The End Of Your Rope
This week's message is The End Of Your Rope. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
Reaching The End
Have you ever felt trapped by a sin or addiction? Have you ever wondered if you would ever be able to break free? We all tend to get into a "powerless zone" in which we are controlled by our vices and the way things have always been. King David found himself in such a state while his army was fighting a battle one day, and found himself an adulterer and a murderer with another man's wife and a lifetime of consequences.
Today we talk about what finally woke him up, and how we too can arise from our slumber and become who God wants us to be.
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At The End
Have you ever felt as though you were at the end of your rope? As though everything in your life had completely been turned upside down and you had nothing and no one to which you could turn? This is a place we don't want to find ourselves, and yet this is often just the place we need to be.
Most of us know the story of David and Bathsheba. Instead of being in the battle with his army, David stayed home. Walking on his rooftop and looking over the city, he sees a woman bathing, and finds her very attractive. He sends for her, and they commit adultery. After she becomes pregnant, David arranges for her husband to be put in a place in battle that he is sure to be killed. And after he is out of the way, David marries Bathsheba, and they have a son.
David was comfortable in his sin. Sometimes we feel as though we can get away with our sin. Maybe David did still hear the voice of his conscience, but didn't listen to it. And maybe we hear the voice of our conscience, but don't obey it. And the more we ignore that voice, the less power it has over us.
David did not see his sin like God saw it. It looked okay to him. You may be asking, "How could sleeping with another man's wife and then having that man murdered look okay to someone?!?" And yet what about your little insignificant sin? Is God asking, "how can that look okay to you?"
Or maybe you're held in bondange to something that looks bad to you, you know it's wrong, but you just can't seem to break free. Either way, you need a change in perception, one that only God can bring. It's time for you to start praying earnestly that God will bring you to the "end of your rope." Lord, no matter what it takes, no matter what the cost, bring me to the end of myself – get this think that displeases out of my life! Break me, crush me, shake this thing loose, in Jesus' name!
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