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Discover the Book - June 15, 2007

  • 2007 Jun 15
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“Overcoming Life’s Unending Struggles”

In Unguarded Moments—God is THERE

1st Corinthians 10:12-13

 

 

 

 

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?

 

Listen as I read and emphasize that one word God emphasizes for us.

 

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. NKJV

 

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!

 

We began this morning a careful look at the three final eras of David’s life. We continue this evening because they need to be studied and heeded by all of us.

  • Unguarded Moments lead to SIN—Uriah and Bathsheba. First is the saddest chapter, the darkest and the one we all wince at—his sin with Bathsheba. 2nd Samuel 11
  • Inevitable Consequences lead to PAIN—Absolom and Shimei. These are the chapters that record the many years of painful consequences because of David’s sin. 2nd Samuel 12-21, 24
  • Humble Obedience lead to JOY—Solomon, Psalms and the Temple. And last, the final days of David’s life. When we see that despite the failures of Bathsheba incident—David truly was after God’s own heart. We see him end well, using his final days for God’s glory. 2nd Samuel 22-23

 

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 (II Sam 5:13).

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

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

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

5.      David Plunged his life into lustful sin (II 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.

 

First, David desensitized his conscience by incomplete obedience.

 

David desensitized his conscience by incomplete obedience. This is the first sign of what was going to happen. This was just carelessness, a slight wandering, just a tiny loosening in a socially acceptable area. I actually believe that the entire horrible mess of the sin of David’s unguarded moments with Bathsheba was sparked by small disobediences back in the earlier days.

 

David relaxed his grip on the way God asked him to live. Watch the unfolding of the story of these deadly little things David allowed into his life. Here is the record of his early days as king:

 

2 Samuel 5:13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem,

 

[Remember David has already been king for seven years. This verse sounds like you’re just reading the news—nothing major, nothing bad, it’s kind of neutral-- after he had come from Hebron.]

 

Also more sons and daughters were born to David.

 

[So you ask, was it really wrong? Didn’t all the men back then do it? Didn’t Abraham have multiple wives? You know Jacob had several wives. Why they’re all God’s people is it really so bad? But if God says it is wrong, it is wrong even if everybody does it! Yes, but 600 years after Abraham God told Moses to write down His rules for future kings.]

 

Remember Deuteronomy 17 was the only instructions for he King of Israel given by God? Remember that David was the second king, following one who crashed and burned because of his disobedience? So I am sure David would have carefully listened to these words from the God he so loved for His leaders in Deuteronomy 17:15-20. But as time went on David chose to ignore those instructions.

 

So, because of that little warning from God ignored, David’s life moves on without God’s protection.

 

1. David Desensitized his conscience by incomplete obedience II Sam 5:13

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

3. David Fixated his heart on physical desires v. 2

4. David Rationalized his mind about wrong decisions v. 3

5. David Plunged his life into lustful sin v. 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.

 

Second, David relaxed his grip on personal purity (II Sam 11:1)

 

David had let little things slide in his life—things went so well he forgot to be on guard.

David at the height of his life lost his grip on purity and he was playing with dandelions in the presence of the ravenous lion of lust.

 

We need to be doing what it takes to maintain purity in our lives.

 

Jesus told us once how serious we must be about sexual sin. Most people dismiss His words as hyperbole, overkill or something. But at this moment in David’s life—maybe we should read Christ's words again and ponder them personally?

 

Please turn back to the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5, and listen with new ears to His Christ's words:

 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:27-30).

Now, let me share part of an article from someone I really respect, that I read in a magazine once that was written about this verse.



 

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