Consequence *2 Sam. 12:13

2 Samuel 12:13
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+12%3A13&version=NKJV;NIV
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To every action there is a reaction. Every choice we make has a consequence whether good or bad. The choices we make will determine the outcome.
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David abused his God-given authority as king, leader, and ruler of Israel. God had given David everything, wealth, health, fame, victory, and power. David lacked nothing. He loved God and honored God’s Word, yet he fell into sin because he gave into temptation. This one sin gave way to breaking several of the Ten Commandments. Lost in sin, David was far from repentance until God sent a prophet to him. Then his eyes were opened and he was sorry for all he had done. God, in His mercy, told David that He took his sins away. God forgave David and washed him clean, but told David he would have to suffer the consequence of his actions.
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One good thing seen here is that God forgives sin and removes the stain of sin from our lives. Another good thing is that David was lost in sin and had no plans of repenting. God, in His faithfulness, made David aware of his sin. As a result, David turned back to God; no longer walking away from Him, hence his relationship with God was restored.
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Thank you God for Your mercy and grace. Thank you for Your faithfulness and for the forgiveness of sin. Help us to make the right choices and good decisions in our lives that will bring us closer to You. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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Our Relationship *2 Sam. 11-12

2 Samuel 11-12
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+11-12&version=NKJV;NIV
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David was suppose to be with his men, but sent someone in his place instead. He was not where he was suppose to be. He was relaxing at home instead of working. Because David was not where he should have been, he fell into sin. Not just one sin, but many – one right after another.
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When we are not where we are suppose to be, we are opening ourselves up to potential sin. Our eyes, ears, mouth, and senses have greater opportunity to give into temptations. When we sin, it puts a strain on our relationship with God. The more we sin, the more we walk away from God. God is not the One to move; we are the ones who choose what we want to do, how we want to do it, where and when we want to do it. We are the ones making the decision to walk with God or away from God.
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In order to avoid unnecessary sin, it is advisable to be where you are suppose to be: doing what you should be doing.
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It’s like David taking a sick day. He had no business staying home. He should have been leading his men. Lust in his mind gave way to lust of the eyes, which gave way to lust of the flesh. Sin. Sin. Sin. Then more sins follow: the sin of coveting, deception, lying, adultery, abuse of his power and authority, murder, cover up, fear, and worry. All this sin: one sin led to another and then to another, and another, and on it goes. Sin damages our relationship with God.
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David was so into what he was doing that he didn’t even realize that he had walked away from God. Thanks be to God’s faithfulness and forgiveness. God intervened and showed David the damage he’d done. There was a consequence David had to pay, but God forgave him when he repented. Then God restored David back to where he belonged. The break in his relationship had been mended. This is a good lesson for us to pay attention too, so that we don’t fall into the same traps as David.

Be Strong *2 Sam. 10:12

2 Samuel 10:12
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+10%3A12&version=NKJV;NIV
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“Be strong and let us be brave – let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in His sight.”
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Do what is right, be strong and brave, fight for what’s right and just in God’s sight. The Lord is in control of all things and He will do good by His Word. God sees all, knows all, and is in all. Therefore, trust God.
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God, help us to trust You;
To be brave and do
Your Word is true
Help us to keep our eyes on You.
You will guide us through
And bring victory too
Lord God we thank You

Great Leadership *2 Sam. 8:14-15

2 Samuel 8:14-15
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+8%3A14-15&version=NKJV;NIV
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God places leaders over people groups. Doing God’s will brings blessings. King David loved God and tried to follow His Word. As a result, God blessed David; as Scripture says: “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.” Wow!” How would you like to have victory in every single area of your life? How awesome is that!
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This is what the Bible says about King David: he was “doing what was just and right for all his people.” Not just for his friends, or the people he liked, or even just for his relatives – no, the Bible states David was concerned for every single life that was under his leadership, which was all of Israel.
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Lord, God of Israel, may we be like David in that we, too, will be doing what is right and just in your sight for all the people that we come in contact with and have authority or influence over.
We lift up our leaders and ask that you would draw them to You, that they would adhere to the truth of Your Word, that they would be good leaders and care for the people that they govern over; that they would be fair and just when making decisions or laws.
May all that they do and say, may all that we do and say find favor before You, O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer. Thanks be alone to God Most High!