When You are Caught Off Guard

King David was known by God to be ‘a man after God’s own heart’. If you read his biography beginning in 1 Samuel 16 on including Kings and Chronicles we will see a man who began with humility and allowed his own carnal, selfish ways get him into trouble.

David as King was on the rooftop where lust got the best of him with Bathsheba while her husband was at battle. David should have been in the battle, but let his guard down because he assumed everything was good and he was prosperous, and caught an ego because of his military might.

David paid a dear price for his affair even though he confessed his sin to God. “The sword would not depart from his house”

He was a man of bloodshed and war so David would not be the man to build the temple but Solomon.

He won most or all his military victories but had succumb to personal and spiritual failure.

David’s home and family was dysfunctional like many families today! There were some serious family issues, yet he was King over Israel and Judah.
He lost a son Absalom who rebelled against his own father with such hatred and passion and had incest with his sister.

Adonijah tried to take the throne from David at a very old age until Nathan the prophet had to step in once again to remind him that God chose Solomon to build the Temple.
(And you may have thought the Bible was boring!)

The lesson here is to, “Guard your heart for out of it are the issues of life”. Proverbs 4:23

So let us not put our guard down.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith” 1Peter 5:8-9a.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:12‭-‬13 NIV

Have a great day my friend and remember to think twice before diving into the wrong choices.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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