Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 12 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 9: “Avoiding David’s Sin!”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 12

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Cease Ye From Man! Part 9: “Avoiding David’s Sin!”

To read Part 1, click here… “August 21st (Cease Ye From Man!)”

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“Be sober, be vigilant;

because your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion, walketh about,

seeking whom he may devour”

1st Peter 5:8

 

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The true, historical account of King David is a bittersweet story because of David’s http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidgreat sin of adultery, followed by the murder of her husband.

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Oh yes, there were many wonderful events and victories in David’s life, of whom the Lord has said, “I have found…a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfill all My will.” Acts 13:22.

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Nevertheless, God allowed this great tragedy to occur in David’s life, and placed a dark stain on his story, which overshadowed all the good that David accomplished.

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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And one reason for allowing such a horrible fall from grace, is to use this regretful chapter in David’s life to stand as a strong warning for God’s people in these last days!

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DAVID WAS GOOFING OFF!

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You see, David was loitering back in Jerusalem, “at the time when kings go forth to battle” 2nd Samuel 11:1. 

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In other words, David was goofing off, in the day of battle! He took off his armor, and laid it aside!

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Yes, King David should have been vigilantly doing battle against his enemies, but instead was idly tarrying behind.

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And because of this, his neglect of engaging in battle, he became unwatchful, thus falling into mischief with Bathsheba.

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King David & Bathsheba Bathing – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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CHOSEN TO BE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD!

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Now God has chosen His Elect to be a royal priesthood.

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This means that Christians are not only a priesthood, but also kings!

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And so, God has given His people a great commission and a great responsibility! And as kings, Christians must beware not to fall into some mischief like David did.

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And as we all know, there are many different pitfalls which Satan can and will lay across our pathway in hopes of tripping us up, as he did to David.

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HOW CAN I AVOID DAVID’S SIN?

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Now this little series of devotionals is titled, “Cease Ye From Man” Isaiah 2:22. But it is subtitled, “Avoiding David’s Sin!”

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So the question each of us must ask ourselves is, “Just how can I avoid falling into a similar sin as David?”

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg“BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT!”

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Listen to Peter’s warning…“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” 1st Peter 5:8

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So Peter counsels us to, “be sober, be vigilant”. And let’s face it, in this high-tech era, the temptations and pitfalls have been greatly multiplied!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DON’T RUSH IN WHERE ANGEL’S FEAR TO TREAD!

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And so, this day’s devotional becomes a warning against unnecessarily placing ourselves in harm’s way, via the television, Internet, sensual radio music, magazines, etc…

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No, David didn’t have these high-tech devices.

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And yet, in essence, he was visually scanning the rooftops, and no doubt went to his favorite site…Bathsheba’s rooftop! 

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PORNOGRAPHY IN OLDEN TIMES!

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Now obviously, Bathsheba was making herself a temptress by exposing herself on that rooftop that day.

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And so, she had, in a very real sense, become a publisher of pornography, as she publicly exposed her nakedness to those around her. And obviously, she knew very well where David lived!

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And David, instead of fighting the Christian battle over evil, was placing himself in this very vulnerable circumstance.

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King David & Bathsheba Bathing – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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AN INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT

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But in this sensually charged society, in which woman often and unashamedly wear skin-tight and less clothing in public, it almost seems impossible to not lust.

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And then, when half naked women pop up on the Internet, or in some television advertisement, the airways greatly become a sexually-charged atmosphere.

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Store window mannequins – Wikimedia – Share-alike License 3.0

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THE WORKPLACE A POTENTIAL HOTBED OF ADULTERY

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But if all this were not enough, Satan has redesigned the workplace to be a pool of bothhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usu%C3%A1rio-HM.png married and unmarried men and women constantly rubbing elbows throughout the workday!

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Or innocently walking through a mall can become a real stumbling-block for men!

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Of course, these things are no accident, nor are they a coincidence! No, the Prince of the Power of the Air has been working around the clock to create this extremely volatile situation throughout the industrial nations!

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And the 50% divorce-rate is a testament to what a sad idea it can be for married young women to be in the workplace, working with other men four or five days a week. And needless to say, the destruction of the family has been a great contributing factor to the decline and fall of this society!

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Male – female symbol – Wikimedia – GNU General License

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HIDE THYSELF, O CHRISTIAN!

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This is one reason why the Lord counsels us in these last days…“Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20, 21

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Yes, God’s people are being counseled to hide ourselves from the approaching storm.

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And obviously, the Lord is going to punish the earth’s inhabitants for our promiscuity and our shameful indiscretions!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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“PLUCK IT OUT…CUT IT OFF!”

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And so, one great remedy to this sad situation would obviously be to remove ourselves from every unnecessary exposure to public indecency.

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And the very first place to begin is by eliminating television, movies, sensual music, and any dangerous places on the Internet.

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Listen to Jesus’ warning… “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell.” Matthew 5:29, 30 

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Berlin neukoelln – TV satellite dishes – Wikimedia – C.C. Share-alike License

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Well, this discourse on how to hide ourselves from the overwhelming tide of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:King_David_Bathsheba_Bathing.jpgsensuality is too much for just one day’s devotional.

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And so, let’s resume this discussion in tomorrow’s devotional.

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King David & Bathsheba Bathing – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 10, GO HERE…March 13 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 10: “Avoiding David’s Sin!” CONTINUED)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to understand this end-time message to come out of Babylon. Help me to spend my remaining time on earth, studying and meditating on Your Word, as much as I possibly can. Help me to become fully engaged in the purification process of my heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath or you can also read… DECEMBER 14 (A Form of Godliness, Part 2: When Evil Wears A Smile!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE MILKY WAY RUNS THROUGH

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

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winter Constellations in the east

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Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it.

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And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?”

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Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

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WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

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winter Constellations in the east

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So why is this constellation merely an outline?

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Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ. But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ.

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And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 13 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 10: “Avoiding David’s Sin!” CONTINUED)

 

 

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