Message from the Monthly Flyer from January 2013
Don't Let Sin Overcome You!
2 Samuel 11:1-5 It happened in the spring of the
year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab
and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people
of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Then
it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on
the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing,
and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired
about the woman. And someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the
daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" Then David sent
messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her,
for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, "I
am with child."
was tempted when he saw Bath Sheba washing herself. Up until this point
it was not a sin, however, it became sin because he continued watching
her and yielded to the temptation. Afterwards, he sinned again in order
to cover up the first sin. He sent her husband, in a war, on the frontline,
so that he would end up being killed there. In other words, "He
messed up." It is not unusual to be tempted sexually. The opportunity
to be tempted is everywhere, and temptation tries to deceive and overcome
you! However, we can control our sexual drive; David could have done
the same. God knows that we will be tempted and, therefore, he gave
us self-control and the Holy Ghost. David was a great king, however,
he should have left the roof after taking the first look, fleeing from
temptation. The devil uses the temptation to turn our eyes from God,
and to focus on the things which please our flesh but not God.
Adultery is only one example of sin, however, also pride, bitterness,
strife, rebellion, and disobedience could become sin if we make room
for them in our lives.
Think about similar situations of temptation in your life and run away
from them. And always take into consideration that, God has given you
the strength to have control over every temptation.
David bitterly regretted his sins, he repented and God gave him grace.
God's grace will always lead to repentance and gives us a new chance.
Let us learn from God's Word. jk
Scripture for further study: Deut. 5:18; Job 31:1; Psalm 119:9-16; 51;
Proverbs 5-6; 10:17; 1.Corinthians 6: 9-11; 2.Timothy 3:16; James 4:7