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Very tragic story regarding David. We see how not turning our eyes, leads to entertaining the thought. If we dont stop ourselves there, sin in our heart turns to action. Unrepented sinful action leads one on a downward spiral! David didnt wake up one day and think, hm, I think i'll commit adultery and then have her husband killed! Sin is slow, sneaky and starts with compromise, which leads to another compromise, and so on. Before you know it, you're in a big mess! Poor Uriah! I like wen Nathan gives David the parable of the man's one lamb slaughtered and David was outraged!: that man should die! So Nathan said, You are that man! Sin looks so much worse when other people are doing it! We are masters at justifying ourselves...deceiving ourselves.

I love John 15! John v. 4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." Sometimes we may try to fool ourselves into thinking we can bear fruit alone. We cant. how can we? ppl may try self-help methods, self-will, etc. but thats useless. we need to abide in Christ and Him in us. Fruit is a byproduct! It cannot be attained on its own, its a byproduct of abiding in Him. theres no way around that!

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."...i like this!

"I have called you friends." Wow! we who belong to Him are no longer enemies of God, but His friends! reminds me of a song I like, "I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God, He calls me friend!"

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you"...I really love this! Man, and wen i try to wonder, understand WHY He chose ME!...I cant figure it out! I remember a while back i well entertained pity parties thinking, i'm not chosen by anyone...i'm either a relative, a coworker, someone's "friend" kinda cause it just happened that way. No one chose me. no one married me, no one in my life made a choice to be with me, they all just kinda got stuck with me. In my tears and self-pity I heard God call out: Hello!! *I* chose you! The God of the universe chose you Jenny.' That really stopped me in my tracks. How can i complain when I been chosen by God almighty! There's a great song by Kutless, called Sea of Faces that really spoke to me. the lyrics go:
"If only my one heart
Was all You'd gain from all it cost
Well I know You would have still been a man
With a reason
To willingly offer Your life"

I love Prov 16:1-3...So true!!!! all i can say is Amen and Amen!

2 Samuel 11:1-2

1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,

In the spring, David remained in his palace and did not go out to war. He sent Joab instead. In verse 2, David woke up in the evening and he had nothing to do but wandering on the roof. Was his personal life kind of 'corrupted' with parties and dances and drinks so that he woke up in the evening? Also, he seemed to be wandering on the roof with nothing urgent to 'judge' / 'rule'. I agree that sin is progressive. And David was caught in his sins.

I agree with you about praying Psalm 51.
Several years ago, after some self examination, and discovering that I was 'a friend of the world' (which is the same as comitting adultery, spiritually, against God) I got up every morning for weeks and prayed this psalm. I wish I could express in words what happened in my life. Little by little, God answered every part of that prayer and my life will never be the same again. Praise God for the Psalms, and may we find one that fits our need at every stage in our walk with the Lord.

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