1 ¶ 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.
2 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.
3 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?”
4 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.
5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”
In our last discussion, the Holy Spirit began to establish with us that in the journey of life, it is possible for a man to fumble and stumble. We were warned that no man is too big or too holy to fumble. We saw the need for us never to navigate the journey of life without having the Lord as our permanent companion. We saw the serious need of us to carry His presence.
The Lord revealed to us that it is not enough to come to meet the Lord in the church or in an anointed mountain; we must carry His presence. We closed with many of us were crying for His presence.
We trust the Holy Spirit to take us further today. We need to know those things that cause man to fumble. We cannot ignore the warning of the Lord when He said:
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
In our last discussion, we saw how David cried for restoration. He said in Psa 51:11-12:
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Why did he cry that cry? The story is what we have read in 2Sam 11:1-4. We need to see some things that predisposed David to a life of fumbling and fall.
- David took his personal weakness for granted. David had a serious affinity for women. What you love is what the devil will use to capture you. Samson loved Philistine women and he died in the mist of them. Judas Iscariot loved money and he died in it. Esau had passion for food and he sold his birthright. What do you have passion for?
- David allowed his success to bring him to a state of complacency. Why was David not at the war front whereas the Bible says it was at the time when kings go out to battle? Why was David doing aimless evening stroll on top of the roof when all other kings were in the battle field. The time of success is more dangerous for any man that the time of struggling to survive.
- David did not mortify his members. When the eyes of David strayed to a woman taking her birth, he allowed that member of his body to rule over him. As long as you are still a slave of your body, you cannot go far in the journey of life.
- David did not understand the dynamics of sin. Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go. Sin will keep you longer that you wanted to stay. Sin will cost you more than you wanted to pay.
There is a critical command for those who want to insure their spiritual lives from constant fumbling and falling:
1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
For your soul not to be sacrificed in the fire of hell, your body must be a sacrifice on the altar of God. you must mortify your members; you must die to sin.
¶ Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Your greatest enemy is your members; your own body that will always want to make you slave to sin and Satan.
1 ¶ Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
There is a cry that you need to cry tonight as we pray: O Lord, deliver me from myself.
David fought and won all battles, from the battle of Goliath to the building of a great empire of Israel. But he lost the battle over himself. All the victories of David in all other battles were rubbished by his single lost; the failure of David to conquer himself made all his conquests a mere joke. If you read what David went through as a result of losing the battle over himself you will cry to God for help this moment.
Today’s Wisdom Nugget
Only a fool fools around with his weakness. Wisdom is in winning the battle within.
Today’s Prayer Points
- Praise God for the gift of the word of God
- Praise God for the opportunity of a second chance in Him
- I command every seed of sin in me to die in Jesus name
- Holy Spirit, release your strength to the weakness of my life in Jesus name
- Holy Spirit, ignite a fresh fire of revival in me today in Jesus name
- Hand of God, raise me up from the dust of carnality and weakness of the flesh in Jesus name
- In the journey of today, help and helpers, locate me in Jesus name
- Hands of God, open towards my life today in Jesus name
- I command the yoke of poverty to break permanently in my life in Jesus name
- I free myself from the frustrations of my environment today in Jesus name
Intercede for members of your family especially those who are yet to be saved
Pray for the people in Government in your nation