Summary: Sometimes, all we need to do to keep from sin is to be where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.
Wrong Place – Wrong Time
May 27, 2012 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Sometimes, all we need to do to keep from sin is to be where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.
Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 11:1-5
Supplemental Passage: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NASB)
Introduction: Reports the DENVER POST: "Like many sheep ranchers in the West, Lexy Fowler has tried just about everything to stop crafty coyotes from killing her sheep. She has used odor sprays, electric fences, and 'scare-coyotes.' She has slept with her lambs during the summer and has placed battery-operated radios near them. She has corralled them at night, herded them at day. But the southern Montana rancher has lost scores of lambs--fifty last year alone. "Then she discovered the llama--the aggressive, funny-looking, afraid-of-nothing llama...'Llamas don't appear to be afraid of anything,' she said. 'When they see something, they put their head up and walk straight toward it. That is aggressive behavior as far as the coyote is concerned, and they won't have anything to do with that... Coyotes are opportunists, and llamas take that opportunity away.'"
Apparently llamas know the truth of what James writes: "Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you" (4:7). The moment we sense his attack through temptation is the moment we should face it and deal with it for what it is.
Barry McGee. http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/t/temptation.htm
I. Wrong Place
a. He sent Joab instead of going himself
b. Perhaps David was tired of war. Perhaps he was getting old. Perhaps he had seen Bathsheba before and wanted to watch her…
c. Bathsheba wasn’t doing anything wrong; people still bathe outside in 3rd world countries
II. Wrong Time
a. In the Spring, when kings went out to battle
b. David wasn’t here he should have been at the time he should have been there. He left others to do his work.
c. Bathsheba wasn’t doing anything wrong; she simply followed her daily routine
III. Wrong Decision
a. Observed Bathsheba bathing
b. Instead of turning away, he gave in to his lust
c. I have made a solemn promise never to look with lust at a woman. (Job 31:1 GNB)
d. "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. (Matthew 15:19 NASB)
Invitation: One man once observed that “Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing up, a sound set of values… and witnesses. In the first 11 verses of Matthew Chapter 4, we see Jesus being tempted by Satan. Yet, Jesus doesn’t give in to Satan’s temptations; He resists them. Actually, He resists him and refutes him with Scripture. Just because you are tempted doesn’t mean you MUST give in.
What settings are you in when you fall? Avoid them. What props do you have that support your sin? Eliminate them. What people are you usually with? Avoid them. There are two equally damning lies Satan wants us to believe: 1) Just once won't hurt. 2) Now that you have ruined your life, you are beyond God's use, and might as well enjoy sinning. Charles Spurgeon.