The Dangers of Unguarded Moments

Remember that incredible postscript to an incredible life? Has it stopped you yet and made you soberly think about where your life, habits, and secret thoughts are headed?

1 Kings 15:5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

God forgives the sins, and God forgets the iniquities. But the consequences and loss are recorded in the Bible, God’s forever settled in Heaven Word.

We on this side of the cross have many advantages, one of them the finished revelation of God in this book called the Bible. Two of the greatest New Testament writers simplify our daily lives. Peter says that every day of our lives we are stalked by a ravenous lion called the Devil. Paul adds that we will get devoured if we don’t take heed. Here are their words. 

[1 Peter 5:8] “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. [1 Corinthians 10:12] Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” NKJV

 Beware of allowing any unguarded moments in your life, thinking that you are safe from sin’s reach, and that it won’t bother you anymore; it is at that moment the ravenous devourer himself is crouching and preparing to spring. That is what David discovered, only it was too late!

There are lessons to be learned from David that are very difficult, but so necessary. For any and all of us today ring Paul’s words across the twisted wreckage of so many lives that litter the highway of the redeemed—

1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. NKJV

Unguarded Moments Lead to Sin

David the giant killer, killed by the giant of lust, took six dreadful steps downward. He was enticed, baited, hooked and reeled in by lust. Then lust destroyed David’s life and testimony. It’s very insightful how this occurred, note his downward steps.

1.    David Desensitized his conscience by incomplete obedience (2 Sam 5:13).

2.    David Relaxed his grip on personal purity (2 Sam 11:1).

3.    David Fixated his heart on physical desires (2 Sam 11:2).

4.    David Rationalized his mind about wrong decisions (2 Sam 11:3).

5.    David Plunged his life into lustful sin (2 Sam 11:4).

6.    David Destroyed his testimony by the sin of a moment of stolen pleasure. Death, deceit, murder, immorality and spiritual oppression, poverty and famine of the soul are only a few offspring of this act of momentary pleasure. 

We looked at the first two yesterday. Let’s consider the next two steps…

v     David Fixated His Heart on Physical Desires (2 Sam 11:2)   

David started thinking about his sexual desire and that’s all he thought about. In the ancient world the king always built on a hill because then the enemies were at a disadvantage. So here David is in the biggest house and the highest house in the whole city of Jerusalem, and he’s wandering around at night on the roof of his house looking down around the barriers that others would have in their way. David could see over walls, fences, and screens—he sees past all of that because of his position in the highest house. But, he didn’t look away from the temptation, rather he engaged in watching, this became lust-filled staring.

In this period of restlessness, with time on his hands, moments of listlessness, boredom, and wandering the palace he uses the highest spot in the city to take an innocent peek at his neighbors wife. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.

Jerusalem at this time was not that big and so it wouldn’t be he didn’t know who lived down there.  The king knew his subjects. That was one of his mightiest warrior’s homes--- he knew whose house that was, he knew whose wife lived there, he knew who she was.

But what I want to underline for you is there is no such thing as an innocent peek at another man’s wife; there is no such thing as an innocent peek at an off-color TV show; there is no such thing as an innocent peek at pornographic materials.

There is no innocent trying out of intoxicating alcohol; There is no innocent trying out of enslaving cigarettes. There is no innocent trying out of debilitating drugs. There is no innocent trying out of premarital sexual relations.

These are steps to life-crippling habits that can destroy your testimony and usefulness for Christ! There’s no innocent peak at lust! David fixed his heart on his physical desires so immediately his mind starts clicking.

Temptations around us all abound. Because temptation to sin is so powerful, we need help. This morning the best, and the only real help is Christ--the Refuge for the tempted.

Now before any of us check out because this message isn’t for us, open with me to James 1.13-14.

James 1:13-15 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (NKJV)

God's Word says temptation is inevitable, temptation is inescapable, temptation is going to follow us all through our earthly lives.  

Lust (epithumia "super desires") is dreadful, dangerous, and deadly. Lust is surrounding us and in various forms, planted within us—and is either pursued for pleasure or fled from for righteousness. Listen carefully to Paul— 

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (NKJV)

However large we grow those ravenous wolves of lust in our youth—that is how large they will be as they chase us through life. Why should we flee these lusts that tempt us to sin against God? Because they cost us far more than we could ever imagine. And that is what we will see in David’s life.

Our God is jealous.  

He loved us, bought us, found us, drew us, cleaned us and now lives within us by His Holy Spirit. Have you thought deeply about what it means to have a Jealous God living in you? Have you thought about what would offend someone who loved us so much that He wants us to be utterly loyal to Him? 

  • The Lust of the Flesh is to chase pleasures or the Cravings of the Body
  • The Lust of the Eyes to chase Stuff or the Lustings of the Eyes
  • The Pride of Life is to chase status  or the Boastings of the Mouth

 

v     David Rationalized His Mind About Wrong Decisions

v. 3 he started saying—well it’s not that bad—only once--- nobody will know. We have infinite capacity for rationalization. 

David learned what a horrible thing sin is. It deceives with all those glittering promises. It destroys with the precision of a surgeon. 

“Be sober, be vigilant…..”

 

 

 

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