It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house .
2 Samuel 11/2.
At that hour David saw Bathsheba. We are never out of the reach of temptation. Both at home and away we are liable to meet with allurements to evil. The morning opens with peril, and the shades of evening find us still in jeopardy. They are well kept whom God keeps, but woe to those who go out into the world, or even dare to walk their own house unarmed. Those who think themselves secure are more exposed to danger than any others. The armor-bearer of Sin is Self-confidence.
David should have been engaged in fighting the Lord’s battles, instead of which he rested in Jerusalem, giving himself up to luxurious repose, for he arose from his bed at eventide. Idleness and luxury are the devil’s jackals and find him abundant prey. In stagnant waters noxious creatures swarm, and neglected soil soon yields a dense tangle of weeds and briars.
Oh, for the constraining love of Jesus to keep us active and useful! When I see the King of Israel sluggishly leaving his couch at the close of the day and falling at once into temptation, let me take warning and set holy watchfulness to guard the door.
Is it possible that the king had mounted his housetop for retirement and devotion? If so, what a caution is given us to count no place, however secret, a sanctuary from sin! While our hearts are so like a tinderbox, and sparks so plentiful, we need to use all diligence in all places to prevent a blaze. Satan can climb housetops and enter closets, and even if we could shut out that foul fiend, our own corruptions are enough to work our ruin unless grace prevents it. Reader, beware of evening temptations. Be not secure. The sun is down, but sin is up. We need a watchman for the night as well as a guardian for the day. O blessed Spirit, keep us from all evil this night. Amen.
Below is an article written over at GotQuestions.org explaining what easy believism is. My brother-in-Christ, Pastor Edward Ramirez shares this in our FB group and I hoped it might be a blessing for you all. Have you encountered this?
What is easy believism?
Easy believism is a somewhat derogatory term used by opponents of the view that one needs only to believe in Jesus in order to be saved. From this they conclude that those who hold to sola fide (“faith alone”) teach that no corresponding need exists for a committed life of Christian discipleship as proof of salvation; however, that is not what sola fide means. True faith in Christ will always lead to a changed life. Another common usage of the term easy believism is in regards to those who believe they’re saved because they prayed a prayer—with no real conviction of sin and no real faith in…
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But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him(Hebrews 11:6).
The young man rejects Christianity and even the notion of God. Why? A failed religious experience.
As a child, he told God to keep his parents from getting divorced. The divorce convinced him that God didn’t exist because God didn’t do what he said. Since then he’s sought out and accepted every reason to reject God; he resists anything that has to do with God, the Bible, or Christianity.
He hadn’t been taught the nature of Christian prayer. Prayer isn’t telling God what to do, reducing the Almighty to nothing more than a dog performing tricks at the master’s command. Prayer is an opportunity to express our desires, but Biblical prayer always rests upon the will of…
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