How you react to daily challenges is a direct reflection of your spiritual growth. Each day, you must pray to God for earthly protection and godly wisdom. David did not always apply godly wisdom.
During wartime, kings went out to battle, serving alongside their soldiers. King David found himself in a compromising position as he decided to stay home from war and found Bathsheba bathing. The images of her body played over and over in his mind until he was so consumed with lust that he sent for her.
One evening, David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”
—2 Samuel 11:2–3
Two very important observations can be made: David knew that she was married and that he should not have been watching this young woman bathe. We have learned that the thought process is very powerful. Once our psyche discovers our desires, it will not cease until the object of our obsession has manifested. Some will go to the depths of killing to acquire their desires.
David’s decision-making was subpar, to say the least. His love triangle lead to Bathsheba’s husband being executed on the battlefield. Furthermore, a
baby that was created as a consequence of the sin committed later passed away.
In an attempt to destroy man, the deceiver only reveals the glory of sin and not the reality. He will show a married man the pleasures of an adulterous relationship, but he will never reveal the pain and anguish his children will face after the divorce. His family will be ripped apart, making way for bitterness, anger, hopelessness, and unforgiveness.
God gives us freewill regarding sin. If we live by Jesus’ example, we, too, can defeat the enemy’s temptations by using the word of God. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Remember, Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). God wants us to prosper even as our souls prosper, but we must be willing to follow His instructions. Five biblical principles in which we are able to avoid temptation includes:
1. Pray (Matthew 6:13)
2. Memorize Scripture (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)
3. Understand your personal weaknesses (James 1:14)
4. Flee temptation (1 Corinthians 6:18, 10:4; 1 Timothy
6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22)
5. Create an accountability network (James 5:16)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Visit Kendra Bell’s website HERE to keep up with her upcoming book release dealing with anxiety and depression.
Kendra Bell is a true Southern Belle. Through her inspiring journey with anxiety, she motivates others to cherish their God-given talents and to live out their callings despite facing life’s challenges.
One of her many passions involves the eradication of human trafficking. She has volunteered with several organizations to raise awareness in the community.
Her other passions involve spending quality time with her nieces, traveling, and, of course, shopping.
The Holy Bible, New International Version. Biblica, 2011. Web. https://www.biblegateway.com.