Shepherd, a Poet, a Giant killer, an ancestor of Jesus-One of the greatest men of the Old Testament.
But alongside that list we find another list: Betrayer, liar, adulterer and a murderer.
The first list has qualities that all of us might want to have, but the second list has qualities that perhaps describe some of us! You can add to the list other qualities that may describe you.
The Bible makes no effort to hide from us who the real David was; He was a total failure, yet he is remembered and respected for his heart for God.
How do we fall?
The Bible says that “One evening, David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the Palace. From the roof HE SAWa woman bathing. The woman was VERY BEAUTIFUL, and David SENTsomeone to find out about her.
Temptation is not sin, but it is the beginning of a process or a chain of reactions. It is at this point that we have an opportunity to make a choice to resist the devil!
How do we fall? By failing to make choices that would cause us to flee from the temptation!
At play is the power of seduction and cunningness of Satan.
How does Satan trick us?
- He tries to corrupt our thoughts to manipulate our feelings. “Then David sent messengers to get her” The nature of human kind is to act out of how we feel rather than what we know. “She came to him and he slept with her” The temptation conceived sin, out of the desire of the flesh to have what he was seeing.
- Satan’s desire is to modify our behavior to accomplish unholy purposes. 2 Tim 2:26 “…Escape from the devil who has taken them captive to do his will.” Satan’s desire in taking people captive is to get them to do his will.
- Satan uses your weakest link. Learn and identify your weakest link. To some it is money, to another it is sex, to another it is power, to another position, or a name and even false doctrine.
In today’s world however, money, power and sex rank highly in Satan’s tools of temptation. They are his favorite and they seem to catch the “fish” in the net easily.
He is also able to make these sins seem dirtier that other sins and carry more shame especially to believers. The fall from these sins have a long-term effect and the most effective among these three is sexual sin. It is the perfect choice to achieve his goals. It can be highly addictive, it breeds shame like nothing else. It has horrendous ramifications.
1 Cor 6:18-20
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.
Allow me to dwell a little more on why the sexual sin has such strongholds and are so intoxicating and satanically effective.
Satan desires to undermine the sanctifying work of Christ. Christ has set us apart from uncleanliness and from unholy to holiness. When we live sanctified lives, God does wonders in our midst. Joshua 3:5 “Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
No Purity-No Power
Satan knows the effect of sexual sin
Since the Spirit of Christ dwells in the temple of believers’ bodies, when a Christian engages in sexual sin it is the closest Satan can come to personally assaulting Christ. That is an enough reason for us to determine to live victorious lives in Christ Jesus.
How can we live victorious lives?
- One of the most effective defenses is living within what we know is the truth rather than what we feel at the heat of the moment.
- Flee from sexual immorality. Joseph run away from Potiphar’s wife and said, “I cannot do such a wicked thing and sin against God”
“Now Joseph was well built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me” But he refused, “with me in-charge” he told her “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one in this house is greater than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I then do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the house servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and run out of the house.
Why did David fall? He saw, he liked what he saw. “He saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful” Instead of fleeing from the scene, he used his power as the king and sent someone to bring her to him. He should have left the roof-top and flee from the temptation. Instead he entertained the temptation by inquiring who she was.
Practical ways of fleeing from temptation.
- Keep yourself constantly in prayer and purity of mind. Ask God to help you stay away from places, people, and situations that may tempt you. KNOW YOUR WEAKNESS. Everyone has one.
- Memorize scriptures that help to combat your specific weakness. At the root of every temptation there is a desire that God can fill, but we must trust in God’s timing.
- Find another believer whom you can openly share your weakness and struggles. Call up this person when temptation knock at your door.
- Set your boundaries-Know where you can go, with whom and at what time.
We must allow God to take Lordship over our lives without leaving any parts that we do not wish to submit to His divine authority. Let us learn to trust God with our sexuality and save ourselves and our families. We need to recognize that we are living in the end times and there is a great increase in evil. Mathew 24:12 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold., but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
In the last series we shall look at how can we flee ourselves from the chains and yokes that entangle us?
Rev. Julius Wainaina