By Babatope Babalobi
Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander”
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer 17:9).
The heart is restless and works throughout our life, whether when we are awake or sleeping. When the heart is not pumping blood through the arteries and veins for our life sustenance, it is processing information and data. Our heart is our life. Death occurs simply when our heart stops working, and it is common to hear about Heart failures as being the primary cause of a person’s death. As long as your heart is working, you are alive, when it stops working, you are worst that a living ant
The Heart is the engine room of the soul. It is the seat of all thoughts and emotions. Your heart can be any mood or can be in any state. It can be heavy, meek, good, evil, troubled, tender, feeble, pure, upright, honest, wicked, grieved, forthright, sorrowful, joyful, merry, proud, hardened, deceitful, foolish, or wise. How best can we describe your heart? Which of the adjectives above can best describe your heart?
Luke 6:45: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks”
Our hearts will either take us to heaven or hell.
Genesis 6:5: “ And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”
Whether you are going to make heaven or hell depends on what goes on in your heart and what actions you eventually take based on that. The Heart is our conscience. Every evil thought and imagination starts from the heart. Name it…… murder, assassinations, violence, sexual orgies, wickedness and many more of such. It normally starts when the enemy drops an evil idea in our hearts. And unless we reject this immediately, we start to process this and magnify it.
The Heart knows good and evil and can distinguished between the two. No one can be deceived into committing evil by his heart. When you are committing a good act, you heart is there approving you, and when your are about to commit an evil act, your heart will also disapprove of it, but in most cases because of our stubbornness, we ignore the counsel of our heart.
The heart is the seat of deep secrets but all the secrets of a man’s heart are open and know to God
1 Samuel 16:7: “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of hisstature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart”
Psalm 44:21: “Would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”
The spirit of God knows every thought that is going on in our heart. Our hearts must be seared with the word of God always. We must never think of anything that is contrary to the plans of God in our hearts. Our hearts are in His hands, and we cannot hide it from Him.
God knew through the heart of Esau that he was plotting evil against his brother Jacob. God hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that he could bring him and the Egyptians into destruction and gain glory and deliverance for His people the Israelites, and Delilah was able to betray Samson her lover, because Samson poured all his heart secrets to her.
Part of the things God will use to judge us is the thoughts of our heart. We must therefore be extremely careful what we process in our hearts. The Spirit of God records every thought of our heart.
Proverbs 21:2: “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart”
Matthew 5:28: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”
Jeremiah 17:10:“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”
Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”
The heart is the cemetery of several unanswered prayers. Our hearts must match what our mouth says. If we confess Jesus is Lord, and we think contrary in our hearts, then the spirit of God will take us as unbeliever.
God takes serous what is in our heart more than what we say with our mouths, a lot of faithlessness takes place in our hearts. The contrary thoughts of our hearts have turned our heart into the burial ground of most our prayers. If you pray with all your might but you do not believe in your heart that the prayers have been answered, then the prayers will remain unanswered.
Mark 11:23: “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him”
Our heart is the seat of our relationship with God our creator. Hannah prayed to the Lord at Shiloh with her heart and her voice was not heard.
Deuteronomy 4:29: “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul”
The heart is the seat of our integrity ? We must jealously guide what goes on in our hearts; we must not open our hearts to be influenced by negative thoughts or ideas. We must shut our hearts from the devil.. We can commit evils with our hearts. We can be dammed by the thoughts of our hearts,
Proverbs 6:18: “a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil”
Proverbs 6:25: “Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes
Genesis 20:6: “And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her”
Our heart is the seat of intense battle between the forces of light and darkness.
There is an intense battle going on every moment, every second, every minute, every hour, very day, every week, every month, every year, every decade, every generation, and in fact throughout our life over our hearts.
The forces of light are battling over your heat to win it for the kingdom of God and enjoy eternity in heaven, while the powers of darkness are struggling to gain control of your heart for the Kingdom of Hell.
Every moment the forces of darkness are attempting to influence you to imagine evil and commit sin, and at the same time the forces of God is reminding you of the wages of sin and urging you to remain righteous.
This is the battle of the heart and you have to overcome it and live a victorious Christian life in holiness. But you cannot win the battle by your own power, you need the Holy spirit to give you a new heart that is pure towards Christ to enable you win the battles of your heart. Jesus is willing to give you anew heart today if you wish.
Romans 10:9: “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”
Romans 10:8-10 “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
If you want Jesus to help you win the battle of over your heart, then say this simple prayer.
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and have fallen short of your glory. I genuinely repent from all my sins and pledge to go and sin no more. I accept that by my strength I cannot win the battle over my heart. I therefore surrender my heart to you form this moment, Take over my Heart and give me a new spirit. Sanctify meet heart with your blood and clean away every filthy thought. I commit my life to you henceforth and I believe my future is secure in your hands in Jesus name.
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2 Samuel 11:2-17:One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) ThenA she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.”
So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.9But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. When David was told, “Uriah did not go home,” he asked him, “Haven’t you just come from a distance? Why didn’t you go home?”
Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.
In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In it he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
2 Samuel 12:7-12: Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel
There was an occurrence on the second night of my arrival in the Hotel in 2005 when I travellled to Niger Republic to atend a conference. a Sex worker approached me, and tried persuading me into Commercial sex. She is likely in her early twenties, very friendly and unashamedly marketing her services.
As she engaged me in a conversation on what she had to offer, the Holy Spirit counseled me to offer her Salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord. I preached to her with the aid of an Interpreter who understands her native Hausa language and to the glory of GOD, I succeeded in leading her to Christ on the spot. And she pledged to stop engaging in prostitution from that moment, blaming hunger for her engagement in sex work.
When I returned to my Hotel room, the Holy Spirit ministered to me concerning the incident, saying what I have just exercised is my freewill, which is a power inherent in all men to chose between good and evil.
The Spirit told me that temptations abound in life, but it is up to Christians to flee room it. Like some of the lodgers in the Hotel, I could have patronized one of the several Sex workers mingling around, and regard this as an inconsequential event, just having some fun or at worst ‘a little sin’ As I was in hotel, my wife was not around, and she would not have known if I had committed adultery with a Sex Worker.
I could have fallen to the temptation and still returned back to Nigeria my Home country, and join other members of the Church in shouting Praise the Lord during the next service- the Pastor would not have known that I slept with a prostitute.
I could have fallen to the temptation of committing adultery thinking nobody would known. I could have said let me enjoy myself for this night with this delectable lady, I could even had decided to use Condom, in order to protect myself against any Sexually Transmitted Disease. ‘A little sin’ I could have committed, thinking nobody would have known, but God told me the Holy Spirit was watching, and recording the incident.
The Hoy Spirit explained to me that King David was in a similar circumstances when he committed a little sin with Bathesheba, the daughter of Eliam as contained in the passage above. David had gone to relax in the rooftop of his house, and saw a beautiful woman bathing naked, and the spirit of lust influenced him.
He subsequently invited her into his house and committed adultery with her. The woman conceived, and David devised a way of passing on the pregnancy to the Urriah, the Htite who was the husband of Bathsheba.; for it would be a public disgrace if it was known that the King took the wife of a common man.
King David sent for Uriah from the war front, hoping that he would lie with his wife. But the man was more honourable that David, and refused to lay sleep in his house while his colleagues were in the war front. King David then devised another strategy, and according to his instruction, Urriah died in battle through a conspiracy.
So, David eventually committed murder because of a little sin. Of course, when he conceived the idea of committing adultery with Bathsheba, he never would have thought he would end up with murder of her husband. A little enjoyment, a little sin, was all he bargained for.
We have to study these passages very carefully to realize the repercussions of the little sin King David committed. The first lesson from the passage is that God is not partial.
Remember that it is the same David that God said David is a man after His heart. Throughout the Bible, God never said thus of any other person. God anointed David, but when he sinned, He judged him. If you are an Archbishop or the Pope, if you commit a sin, God will bring you into judgment. He will not cover you. God judged David, a man after his heart, who are you not to be judged.
The next lesson is that we must not be an accomplice of sin. David saw a beautiful woman naked; naturally most men will be tempted. If you study the passage carefully, you will realize that Bathsheba had a plot. She know her house was near the King’s palace, and in full view of the King. Why was she bathing naked in full view of the King? Seems to me that she had a preconceived plan to become the King’s wife. The lesson here is that as a Christian, you should be careful not to become an accomplice of sin.
How do you become an accomplice of sin? Do not lure people into sin by your acts. For instance, if you dress like a harlot, you are tempting somebody to commit a sin. So, Sisters, do not behave like Bathsheba, who stood in the full view of the King’s Palace and bathed.
Bathsheba possibly tempted King David into Sin. Moreover, there is no evidence that she was cautious when the King sent for her. Or that when David made sexual moves towards Bathsheba inside the palace she resisted. The Holy Spirit was there and if she had ran out, if would have been recorded.
