(2 Samuel 11:1-27) David, had let sin begin to rule over him and cause him to fall into even more sinful behavior. David had become lazy in his devotion to the Lord, and His leading in his life. When we let our spiritual lives become lax we too are not equiping ourselves to stand in the face of temptation.
God calls us to follow His truth, but in order for us to know that truth we need to be in His Word and in conversation (prayer) with Him. If we are not filling ourselves with the things the Lord gives us then we are opening up ourselves to fall much easier when faced with temptation. When we remain in God truth and wisdom we are equipped to stand in the face of temptation. That is how God helps us to stand.
(Deuteronomy 30:1-20) When God created us He gave us a free will. A poor choice was made, and that is was led to the fall. We are still faced with our free will and making the right or wrong decision. We still have the choice to follow God or not. He has given us many commands for our lives to help clear the lines that were distorted as a result of the fall. Every day we are face with the decision of following God’s calling and direction for our lives.
Our choices do not only affect our daily lives, but our place in eternity. If we choose to turn our backs on the Lord, and go our own way, we ar choosing and eternity apart from Him. God desires that we live a life that is pleasing to Him.
I’m reminded of the message that I heard at church on Sunday. God has given us so many tools to help us in our decision to follow Him. Philippians 4:8 was the verse that was given during the message as a filter to use in our lives when making decisions. If we don’t have a filter in our lives it’s like drink coffee that was made without a filter, having all the grounds mixed in with the drink. Will we choose to follow God’s direction for our lives, and use the tools He’s given us to help us through this life, so that we can have an eternity with Him? For me, I choose to follow Him.
(Judges 9:1-21) Though it wouldn’t seem so easily seen in this passage of scripture, what spoke to me is that of being a servant. It is very easy for us to want to be in control of, at the very least, our own lives but sometimes we seek to wield control over others. As followers of Christ, He gave us the example of servanthood, and that is the example we are to following. We are even called to be servants when we are in positions of leadership, this is how great of a calling we have to servanthood.
My desire is to take the place of a servant no matter the circustances or role I may find myself in. As a follower of Christ it is my calling to follow His example for my life. That is what I desire most.
(Joshua 2:1-21, Joshua 6:15-25) What stood out to me today was how this story showed both how the Isrealites were faithful to the promise made to Rahab, but ultmiately how this also showed an example to God’s faithfulness to fullfill the promise He made to give the Isrealites this land.
The promises made between Rahab and the spies were both honored, they both stuck to the promises they made. This is the example we are also to live by. When we make promises we are to always make good on those promises, this is our witness as Christians. God has given us the ultimate example of faithfulness to a promise. He promised salvation and delivered it at great cost.