by Eddie Snipes

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Consequences of Complacency (Part 2 of 2)
Series: Answering the Call
Eddie Snipes
2 Samuel 11:1-4

Consequences of Complacency
God anointed David as king many years before God actually made him ruler of Israel. During those years David suffered greatly and his faith was tested. He first had to be patient and wait on God. Added to his patience in waiting for the Lord, he also was tested by the reigning king, Saul. Several times, Saul hunted David like an animal to kill him so his own son could inherit the throne. When David finally became king, the kingdom was divided and he had to wait for God to establish his throne and give the people confidence in his authority. The enemies of Israel were strong, so David's early years as king were in battle as he defeated every enemy that threatened the people.

Once the kingdom was secure and everything was going smoothly, David fell into a trap that many Christians fall into -- complacency. When David had a purpose and his goal was in sight, he led the charge into battle. When David got at ease and lost focus on his goal, he no longer led the charge. He took it for granted that God would give him these victories and he let others do the work while he sat idly. It was during this idle time that temptation crept in the door. When he should have been at the forefront, he was on the backseat without focus or a purpose. When he saw the woman bathing, he did not turn away but allowed temptation to become his new focus.

Anyone can give in to temptation, but when we have no focus or direction, we become especially vulnerable to temptation. When I find my purpose in God's plan, a goal to fulfill my calling, and my passion is to fulfill that calling, my focus remains on Jesus Christ and that plan for my life. It is hard for temptation to stop me and change my direction in a way that is contrary to my goal. When I am sitting idle, anything that comes along will be of interest. One of the schemes of the devil is to catch us at ...

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