The Best of Us are the Worst of Us

Intro: Welcome back to our Study of Samuel

2 Samuel 12:1–10 NLT - So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.” David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.

I. David’s fight. Temptation.

A. After hearing all about Saul’s failures we are ready to hear some victories.

2 Samuel 11:27 NLT - When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.

B. God sees

Proverbs 9:10 NLT - Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

C. David could fight the philistines and the Ammonites

II. Our fight: Temptation

A. It is so easy to be tempted in the world we live in.

B. We need to learn to fight temptation Right!

James 1:14–15 NLT - Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

James 1:12–13 NLT - God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

2 Samuel 11:2–3 NLT - Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”

“Our greatest battles don't usually come when we're working hard; they come when we have some leisure, when we've got time on our hands, when we're bored” Charles Swindoll

  • David’s desire gave birth to sinful actions.

    1. He saw, he could have left that there and went inside to his wives.

    2. He wanted to know

    3. His wanting to know showed him opportunity

III. Repentance

A. Repent from the heart

Galatians 6:7 NLT - Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

B. Against you only

Psalm 51:1–10 NLT - Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

C. Repenting quickly

IV. Warning

1 Corinthians 10:12–13 NLT - If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

A. This verse gets taken out of context.

B. Don’t let the desires in you control you.

Galatians 5:19–25 NLT - When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Summary

The best of us are the worst of us. Take heed if you think you stand... Temptation is not something to play with it is something to escape from. If you fall, repent quickly. What a church believes will shape how it lives. If you believe you will have a fear of God. A church who is serious about the fear of God will flee temptation and if they fall will quickly repent.