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Moments of Weakness

Read | 2 Samuel 11:1-5

The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who sinned against the Lord in moments of weakness. These true stories—beginning with the account of Adam and Eve—are given to us for our instruction (1 Cor. 10:11). The Father wants us to learn from the mistakes of others.

Idleness allowed King David’s mind to contemplate adultery with Bathsheba. Weariness led Elijah to consider death preferable to life (1 Kings 19:4). Pride may have played a part in Eve’s listening to the serpent (Gen. 3:6), while lust may have prompted Solomon to desire many wives, including unbelievers (1 Kings 11:1-3). Add to these a sense of spiritual or emotional neediness and emptiness, and we have at least six situations that are fertile ground for temptation. In some biblical examples, enticement was resisted; in others, the individuals gave in. I’m certain every one of us can identify.

While there are many kinds of temptation, they follow a similar pattern. The eye looks, the mind desires, and the will acts. King David looked at Uriah’s wife, inquired about her, and then he acted. Another Israelite, Achan, who helped in the Jericho conquest, noticed all the material wealth, coveted it in his mind, and took what he wanted (Josh. 7:20-21).

No matter what’s creating vulnerability, each person is ultimately responsible for his or her own actions. So in times of weakness, remember the word halt. Its letters can remind you not to let yourself become too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Most importantly, fix your attention on the Lord, draw strength from Him, and experience victory over temptation.

 

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  • June 21, 2013 12:16 PM

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    This speaks directly to me at this moment in life. Thank you!
  • June 21, 2013 12:11 PM

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    COL TRADUTTORE VI HO LETTO...GRAZIE CHE DIO VI BENEDICA.....CLARA MILANO ITALIA
  • June 21, 2013 12:00 PM

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    Thanks! I needed to be reminded of this today.......I'm experiencing ALL four. H a L T!
  • June 21, 2013 09:02 AM

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    This is really eye opnening! I'm struggling to make the right chise in the moment of weakness
  • June 21, 2013 08:49 AM

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    Thanks, I'm going through a really hard time in my life and most of it is because of what i sewed. Even though my heart is broken, i no God is teaching me a lesson. This message was a great encouragement to me.
    Christian Snuggs
  • June 21, 2013 08:28 AM

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    This strategy is taken from the 'anonymous' programs. What do you do if you DO find yourself too hungry, too angry, too lonely, too tired? We all find ourselves there at times. As believers we are never without Christ and because He is with us and is our strength we can endure hunger, anger, loneliness, and fatigue knowing that our weaknesses are where He shows himself strongest!
  • June 21, 2013 08:07 AM

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    Yes Victory in Jesus ....... Amen
  • June 21, 2013 07:38 AM

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    THANK YOU ! GOD FOR YOUR WORD!
  • June 21, 2013 07:24 AM

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    Thank you so much, my mind needed such encouraging words "No matter what’s creating vulnerability, each person is ultimately responsible
    for his or her own actions. So in times of weakness, remember the word halt. Its letters can remind you not to let yourself become too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Most importantly, fix your attention on the Lord, draw strength from Him, and experience victory over temptation."

  • June 21, 2013 06:29 AM

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    Thank you for your love and grace Father God, that I am sustained in times of uncertainties. Thank you Lord Jesus, in your name we pray, amen
  • June 21, 2013 06:04 AM

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    I'M SO BLESSED WITH....I JZ HAD A REAL VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION...THANK U LORD FOR U KEEP REASSURING ME UR ALWAYS ON MY SIDE...GLORY TO U OUR HEAVENLY FATHER LORD GOD.AMEN
  • June 21, 2013 05:54 AM

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    This is exactly what I needed. My prayers have been answered. Praise God!

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