Temptation never arrives with horns blaring and lights shining, rather it creeps in under the cloak of credibility and rationality. Today we learn how David falls for the temptation to short circuit his route to the throne, it seems good to him and those around him but it wasn't God's way. In this situation David learn's that even 'little' sins need to be avoided at all costs. Why? because there is no such thing as a 'little' sin.
David wants to to build a Temple for God, a permanent dwelling place for his glory. Great idea? Everyone thinks so, everyone that is except God. God says no to David's plans not because David has sinned or because he's unworthy. It's a great idea emanating from sound and pure motives but God simply says its not part of my plan for you. How does David cope with a knock back like that?
Are you free in your worship? David finds out that true freedom comes when we are completely obedient. To be a man after God's heart David discovers you have to care about the things God cares about, even in the smallest of details!
What do you want people to say about you once you are gone, what will your epitaph be? King Saul sums up his life in five words - I have played the fool! - tragically it needn't have been this way but Saul chose compromise and disobedience.
Today we find David fighting a crucial battle; this time however he's not fighting with a sword and its not against the Philistines or any external enemy. This time David loses the internal battle of truth versus lies; the conflict between commitment and compromise; the war of allegiance to God or self. The consequences are dire and David once again finds himself at rock bottom. Thankfully David finds that even after living in the land of the enemy for a long time that God is a Hope bringing God.
David was down and out but still his heart was turned towards God. It was at this point that God reveals his purpose and it becomes part of his healing. Listen in as Darren continues his series on the Life of David as he contemplates his future in a dark lonely cave.
After a dramatic rise to power and privilege David suffers a season of loss. How does he cope with this and what can we learn from his experience.
So many of us face difficult and challenging people in our lives; whether it is work colleagues, neighbours, bosses or even family, how do you cope with these close at hand enemies? After defeating Goliath David has to cope with a jealous and paranoid King who happens to be his best friends Father. Join Darren as he looks at David's coping mechanism and reveals a few insights into dealing with toxic people.