Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stay in the battle

Everyday of our lives does not have to be exciting.  Sometimes as I start my day, I don't know if I can handle another day of the same routine.  While I do have peace in my life, I have to be careful.  Remember King Solomon?  The Lord gave him peace on all sides.  He did not have to fight wars like his father David.  Solomon went seeking in all the world's indulgences to find satisfaction and realized there was no satisfaction and it was all vanity and grasping for the wind.  He even became well read and well studied and found no satisfaction in the pursuit of knowledge.  There are many people like that today looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places.  There is only one lover of our souls and that is Jesus.  That is where you will find your satisfaction.  Jesus is your soul mate.

Even as Christians, we have to be careful. When we are not fighting battles, trouble is lurking.  Just like with David and Bathsheeba

2 Samuel 11

New King James Version (NKJV)

David, Bathsheba, and Uriah

11 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

You notice in the text it says "It happened in the spring of the year, at a time when kings go out to battle.  David was suppose to be in battle.  But instead of going to battle as he should of, he stayed in Jerusalem.  Temptation was right around the corner, or in this case right on the rooftop.  David got pulled right in,  If you read further in this chapter, Bathsheba got pregnant.  Her husband was in battle for David.  After David's several failed attempts to get Bathsheba's husband to lay with her, to cover up their sin; David had Uriah murdered.

This text reminds me of the importance or staying in the battle.  If we don't temptation is right there waiting. 

Ephesians 6:12

New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

1.  Stay in the battle.
2.  Stick to the routines that God has set up in your life, even when you don't feel like it.

I can imagine that David probably said to himself "Oh, I don't need to go out and fight.  My men can handle it.".  After all was said and done, I'm sure he knew that he should of went to fight a battle he could win.  As a result, he ended up in a battle that he couldn't win.  God sets us up with battles we can win.  Routines are a safeguard for us, they protect us from the enemy and they set us up for victory.  When we wonder off the paths that God has set us on, we are on enemy territory.  When we wonder off the path the God has set us on, we are in enemy territory and there is no protection for us there.

Stay in the battle, don't wonder off the path that God has set you on.  Stay in His protection.  His protection is in the battle

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