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"Refreshing Confession"

"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 Samuel 11:1

This is probably one chapter of King David's life he wishes never made it into the history books for us to read. Those who are chosen to lead in the kingdom of heaven live in glass houses. God doesn't cover up our sin, He does far greater. First He judges it and if like David we are seeking His heart He forgives and forgets it as He removes it from us, which is far better.

In 2 Samuel chapter 11 we get to look behind the scenes as it were in much the same way a jury of our peers would sit and listen if charges were brought against us in a court of law. Since it is David's life we are viewing here like an open-heart surgery, we don't get to emotionally involved. We can drop our own defenses and learn what went wrong and how the wrong was ultimately made right.

We see right off what went wrong. Wrong place, wrong time as David the king of Israel and commander of the Lord's army he should have been with his troops at war in the springtime but he in the neglect of his duty, the king was left with idle time. You know the old saying, "an idle mind is the devil's playground", and its true. Doing nothing has led countless numbers into serious trouble. Boredom is a great tool in the hand of the Devil regardless of your age. David fell to the tricks of the Devils trade, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life always lead to sin and David took the bait, line, hook, and sinker! That David, a man after God's own heart is susceptible to the snares of the wicked one should be a reminder to you and I to stay focused on the Lord and to never let our guard down.

When temptation comes our way we need to learn the lesson here from David's failure. Don't think for a second you can resist temptation because the bible says you can't. Flee the temptation is the only source of victory. Like the guy who prays the Lord would give him strength on his diet as he passes the donut shop and prays, "Lord, if you don't want your servant to have a donut today then make sure there is no parking spot in front of the donut shop…amen". The guy was overheard later that day telling others that God must have wanted him to have a donut that day because on the seventh trip around the block, low and behold there was an empty parking spot right in front of the donut shop. It must have been God! Flee temptation, friend, don't keep driving around your temptation testing God. If you do…you lose! Oh, how David wished he had fled as well.

David's self indulgence leads him into greater sin, sin has a way of leading us into greater sin, as sin is blindness and it reveals the true state of the heart of man, not the heart of the man of God. We have a sin nature, a nature that wars against our spirit, and we must fight and not pull back from the good fight of faith and not give into our flesh. David's lust moves to adultery, and from adultery to deceit, from to deceit to deception and from deception to death; and all because man is depraved without God ruling our heart. It truly is a downward spiral if there ever was one.

We can stop the downward spiral of sin and death in our own lives by crying out to God and confessing our sin to Him. Learn the lesson David learned from what he did "dodo" here. He tried to cover his sin when he should have been confessing it. Yet because of the great mercy of God David came to know God's healing grace that we first read of in Psalm 51. I pray you know God's mercy too, that when we confess our sins to our faithful God He is faithful not only to forgive but to wash us clean and make all things new.

Sin is a downward spiral where life in Christ is just the opposite. Life in Christ is upward and onward! Read what David discovered about the grace and mercy of God and what happens when we turn from our sin and seek His forgiveness. It's a life changing moment that we can enjoy again and again as we learn to bathe in His love!

"Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."

Psalm 51:1-2


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