Giving Great Occasion To The Enemy

Giving Great Occasion To The Enemy

Let no one seek his own, but each one the others' well-being. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NKJV)

Could you imagine going to war to fight an enemy who wanted to destroy your life?  How crazy would it be for us to go over to the enemy and load their guns for them?  I would suspect it wouldn't be the best approach to winning too many battles.   And yet this is exactly what we do when we sin; we are loading the barrel of the enemy's gun.  

We see this truth plainly spoken of in the book of 2 Samuel.  King David had sinned greatly by having an adulterous affair with Bathsheba.  He sinned further by attempting to cover up this sin by killing his friend and faithful servant, Uriah.  Nathan the prophet of God came to David and confronted him.  David confessed and repented of his evil deeds and Nathan told him, "The LORD also put away your sin; you shall not die" (see 2 Sam 12:13).

This was great news to David, I'm sure.  But there was a second part of the message; a part we can learn greatly from.  You see, even though David was forgiven of his sin, and even though God was willing to choose to forget his sin and remember it no more (Psalm 103:11-12), his sin would give occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme God.

We need to know and remember there will be inevitable repercussions to our sinful behavior.  Even though we have confessed and have been forgiven of our sin, and we know God has chosen not to remember our sin, the enemy doesn't choose to forget and will instead try to use it.   This is what Satan has been working for all along, because it is his desire to destroy our lives, and the lives of those around us.  And ultimately he does this by destroying our witness.

You see, when we sin, we are basically loading the barrel of the enemy's gun; we are giving him ammunition to use against us, and the Christian faith.  When we choose to sin, others will inevitably ridicule and mock Christianity and those who believe in Christ.  Ultimately, this very sin will cause others to stumble in their belief, as it will give the enemies of the LORD a great occasion to blaspheme Him.   

However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme 2 Samuel 12:14 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to think about our actions before we actually act.  Let's run them through the screening process to ensure they are actions worthy of praise.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Samuel 12:14, what did David give Satan a chance to do when he sinned?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see where your sin has given the enemy a chance to mock Christianity?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to think before we act.  Let's think about each action as if it were being used in the court of somebody's mind to convict Christianity or promote Jesus. 

Let's Pray...

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the forgiveness of sin, and the forgetting of our transgressions.  Help us to remember the evil one desires to continue to use our mistakes to blaspheme both You and the Christian faith.  Remind us of this when we are tempted to follow along with the desires of our flesh.  Remind us how we have the strength of the Holy Spirit within us to empower us to say no to these temptations.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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