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I was troubled this morning by a poor decision I made recently. I have struggled with this situation for quite a while. My heart’s desire has always been to please God and to keep things right. However, I have learned where my weakness is and the devil knows it also. He knows just where to push, just where to deceive to make it not seem as bad as it is, just when we feel vulnerable and weak. And too many times I have not leaned upon God’s strength to resist and overcome. I have tried to handle it on my own. You would think that I would have learned by now…and I am learning.

This morning in my prayer to draw closer to God, needing his strength to gain and keep the victory, wanting more of him, knowing it is only through God’s strength that I can move forward. As I was praying, I heard, “Seek my Face.” From the bottom of my heart, I said, “THY face Lord I seek.” I need to see you. I need to know you have the strength for me. I need to get the victory. I am done. I am tired of leaning on myself when I know your help is right there. I seek your face. I look for it. I meditate on it. I worship it. For in finding your face, the decisions will already be made when faced with the temptation, the victory will already be won before the battle is waged.

Psalms 27: 1, 7-9, 11, 13-14

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

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2 Samuel 11:1-5

-And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
-And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
-And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
-And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
-And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

 

If David had gone to battle with the kings as was his position, this sin wouldn’t have happened in this manner. His place was in the battle as King, not at home. David probably had a convincing reason of why he needed to be home. I’m sure it wasn’t so that he could be with Bathsheba, he didn’t know who she was. Besides the evedence of the sin, two things happened to David because he wasn’t in his place. 1. He provided an opportunity for the Devil to tempt him. 2. He caused a separation in his relationship with God, making it more difficult to stand against the temptation.

We need to be careful to always be in our place. God puts us where he wants us. He is faithful to guide, correct, encourage, nudge, and bring us to where he wants us. When we are in our place he can use us. If we fail to follow direction or to remain stagnat, we risk having a similar situation as David. We may not commit adultery, but we will provide an opening for temptation and we may not be strong enough to resist.

Remain in your place. Seek God and ask him to help you to be in the CENTER of his will. That way there is lots of room for his grace to be with you if you stumble.

 

Thoughts from the Wednesday night Bible Discussion Group. This week our topic was on our fellowship meeting that we just had over Labor Day weekend. We were to bring thoughts of how we were challenged or blessed through the meeting. We got a little of topic, but God saw that needs needed to be met and directed us in a manner that we could be used that way.

1. Matthew 23:23…”and have omitted the weighter matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith:” Judgment is one thing that sets the Church of God apart from religion. In order to receive mercy and forgiveness, you must be found guilty in judgment. You can’t be forgiven of nothing. And you have to have faith to receive mercy. All three are crucial aspects of the plan of salvation. Mainstream religion is missing the judgment part of the puzzle, and thus falling short of preaching the truth.

2. We are called to unity; to dwell together in peace. Psalms 133:1. If we all have the same goal in mind and purpose of heart we can worship in unity. But this doesn’t come naturally, we have to work at being a unified body. Ephesians 4:3

3. When the enemy comes against us with thoughts that may cause confusion we can rest against the promise that those thoughts are not from God, for he isn’t the author of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33. We can use this scripture to defeat the enemy when he comes to our minds.

4. More promises that we can lean on: 1 John 1:9-2:1 – If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive and provide an advocate for us through Jesus his son. Our sins have been removed from us “as far as the east is from the west” Psalms 103:12 and cast into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19

5. Jesus too was tempted of the devil. We can take his example of using Bible Scripture to defeat the enemy. Matthew 4. There is power in God’s word.

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