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Week 7 Day 44: David's Lie

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

Ponder: What was the lie underlying David's abuse of power in 2 Samuel 11?

Maybe it was, "I can do anything I want to do, when I want to do it, how I want to do it." He was a human King, a special person to God, yet for a moment there He was usurping God in his life. There were consequences. One of the consequences of this major lie was similar to Genesis 3. He tried to cover up his sin with more deceit. This had in both cases drastic consequences but ponder a moment what I believe was the most traumatic consequence to the cascade of sin;

separation from God.

Every sinful act separates us from God until we repent and turn back to Him in Christ Jesus. This happened in the original garden, this happened to King David and it happens to us. I don't know about you but if it is up to me I so desire to stay in the joy and shalom peace of our Lord, the reward of staying close to Him.

"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." 1 John 1:9 N.L.T

Action: Each time you are tempted to think or act on, "I can do anything I want to do, when I want to do it, how I want to do it," run to Jesus, cry out to Him. Declare He is the "Way, Truth and Life...."

Prayer: Lord, this is a hard one. I sometimes act as if I am God and don't even know I am doing that. I need you to show me, Lord. Help me to do all it takes to stay close to You, to seek You. I fail so many times. You say You reward those who seek You, in Hebrews 11:6. Let me believe that and act on this promise. Help me order my life to seek You. I so want joy and peace to flood my life. Amen

Challenge: Read the following passage every day to build up your armor and protection in Christ.

Read Ephesians 6:10-18:

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

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