Summary: This message was shared as reminder that every believer has to work through their issues and allow those issues to be the driving force to continue to grow while depending on God.
“I Got Issues but I’m Still Anointed!”
2 Sam. 11:2-5 (NIV)
2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”
4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.
5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
I like many of you have found myself in some strange predicaments. These situations came about because of choices. Our choices in life can take us higher or they can take us to the lowest of lowest places. David finds himself in a low place because of his eyes, lust and position.
The other mistake David made was being in the wrong place at the wrong time! How many times have you got caught up running with people you know weren’t good for you? You know what they are all about but yet you don’t think there is any harm is just hanging and kicking it.
Familiarity can be your downfall if you are not careful to heed the voice of the Holy Spirit. God will keep you safe but you have to make the right decisions.
What can we learn from David? David reveals to us how to acknowledge our issues and be delivered today and how to live a successful life.
Observation 1: Be Honest With Yourself
David got caught up in his lies and deceit. He committed adultery with another man’s wife, was deceitful in trying to get him to sleep with his wife during the time of war, made Uriah drunk, committed murder by placing Bathsheba’s husband on the front line so he could be killed so he could cover his own mess. The bible says in vs. 27 that what David did displeased the Lord.
Sometimes you have to get caught to tell the truth! We learn at an early age to know what is right and what is wrong. As a matter of fact, we all have the DNA of Adam! And we must deal with our stuff every day.
The man of God (Nathan) held David accountable. Everybody needs to have someone in their life that is able to speak into your life.
David took the long route by doing everything he could to cover his mess. But David had to come to grip with the bad decisions he made and the lives that he affected. David helps us to realize that the fact that we must crucify our flesh daily. If you know what your weakness are, don’t test yourself.
Stop playing with fire because you will get burned! Develop a mindset to stay free from it. The bible says resist the devil and he will flee. We cannot blame anyone for the decisions that we make. Take ownership of your baggage and let God transform your life.
Observation 2: Stay Close To God
Staying close to God may mean you have to dismiss some people from your life. Everyone cannot be in your circle but this does not give you the permission to be cliquish.
By staying close to God, you ensure that you are able to overcome any proclivity. These are habits that you are predisposed to or have developed over time but you can be delivered and develop self-discipline.
David had to be confronted. Confrontation is not easy for anyone. We may get angry like David did but you have to come to your senses if you really want God to bless you. We cannot conveniently despise the Word of God when judgement comes to our dwellings especially when God has been gracious to us.
I thank God he did not give me the full effect of what I deserved! We have to take action as David did and confront ourselves and get real with God. Stay close to God by being transparent with Him. Let Him know what you are struggling with. Pour your heart out to God. You have identify the stuff that has the potential of separating you from God and your purpose.
Observation 3: Reset
In Psalm 51, David pleaded to the Lord to help him. To reset something is an act or instance of setting, adjusting, or fixing something in a new or different way. God will restore your broken bones through your own actions. As a matter of fact, He will give you a fresh start and a new beginning.
God won’t throw you away like some people will but He will restore your life! We are able to reset things when we repent of our sins and deal with the ramifications of our decisions. God will keep you from doing something desperate if you put yourself in the positon to reset.