GIVE NO PLACE FOR THE DEVIL

Bible In One Year-Day 117 (Sunday, April 27, 2014)

Commentary: 2Sam10-12. David enjoyed tremendous favor from God and lived in His splendor. Human beings generally do easily run into error at the stage David found himself; when it was as if he is on top of the world. To attain a height is not as deadly as to retain the height. David had rest; he had trained warriors and had almost everything at the tip of his fingers. We read that he was supposed to be at war (2Sam11:1) but decided to remain at home. The truth is that man is created to be engaged in one thing or the other. Logically, there is no idleness in the spiritual realm; if one is not engaged with God, he is engaged with the devil. When a man is SUPPOSED to be doing something right and decided not to be there at the right time to get it done, the devil has another assignment called SATANIC ASSIGNMENT for such. Such assignments could be evil thoughts, slanders, backbiting or doing the wrong and profitless job. There is an aspect of your life that should not be delegated to another person such as you prsyer altar. Your ministry probably has grown so big to the point that you don’t have the time to do what you used to do before the explosion, reconsider your ways. David was engaged with ‘satanic movie’ which eventually brought undesirable shadow into his life; an innocent blood was shed because of this. The shadow of death found its way into his household because of this sinful act. When Bathsheba sent to tell him that she was pregnant, he could not denial it because the Bible says that she had just finished her menstrual period. David knew he was responsible but wanted to use her husband to cover up his nefarious act, i.e. to push the pregnancy to the husband. That did not work, and then he planned his death. David was not where he was supposed to be, and then the devil engaged him for a while; from one sin to the other. His mind was working out iniquity in his heart even when Urriah was saying the right thing, 2Sam11:10-11. David became a fool before the Lord according to the message of Prophet Nathan, 2Sam12:1-9. What he did secretly displeased the Lord. Sin defined his life after Isaiah 32:5-7 “The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.”

The lesson in these chapters is that, if you have been engaged in doing something good to humankind for God’s sake, (evangelism, praying, reading your Bible, visitation, church activities, hospitality, pastoral ministries etc), and suddenly you thought of holding back for a while without the leading of the Spirit, the simple meaning is that the devil has an assignment for you. Whatever you do in that direction becomes displeasing to God and it is sin. The prayer and fasting of David was tailored towards the fruit of iniquity and not to kill the root of the iniquity. Paul realized that there was a contrary law that compels him to doing something different from what he ought to do, he cried out, Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

He realized that there was a law called the law of sin and if it was not dealt with it, it will lead to death. That law is the root of sin; Mr. Flesh. To change and abolish this law, another law must be put in place and that law is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus; Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Once the Holy Spirit finds His place in you, power changes hands to the hands of the Holy Spirit and the law changes; good for us to read the whole of Romans8. It is an awesome chapter that treats the flesh and the Spirit. You are genuinely born again (i.e. of Christ) only if the Holy Spirit finds His place in you and whoever has Him will not sin; Romans 8:9 “… Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

To deal with the power of sin, you need the fullness of the Holy Spirit. May the fire of the Holy Spirit fall on you afresh and tear Mr. Flesh to pieces for the infilling of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name. Our reading for today is 2Sam13-15. Keep the fire burning and alive

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Isaiah 59:12 “For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

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