Temptation has a way of finding us, doesn’t it? We don’t even have to leave our home to be tempted. In fact, you could be tempted right now, right where you are. And so, we must be ready to stand our ground and choose well at all times. Will you say yes to the flesh or yes to the Spirit?
Remember David in 2 Samuel chapter 11. He didn’t go looking for temptation, but sure enough, temptation found him. Standing on the roof of the palace, he noticed a beautiful woman bathing nearby. Instead of turning away from temptation, he stepped further in. Like so many others who have been in a similar situation, David ignored his conscience and chose to entertain sin. Instead of surrendering himself to God’s will by turning away, he defied God by resisting the Spirit and choosing the flesh.
When you entertain sin, you fan the flame, until you’re consumed by its fire. By sending his servants to inquire about her, David entertained a lust that soon overtook him. The consequences of this as we know were horrific. David and Bathsheba lost their son, her husband Uriah was killed, and David disappointed the Lord. If this can happen to a servant like David, it can easily happen to us.
Self-control isn’t all about saying “no.” It’s really about saying “yes.” Yes, Lord, I surrender myself to Your will. Yes, Lord, I yield myself to the Spirit. Yes, Lord, I’m following Christ.
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Read 2 Samuel 11-12 where we read the story of David and Bathsheba.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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