The Bible says, flee from sexually immorality, it did not say observe or examine sexually immorality. When the wife of Pothiphar wanted to lure Joseph into sex, Joseph ran away leaving his clothers behind. Likewise when Amnon wanted to sleep with his half sister Tamar, she resisted it and cried after she was raped. Bathsheba did not struggled with or resisted David. So she might have been a willing accomplice of sin.
The third lesson is that when you are committing evil and you think it is just a little sin, your conspirators in the sinful act may have another agenda that may magnify the little sin beyond your expectations. King David just wanted to have some fun, but Bathsheba wanted to have a Baby for the King.
Because no sooner after her sexual encounter with David, that she came back and gleefully announced that she is pregnant! David never bargained for this, and had to devised a greater sin to cover up the little sin.
This brings us to the fourth lesson, that when you are committing a little sin, you need a bigger sin to cover it up. King David committed adultery, and he falsely thought it would end there, but he had to commit murder in order to cover up adultery. So it is better not to commit a sin at all.
David became a murderer because of a little sin. Youths that are into fornication, and think all you are doing is having fun, by the time the fun turns into unwanted pregnancy, you have to commit the murder of abortion in order to cover up you ‘funny tracks’.
The fifth lesson is that you do not have to cut corners or commit a sin to earn a living. After I converted the sex worker into Christ by the grace of the Holy Spirit, I gave her about $3 as a gift. She was shocked saying that would have been her fee if I had gone to bed with her. I then told her that the fact that she was able to get such fund without committing adultery with me shows what God can do for her if she trusts in Him.
Poverty or Hunger is not an excuse for unrighteousness. Trust in God, and He will surely provide your needs. If you read II Samuel 12 verses 10-14, you will see that there are several other repercussions of the little sin David committed. The sixth lesson that there is a punishment for every sinful act here on earth, even if you have repented, and God has forgiven you.
The son of adultery died within seven days. If you commit a sin, the product of your sin is ungodly. If you steal money from the office, or cheat in your business, and use the proceeds to buy properties, the equipments will be malfunctioning and thieves may come and pack all you of them.
If you are fraudulent in you business or office, you purchase a sleek car with the proceeds, and give a beautiful testimony in the Church, you are just deceiving yourself. The Car will be prone to accidents, and you will be lucky if it does not eventually become your coffin.
Another lesson is that when you commit a Sin, it cuts you off from the Holy Sprit. When the Son of adultery became sick, David cried and prayed all night for healing, but God did not answer him, and the baby eventually died.
The eight lesson is that you will miss you divine purpose and plan if you are disobedience to God’s laws. God
said because you have done this “the sword shall never depart from thine house”. Long after David had forgotten the enjoyment of the little sin he had with the beautiful woman, the consequences did not abate. Absalaom rebelled against him, pursued him out of the palace into desert and the Davidic Kingdom was divided into two. Before his eyes.
The ninth lesson is that, you have placed a curse on yourself and house held for every sin you have committed. God says I am a Jealous God visiting the iniquity of the father upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me (Exodus20:5). .Few years later after David committed a little sin; Amnon, his son raped his half sister- Tamar.
The tenth lesson is that for every sin you commit in secret will be eventually be exposed, When the time of punishment for your sin comes, you will be publicly judged. God said “I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun” (II Samuel 12:11)
Absalom, David’s son eventually fulfilled this prophecy, and he lined up David’s concubines and slept with all of them one by one, on top of his father’s house, in full view of all Israelites
So today, God is calling you into repentance. I want you to start thinking, what is that little or big sin I am committing secretly or publicly. As a child are you obeying your parent’s instruction? As a husband are you faithful to your wife? In your Business, can your clients trust you?
As a wife, are you faithful with your husband’s finances? As a Pastor are you evangelizing or it is only on Sundays that you come and warm the front rows in the Church? As a Christian are you preaching the gospel to all nations or you are just a Churchgoer?
David has been our case study, but you do not need to fall from the grace of God before you repent. Some of you may be committing a little sin today, also in the false hope and belief that there will be no repercussions or consequences.
It may not be adultery, but cheating, lying, disobedience to God’s will, or wickedness. Today, God is asking you to repent and not to go into that sin again. For every sinful activity, no matter how little has evil repercussions, even after God has forgiven you.
Do you wish to repent of your little sins today? Do you want to be reconciled with God, through Jesus the Lord and Saviour? Then say this simple prayer:
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and have fallen short of your glory. I genuinely repent from all my sins and pledge to go and sin no more. I accept your plan to reconcile mankind to you through Jesus Christ, who you sent in your name. I believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and died on the Cross to pay the penalty for my sins and redeem me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I pray that His blood washes my sins away. I invite the Holy Spirit to rule my Life. I am born again in Jesus name.