*’KEPT’ FROM SINNING..!*
*WEDNESDAY, 10 AUGUST 2022*
“In the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. 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” Genesis 20:5,6.
Abimelech was only a heathen king. He did not have a vision of the God of glory like Abraham did, and yet he had a great fear of God. In verse 8 we read that when Abimelech learnt that the woman he had taken was a man’s wife, he and his people “were sore afraid”.
The Lord Himself testifies to his ‘integrity of heart’. Because Abimelech was sincere and upright in his ways, the Lord “kept” him from sinning against Him. We find a great spiritual truth here. If we are sincere and upright before God in all that we do, if we fear to displease the Lord, the Lord will keep us from falling into sin ignorantly. “He will keep the feet of his saints” I Samuel 2:9.
David did not act in innocence and sincerity in Bathsheba’s matter. So he fell into outright sin. He realizes this later and prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me….Cleanse thou me from secret faults….and I shall be innocent from the great transgression” Pslams 51:10; 19:12,13.
So child of God, whatever you do, do it ‘in the integrity of your heart’. Let not your heart condemn you in anything you do.
“The fear of the Lord is to depart from evil”.
Pslams 140:1-13 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man. Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah. Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah. I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. Amen
Let us pray: Heavenly Father we praise you and give all glory to you Lord. Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to save us from hell punishment. Thank you Jesus Christ for taking my sin punishment on the cross and sheded your Holy blood and made me worthy to enter your kingdom of heaven. I ask forgiveness for all the sin I have done in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you Holy Spirit, help me to keep away from sinning against God’s word and hold my hand and lead me in the path of righteousness to glorify the name of Jesus Christ. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
– *PRAISE THE LORD*