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Too Much Time On My Hands

  • Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Don't throw me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalms 51:10'12 WEB.

    King David took a stroll around his palace's rooftop terrace one lazy afternoon when he spotted one of his neighbors bathing. It appears his balcony was above hers so he could look down on her. The woman was gorgeous, and she captivated him. So he sent someone to find out more about her. His messenger came back and told him plainly, "This is Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah." Uriah the Hittite was one of David's own trusted "mighty men," and he was away serving in the army.

    Instead of being out leading the army like he usually was, David was at home and bored. He had many wives of his own, but he just couldn't stop thinking about Bathsheba. So he sent for her and later slept with her. She became pregnant, which was vastly complicated for David because her husband was away in the military. In a few months, this was going to turn into a king size scandal.

    David sent for Uriah and tried to get him drunk so that he would go home and sleep with his wife, Bathsheba. Then it would look like the child was his. But Uriah was so loyal, he refused to do so. David was desperate and needed to cover this up. So he sent Uriah back to the battlefield carrying a sealed envelope to give to his commander Joab. In it was an assassination order for the death of Uriah.

    Joab arranged for Uriah to be killed by the enemy and sent David the word, "Your servant, Uriah, is dead." Then King David brought Bathsheba to his palace and married her. It appeared to be such a noble act. The rich King David was taking in a poor widow who was pregnant with her war hero husband's child, except she wasn't. It was his.

    A year quietly passed by, and Bathsheba had a son. One day, Nathan, the prophet, came to visit David. He told him about a rich man who had many sheep. When a visitor came to his house, instead of taking one of his own sheep to prepare for dinner, he sent for the only pet lamb that a poor man had who lived nearby. The man had raised the lamb as his own daughter, and it slept in his arms. Yet, the rich man took it away, and they ate her for dinner.

    David burned with anger when he heard the story about the lamb, for he had once been a shepherd himself. He shouted, "That man deserves to die!" Then Nathan told him, "You are the man!" Those words had to burn David intensely. To be suddenly confronted with all that he had so carefully hidden, the sin he thought he had gotten away with. But facing it was the beginning of restoration.

    David wrote later that his sin was always before him. He repented sincerely for what he had done. His prayer is recorded in Psalm 51. In verse 12, David asked God to restore the joy. For the joy of the Lord was one of the first things that left him. Nothing is hidden from God. He just gives us space to repent before it finally catches up with us. There is a period between writing a check and clearing the bank, but the debt eventually hits your account.

    When we mess up, it is best to get it over with immediately, before it festers like a sore. A simple prayer, and we can be forgiven. So be willing to stand up and say, "I am the one!" instead of waiting for God to confront you with it. We can choose to repent or to walk without His presence, sad and depressed the whole time. If you ask God, He will forgive you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your mercy. You are long-suffering and understanding. I am sorry for the times that I have let You down and chosen my way instead of Yours. Please forgive me, restore me, and help me live my life for You from this day forward. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen :)

December 30, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father Thank You for Your Forgiveness

December 30, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

December 30, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for your forgiveness and grace.  Amen

December 30, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 30, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Forgive me Lord Jesus for all my sins, give me Joy and never leave me. Amen 

December 30, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Lord, for Your forgiveness and leading. In Jesus' name, Amen

December 30, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank You Father For Still Loving Me After I Sinned Amen

December 30, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

December 30, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, please let our lives be lived for you and your glory. Amen 

December 30, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 30, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

December 30, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus watch out for us and Sustain us as you've always done. Praise God Amen

December 30, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for Your forgiveness for all sins I have had, that Your grace be always on me. Lead us Lord, don't forsake us and give us a clean heart and follow Your will. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord,accept my repentance.,Amen. 

Great message Pastor, thank you. God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

December 30, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus! Your ways are best Lord I am listening and I am willing to do whatever you want me to do in Jesus Christ name I pray Amen!

December 30, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your forgiveness and mercy, Amen.

December 30, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

December 30, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 30, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask this , Amen.

Jan 5