Summary: Men, knowing that we are Kings in high places of authority and power, we must always be sober and vigilant. Be mindful there is an adversary wanting to devour all. Stand as watchmen on the roof of our homes, family, work places, community and nation.
The Playboy Problem
Today we are going to discuss chapter 3 of Ed Cole’s Maximized Manhood titled ‘The Playboy Problem”. And our resident playboy is found in 2 Samuel 11 and his name is King David.
• Battle tested three times at a young age
• Man after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14, Act 13:22)
• Had that famous quote, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God.” “You come to me with a sword, spear and shield (javelin). But I am come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.”
• Loved by the people
• Brought the Ark of the Covenant of God back to the children of Israel
• Naked dance
With so many accolades tied to his name, he truly has done what we would consider kingly. So what does a king with power want? He wants more power.
And in this search for it he makes a detour which leads to harsh consequences. Many, if not all of us, have been in the same boat. (Are your with me?)
“It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.”
After a long day of work, we come home and pet the dog on his head, high-five the kids, kiss the wife on the cheek and then retreat to our man cave. This is a place where nobody knows our name. We sit down to rest our body and naturally our spirit follows as well. But
I Peter 5:8 (amp)
“Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.”
1. Take Captive Our Thoughts
In short order, it means we need to always be on our toes, be at the ready. As watchmen we are in high places so that we may see far off, physically and spiritually. Remember this though. Our adversary doesn’t want us on post. He wants us off guard (unbalanced). He wants us not focused, undisciplined (not following our call) because he has a plan to throw us off keel.
Champions, no matter what the day, week or month may bring at your, remember to seek God not just for rest, but revelation of self. Revelation through his eyes of what enemy is in us and before us.
“For we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against principalities & against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The very thing contrary to our way of living is the very thing that will present itself as attractive.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat.”
And when David saw Bathsheba was good for his flesh, and that she was pleasant to his eyes, and a woman to be desired to fulfill his needs at that time, he took the bait which then corrupted his household.
Whether it’s a woman or another woman, the envying of someone’s home, job, car. Ego has a tremendous impact on how we progress. We lust (that is – desire) after something or someone that was not given to us. So because we have the position, the power and the authority, we take it.
Are you with me?
So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
2. Take Captive Our Reason for Temptations
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion).