2 Samuel 11:1-2
King James Version (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
Time and Place
My Pastor discussed this situation in our Hour of Power on Saturday. The Holy Spirit led me back to the scripture later that evening.
At the opening of this chapter, King David was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had an appointment. It was the time when kings were supposed to go to battle. His place was at the lead of his troops, fighting the glorious fight in the name of the Lord. They went. He didn't.
Then we find David goes from the wrong place to a worse place. He went out on the roof of the king's house. It was bad enough that David wasn't in place with his men, but he wasn't in place at home either. He was out of the protection and away from duty.
It doesn't say "he went out on the roof of his house" or "out on the roof of the palace" but of the king's house.
There's something very precarious, almost dangerous, about when we put ourselves above God's covering. We put ourselves in positions where protection is no longer available. We get out of the house of God, and we get into the mess of the world.
We miss prayer and suddenly it's hard to get up on Saturday morning and make it. We stay home from service one week for no good reason and we look up and it's been at least a month since we've been back. Missing Bible Study once won't hurt...and then we can't remember the last time we went.
Then the challenge comes. The transmission stops working in the car. That dreaded 2:00 AM phone call. The loss of a loved one. An unexpected meeting with your boss, with a box sitting on the table. The confession by a spouse of an affair.
It's not that these things don't happen to the faithful. It's about preparation and protection. Right place, right time. When we take ourselves out of God's will for our lives, we remove ourselves from the very structure of protection that God has arranged. We come out from behind His blockade. We remove ourselves from the healing in His wings. We run out of the strong tower and into a far land. It doesn't take long before we find ourselves eating out of a trough, a servant to our own disobedience, our armor and co-laborers disappear in our wake.
That's a hard place. And it's the wrong place.
There is a place for you. There is a ministry that has been perfectly designed for you. We call churches God's house on purpose, and you're supposed to be in the the King's house. Walking around it, being near it isn't the same as being in it.
The time for homelessness has past. It's time to come home. It's the right time to be in in your right place.
Fall may be the time that schools set aside for homecoming, but your time is now. If you don't know Christ as your Savior, the time to believe is now. If you've accepted Christ's sacrifice for your life, but you've limited yourself to an isolated, 'God knows my heart" relationship, then you've shorted yourself. You've left your soul like a wounded vet living on the street away from a warm, loving family in a place of healing and provision.
The address for Fellowship is 455 Ga HwyGA. If your home isn't with us, we will gladly get you to the right place. But start where you are to get where you're supposed to be.
Come in off the roof.
King James Version (KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
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Where Passions Become Reality
Because You Are a Chosen Generation
Between GA Hwy 85 and US 19/41
Across from EJ Swint Elementary School
Church Website - www.fcchosengeneration.com
Alton Watkins, Pastor