Discipline in the Flesh

~2 Samuel 11:11-13~
“And Uriah said to David, “The ark, and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants oh my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife?” As you live, and as your souls live, I will not do this thing. (12) Then David said to Uriah, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. (13) Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk . And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.”

Lord, please show me what you would have me get out of these verses. Please give me wisdom and understanding to dig deeper into Your Word.

If you don’t know the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah. You can go read 2 Samuel Chapter 11 and you will then know the entire story but for a little background David was in a dark place in his life, he in return slept with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, got her pregnant and tried to cover it up many, many times. In these verses we are in the midst of David trying to cover his sin.
Our theme for week 11 is Discipline. I had to ask myself what these verses had to do with discipline.
David like I said was in a very dark areas his life. For me, I have been in that area. The feeling of being surrounded by sin and feeling as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Having this feeling really put me in a mindset that I felt as if God would never accept me back and that there was no turning away from this. I had done one to many things for Him to ever love me. Looking back I know that that was all Satan. I wouldn’t want to go through it again but I am happy it happened. I look at it and see that discipline played a huge role in this dark area of my life. If it wasn’t for the way my parents raised me I probably would have gone through a lot more terrible and horrible things. They raised me with rules for a reason. The discipline being that even though my flesh wanted one thing, I knew what was right and wrong. When in the flesh it is incredibly hard to abstain from the things of this world but if you have some sort of discipline it will help you stay away from alcohol, drugs, sex, or whatever it is that leads you astray.
Switching views now.
Living a life right now, and in an area that I am not necessarily bombarded with all that stuff makes it really easy to say to just stay away form it. I look at Uriah and admire how much he respected the battle and knew that it was wrong for him to be at home. He, even being drunk still didn’t go home because he knew that it was wrong, that there was more men out on the field that would love to be home, with their wives. I don’t doubt that Uriah probably would have loved to see his wife but he knew that it was wrong. When I go home and probably as soon as I step off the plain I will be faced with my old self and the sin that lead me astray but if I stay rooted in His word and strive to be like him more and more everyday, it will not be easy but in his strength I will be able to withstand those sins that put me in a dark place.

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