Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Stay Away!

When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." 
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:13

The Word of God never contradicts itself, but instead, repeats the same messages.  It's important to read the whole Book, and if you haven't ever read the Bible from cover to cover, I encourage you to start now.  

In 2 Samuel chapter 11, we read about David and Bathsheba.  Have you noticed the similarities between David's temptation with Bathsheba and Eve's temptation with the fruit?

David saw - At the time when kings go off to war..... From the roof he saw a woman bathing. 
David was a place he shouldn't have been at a time when he shouldn't have been there.  Sound familiar with Eve?  God told Adam and Eve they could eat from any tree except the tree of Knowledge, so why was Eve anywhere near that tree?

David desired - The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. 
And Eve - When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye... (Gen. 3:6)  

David took - Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.  Eve followed the same path and took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

David tried to cover - There is absolutely forgiveness for our sins, but there are also consequences.  When David learned that Bathsheba was pregnant, he had her husband brought home from battle in an attempt to cover their sin.  When that didn't work, he went even farther and had her husband killed.  Sin gives birth to more sin. 
When Eve, and then Adam, realized what they had done by eating the fruit, they tried to hide from God.  Of course, they couldn't hide, and the consequences for their disobedience was separation from that intimate walk they had with God.

God does not bring temptation into our lives, "but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed."  James 1:14  That is why it is so important that we "walk by the Spirit," so we won't, "gratify the desires of the flesh."  (Galatians 5:16)

I challenge you to examine your heart today.  Don't let sin get a hold in your life.  But remember, there is always grace.  

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. BUT
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."  1 John 1:8-9

Many blessings,

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  1. Been reading so many things on David recently. I am reading Soulprint by Mark Batterson and it is great!

    You are so right, "sin gives birth to more sin" So thankful for grace and that His strength gives us the power to choose differently.

  2. Wonderful post! The Sin Gives Birth To More Sin is so true! Great reminder and something I will think about when I'm tempted to sin. I don't want a habitual pregnancy of sin in my life!

  3. Hi Lisa - I'm going to start that read the bible through in 90 days at the end of the month with Kelly from oh that mom again. Looking forward to it. Great point that the word never contradicts itself. God bless precious friend

  4. Sin gives way to more sin. So true. We must confess our sin and, praise God, He is faithful to forgive!

  5. Great post! I read about David in my book from Beth Moore ( 90 days)

  6. Such a great reminder and that heart check should be a daily thing for sure because it is so easy to be "dragged away and enticed." I am so grateful for His grace. Thanks Lisa!

  7. I love this reminder of the sequence of events involving our own sin. This is huge! Thank you for sharing.

    <3 Kendra

  8. I love that God's word never contradicts itself and never changes. And I love that grace covers a multitude of sins!!

  9. sometimes we think we are with out sin. Until we go through the Ten Commandments- then we start to realize that we are sinners and have a lot more than little things to confess for!

  10. I like the way the Word of God repeats. For myself I take that as...have you got it yet! Reading the Bible through is something I really need to do this year. Thank you for the suggestion.
    Blessings Lisa...Chelle