Temptation is a fact of life we have to live with daily, from hitting the snooze button, eating the doughnut or thinking thoughts that are not pleasing to God. We are all tempted in many ways every day. Why do some handle temptation better than others? Those who conquer temptation are those with a made up mind.
Yes they are still tempted, but their success is due to making up their mind FIRST of what they will do when temptation comes.
David, in his life was determined to be holy in his walk with God. In Psalm 101:1-4 he says “I will sing of loving kindness and justice. To Thee, O LORD, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will Thou come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.”
David had a made up mind!
He made up his mind to praise God. He knew making it a priority to praise God continually would leave no room for temptation to get hold.
He made up his mind to pay attention to the way of integrity. He chose to take the time to seek out the right way and to implement it into his life.
He made up his mind to live with integrity in the heart of his house. To have integrity is to do the right thing all the time even if no one is looking. David made up his mind to go so far as to have integrity in the hidden place of his heart where no one could see if he sinned.
He made up his mind not to set anything godless before his eyes, he decided to turn his head when tempted to look at ungodly things.
He made up his mind that he didn’t like to sin, and if he did he would not let it be a habit, but be quick to repent.
As we read this psalm we can’t help but think, a lot of good his made up mind did him when he fell into sin with Bathsheba.
Even though we put a made up mind into practice, we still cannot be sinless. David found himself tempted by what he saw, he did not turn his head but kept thinking about it. This action brought the temptation closer, causing him to fall into it.
2 Samuel 12:13-14 says as soon as David realized he sinned he quickly repented saying, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And in Psalm 51:12-13 David wrote about his repentance, saying “Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit, then I will teach transgressors Thy way and sinners will be converted to Thee.”
The most impressive thing David did in his life was to quickly repent when he sinned and help others, teaching them what not to do.
We can do the same! We are all tempted and we all fall. If you put these steps into practice you stand a better chance not to fall. If you do fall, remember to be quick to repent and use what you have learned to help others live the victorious life with Jesus.
Father, thank you for being so gracious to us even when we blatantly sin against you. Help us to turn our sins into teaching moments and help others become closer to you. In the name of Jesus, amen