2 Samuel 11:2-3
It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
What Eve did in the garden and Achan did in Jericho, David did in Jerusalem. Like a lamb going to the slaughter, he followed the three-part pattern of temptation—he saw, he wanted, and he took. After that night with Bathsheba, things were never the same. David was forgiven but he paid the consequences for his sin.
An important part of our conversation with God is asking him to check our hearts. Ask God to examine your sexual temptations that lead to the sins of lust, pornography, and adultery. Ask God to examine your materialistic tendencies that lead to the sins of greed and avarice. Ask God to examine areas of personal pride that always go before a fall. Each part of temptation is dangerous enough. Don’t let them add up to sin.
- Ask God for a thorough examination of your heart. Ask him to expose the areas where you are in danger of straying.
- Ask God to help you take the necessary steps to address what he has revealed.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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