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Are You The Problem?

2 Samuel 12:7 KJV

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel… 

First of all, I would like to emphatically state that this article is directed towards no one in my life. I see posts and comments daily that are directed towards others. I believe this is not only cowardly, but also sinful. If you have issues with someone, you should talk with that person (Matthew 18:15-17). This message is simply what the Lord laid on my heart while praying for His direction. 

It would benefit you to read 2 Samuel 11 and 12. David is the king. It was a time when kings were at battle, but David had decided to stay home. One evening he woke up and saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba bathing on a rooftop. He pursued this woman, slept with her, and she got pregnant. One issue at hand was that Bathsheba was married to Uriah. David sent for Uriah to come home from the battlefield quickly so he would sleep with his wife, and everyone would think it was his baby. When he would not do so out of honor for his brothers on the battlefield, David hatched another plan to cover his sin. David then sent Uriah back to the battlefield and had him put on the front lines so he would be killed. That is exactly what happened. Now, David has succeeded in covering his sin, right? 2 Samuel 11:27 says, “… But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” In essence, everyone was fooled but God. 

God sent the Prophet Nathan to David with a story. He told David of a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had plenty, but the poor man only had one little lamb. The rich man, instead of taking from his own abundance, took the poor man’s lamb and killed it for himself. This angered David towards the rich man who’d done this deed to the point that he declared that man should die. In our text in 2 Samuel 12:7, “And Nathan said to David, thou art the man.”

The first person to examine in every problem in your life is you! Many Christians wrongly use Matthew 7 to tell others not to judge, but that is not what it says. It plainly tells us to judge ourselves first so we can see clearly to judge everything else. I encourage you today and everyday to look into the mirror of God’s word and judge yourself according to His word. Even if you’ve missed it, God will forgive and restore you, but this is impossible until you identify the problem. Make sure the problem isn’t you.

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