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Decision Making
Stan Miller - July 11, 2004

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Every decision we make will affect our lives into eternity. We will pay the price of every sin we commit and we have to repent our sins because repentance is a condition of our Lord’s forgiveness. We are told to bear the fruits of repentance. Matthew 3:8

The fruits of sin (the flesh) are seen everywhere in the world today. The media glorifies the fruits of the flesh, people actively seek after them; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries (orgies), etc… Galatians 5:19-21

Even decisions that seem innocent such as a Christian getting romantically involved with an unbeliever should be examined in light of the Word.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14

When we make poor decisions, Satan is given a chance to grab us and cause us to lose faith. The easy answer is don’t make bad decisions which is of course easy to say and hard to do. Even those held up as a man of God have this problem. Such was the case with David.

Pride comes before the fall

David was God’s anointed one 1 Samuel 16:12. He was God’s man and yet he was an ordinary man subject to the temptations all of us face and he blew it big time! Here was the man who wrote:

Vindicate me, O Lord For I have walked in my integrity; I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip. Psalms 27:1

So David was special in the Lord’s eyes yet he still “slipped”. By examining the fall of David we can see that it all started with the sin of pride. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 Almost always we as Christians suffer a bought of pride before we fall into other sins and once the fall begins it frequently becomes an avalanche until we reach the bottom. That is what happened with David.

The Roof Top

David’s fall began with the pride he felt upon the destruction and subjugation of the Syrians the battle season prior to the siege of Rabbah, the capital of the Ammonites (about 24 miles east of the Jordan River opposite Jericho). Instead of going out to lead his army as the head of God’s army David sent Joab, his general, to lead the army and David stayed behind in Jerusalem. This behavior was very unlike David (2 Samuel 5:2, 8:1-14, 10:17) and the author of the books of Samuel mentions this fact as a rebuke of David for staying behind and sleeping in a palace while his men for whom he was anointed by God to lead were in the field. So the first sin was David’s pride followed by dereliction of duty to God.

David continued in his inequities by going up on his roof where he spied a beautiful woman bathing and lusted after her. When he inquired as to who she was he was plainly told she was the wife of another and not just any other man but one of his trusted army, Uriah. David sent for the woman, Bathsheba and lay with her. So now David’s pride had lead to his forsaking God and now committing adultery and fornication. One sin lead to another until David’s behavior became an avalanche of sins.

It should be noted that David was not the only one committing sin here, as Bathsheba had a duty to her husband to remain faithful and she must have known that the King of Israel could see her taking baths. This is a reminder that when we sin usually we not only cause ourselves to fall into sin but others around us as well. David’s union with Bathsheba caused a pregnancy so even a third person totally innocent, was brought into their sin.

We all, as Christians, must know that we are in a spiritual battle. If you do not feel like you are in a spiritual battle then you have either already lost the battle and are no threat to Satan or you need to check if you are actually a believer. David arose from his bed unable to sleep. 2 Samuel 11:2 Why was David on the roof top unable to sleep? Could it be that he was convicted for not leading the army of the Lord? We all need to know the danger signs of our conviction. How much different David’s life would have been had he acted on his conviction and turned away from the roof top? Are you on the roof top and need to turn away?

The Cover Up

David upon finding out Bathsheba had conceived sent for her husband Uriah and plying him with drink and food tried to get him to lay with his wife to cover up David’s sin. Uriah though was a Godly man and refused because he, unlike David, felt the wrong of sleeping in his bed while his men were sleeping in the field of battle. So unable to cover his sin, David decided to kill Uriah.

He sent a note to Joab to send Uriah forward in battle and withdraw the army so the Ammonites would kill him. David once committed to the covering up of his sin had fallen completely out of God’s grace. He had hit the bottom of the avalanche of sin caused initially by his pride; the pride of telling himself that he was responsible for his own greatness not God. Joab did as David commanded him, so Joab also became part of David’s sin by even working out a code with David so that neither would be accused of Uriah’s murder. Once again David had drawn another into his sins.

At every step of his avalanche of sin, David had a choice to turn back, yes he would suffer the consequences but by repenting he would be righteous in the eyes of God, and yet he never repented. When told of the death of Uriah all David did was to encourage Joab. Unlike David’s behavior we all have the free will to turn back from our sins even after we commit them. Better yet is to respond to the temptation to sin with the Word of God and thus be free of them.

God’s Rebuke

God sends Nathan to David to give David the parable of the rich man who sacrificed the poor man’s lamb which enrages David until Nathan tells David he is the rich man. God tells David all the things He has done for him. The Lord tells David, He would have even done more for him if that were not enough. and still David chose to sin against God. Now David sees the consequences of his sins, as God curses him;

"Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife." Thus says the Lord: "Behold I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. Four you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun." 2 Samuel 12:10-12

God will likewise rebuke us for our sins even though he will forgive them if we repent. We will still suffer the consequences of our sins but we will have the peace of God’s forgiveness. That is why it is better to repent immediately upon sinning and not wait. The waiting and even worse the cover up just makes our consequences worse.

The truly sad part of David and Bathsheba’s sins was the consequences their innocent son suffered. David confesses his sin before the Lord as we all should do (though it took him a year) but because David had given the Lord’s enemies a chance to mock and blaspheme Him, God took the son of David caused him to be sick and die; an example that not only do we harm ourselves by our sins but also the innocent suffer.

Response to Temptation

As Paul writes to the Corinthians, No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

We are all given the free will to succumb to temptation knowing the temptation before us we can handle because God has provided our escape. Satan is always trying to find chinks in our armor always trying to tear down the wall we build up to protect us from him.

But we should always look to the Word of God to deal with Satan’s temptations. Just as Jesus did when Satan offered Christ all the kingdoms of the world and their glory if only He would fall down and worship him. Jesus’ answer was the Word. Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve. The devil left Him. Matthew 4:10

The Word

Jesus showed the only effective counter to temptation: God's truth, not man's wisdom.

  1. First, see temptation for what it is: a lie
  2. Then, combat temptation with the word of God
  3. Build yourself up in the truth - have it in your heart

Jesus was paraphrasing Deuteronomy chapters 6 and 8, so He was in the Word and had it in His heart ready to battle Satan. We all could learn from Jesus’ example and get into the Word to use as ammunition in the spiritual battle with temptation. There is no substitute for knowing the wisdom of God and not man’s faulty incompetent knowledge. Man’s wisdom will not protect us from temptation only God’s. The Word will keep you away from sin and sin will keep you away from the Word.

The Best

Even after all of David’s sins he was forgiven once he had repented. David still had the assurance he would go to heaven to be with the Father because upon the death of his son he said: I shall go to him, but He shall not return to me. 2 Samuel 12:22

We too have the assurance that as long as we repent our sins God will forgive us and we will not die. The Lord will put our sins away as he did for David; this is the promise of Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Just as the Lord told David all the great things he provided him; anointed him king of Israel, delivered him from the hand of Saul, gave him his master’s house and his wives, gave him the houses of Israel and Judah: He also gives us the promise of His faithfulness, His love and His forgiveness. He proved this to us by giving the blood sacrifice of His only Son for our sins. God is saying to us not to settle for Satan’s worldly kingdoms and their glory, don’t settle for second best when the Lord is offering you the BEST!

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