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Read His Words Before Ours!

2 Samuel 11:1-27
2 Samuel 12:1-25
Isaiah 30:9-15
Psalm 4

In the spring when kings march out to war, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:1

How long will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie?
Psalm 4:2

Have you ever felt like giving up on following Jesus?
Have you ever thought, “This doing-things-God’s-way just isn’t worth it.”

I have.
Many times.

How we feel and what we think is important, but we must be willing to take our thoughts and feelings captive, holding them accountable to truth before we embrace them whole-heartedly. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

The easiest way to ruin God’s people is to distract them.
Oh, how we love to be distracted!

Whether it’s our fears, our anxieties, the things we love to control, the lists we like to create, or the relationships we delight in manipulating,
distraction is the off-ramp to finding our lusts.

Enter King David, the finest human king the nation of Israel has ever had, even earning the title of “man after God’s own heart”. (1 Samuel 13:14)

His downfall began by stepping aside from his duties and pursuing his lust with far more zealous passion than he worshipped the Lord. “In the spring when kings march out to war, David sent Joab with his officers…”. (2 Samuel 11:1) David abdicated his God-given position, passing on his responsibilities to Joab.

I used to wrongly categorize lust and its deadly deception to physical longing for another person in a sexual manner. I limited lust to the circuitry of finding someone attractive and chasing that body, using that person, to attain sexual release.

This is only a small sliver of lust, its lies, and its damage.

Lust lies at the heart of every idolatrous longing. We long for what we wish for, and we set our hearts upon it, keeping it as the focal point of our pursuit, never resting until we have attained the longing for which our hearts have been taken hostage.

Lust’s lie leads me to believe I will not be whole until I have forced that object of my love to be my everything.

The problem?
Everything and everyone will leave us empty and disappointed unless it is Christ alone. As we pursue the lesser loves of Lust, in our wake is found destruction of all kinds; a shipwrecking of our lives. (1 Timothy 1:18-19)

David was supposed to be at war with his soldiers. Perhaps he convinced himself he was good enough to not be present. Perhaps he felt he deserved a rest. Whatever the reason, David’s descent onto a path of decisions that would result in the death of two innocent lives began with believing he did not need to be where the Lord ordained him to be.

David’s physical lust problem started with a positional lust problem, which is where our reflection should begin.

Have we stepped aside from where the Lord has called us to serve?
Are we allowing discouragement to speak louder than the One who called us, luring us away from our purposed position?

Weary mamas.
Worn out women in ministry.
The wiser generation believing they’ve already “served their time” in church ministry and can sit down now.
Wives grieved over the state of your marriage.
Friends tired of always being the one to reach out.
Women weeping quietly into their pillows or in their closets, wrapping discouragement around them like a friendly blanket.

Lust begins here, lucratively dropped before our eyes like an escape hatch.

For King David, after he surrendered his God-given position, he was perfectly poised for just the right distraction to fill his senses. Consider the life and marriage that could have been saved had David controlled his eyes that hungered for lust.

Consider the damage we can prevent if we ask the Spirit of God to make us aware of our wandering eyes. Not just our physical eyes, but the longings of our heart that give way to lust that cannot be satisfied.

The prophet Isaiah warned Israel that because they trusted in Oppression and Deceit, their sin would be like the collapse of a wall broken into so many shards that not even a piece big enough to scoop ashes from a fire would be found in its ruins. (Isaiah 30:12-14)

David’s lust Oppressed Bathsheba as he consumed the Deceit that God’s ways for him were lacking. When we lust in our hearts, we most often end up oppressing people in the process, manipulating them to attain our desires and believing God to be stingy instead of generously good.

Lust’s lie says we will be happier if we follow our longings.
Lust’s lie says God isn’t good enough for us.
Lust’s lie says Oppression and Deceit are better Saviors than Christ Jesus Himself.

When we lust, we declare the gospel to be insufficient. More is needed.

Pastor Paul offers a simple, but potent antidote,
Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

As does the psalmist, who, ironically, happens to be King David,
“Offer sacrifices in righteousness and trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 4:5)

Avoiding the lies of Lust involves practicing praise as we commit our ways to the Lord, insisting on silencing Discouragement and quieting Distraction so we can worship.

Isaiah helps us refocus our hearts off our lusting idols by reminding us,
“The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
“You will be delivered by returning and resting;
your strength will lie in quiet confidence.”
(Isaiah 30:15)

Let’s fight against Lust’s Lies by praising the One in whom we can rest with quiet confidence to be our strength and delight!

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