Friday, January 29, 2016

Paint Party Friday: The Devil's Playground

 "...from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful..." 
2 Samuel 11:2
Who does not know the story of David and Bathsheba? 
This mighty man of God, a "man after God's own heart" falls into sin after sin after sin. 
And not the small sins either, big 10 Commandment sins, and all premeditated. 
It's a lesson in how to get into the dark pit of sin from the first verse of 2 Samuel 11. 
" the spring, when kings go out to battle..."  
Kings and armies go to war in the spring, not during harvest, not during winter, 
but King David takes a break. 
He has been fighting battle after battle. 
He has just come from fighting the Arameans where 
David killed 700 charioteers and 40,000 horsemen. 
It is no wonder he wants to take a break. 
He sleeps, and when evening came, he goes up on the roof, and from the roof, 
he sees a woman bathing. A beautiful woman. Does he turn away? 
No, he continues on his break from fighting. 
"Idle hands and idle minds are the devil's workshop!"

All this time, David had been fighting FOR the Lord, 
and fighting FOR the things of the Lord. 
He loved God, praised God all the time, composed songs for Him. 
But when he saw Bathsheba, he stopped fighting. He succumbed. 
"When we don't fight, we lose sight of what's right!" 
Sometimes when we have been so busy, we had such a chaotic week, 
with our schedules back to back, we want to take a break. It's but natural. 
When my son is studying, he stops now and then to watch a video. 
How many times in the middle of working on something at home, I think, 
"I'll just take a minute to peek at Facebook or Instagram," 
and that minute becomes 10, 20,and then an hour? 

That may not be a sin, but the road to destruction, starts with when we stop fighting. 
A little office flirtation. That's not a sin, we think. 
A little lying.  A little stealing. A little peek at pornography. 
We need to continue to fight, in the spring, in the winter, during harvest time. 
We should never allow the devil to make our minds his playground! 

 "A lamp is not brought to be put under a peck-measure, is it, or under a bed?" 
Mark 4;21
In the original Greek, Mark wrote this passage as, 
"Is a lamp come into the house to be put under a bushel or under a bed?" 
Obviously a lamp does not come into a house by itself, 
but perhaps Mark meant something else altogether. 
In John 3:19,we read, "the light is come into the world..." 
In John 8:12, Jesus tells us, "I am the light of the world; 
he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." 
The lamp, the light is a person,and that person is Jesus, who came into the world, 
not to be hidden, but to be exposed. 
Sometimes, we like to keep our faith secret. 
We believe in God, His promises, and try to obey Him. 
But we do not like to tell others, preferring to be an undercover Christian. 
especially in this age of political correctness!

When Jesus instructed the disciples in the 10th chapter of Matthew, 
He told them, "What I tell you in darkness, speak in the light." 
The precious mysteries of God, our faith, should not be kept to ourselves. 
Lord, help me to share the treasure I have found in you, the light of the world!


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  1. Wow! Your words and work is beautiful. I feel inspired. Visiting from coffee for your heart.

  2. Beautiful illustrations! Thanks for your interpretation of scripture.

  3. This is such a beautiful site. I'm sure your Bible is amazing to look at while you read. Thank for sharing this with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. I look forward to many more posts in the future.

  4. It is so much easier to do wrong--doing right is always the uphill battle--but worth it. I really think those images done with words behind are lovely. Have a nice weekend. xo

  5. Beautiful drawings and inspirational words. I love how you pulled it all together. Hugs, Rasz

  6. Beautiful art with lessons today. You are so good with figure drawing!

  7. Beautiful words. I believe Mark meant: do not hide your light just because you are inside the house. Our light must shine constantly, not just when we go out. Blessings, Janet PPF

  8. Beautiful and so true! Those few moments we do something we shouldn't open the door to satan working on us.

    Thank you for posting on the Counting Our Blessings link up!

    Blessings - Julie


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