Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” 2 Samuel 13:15
Immediate and instant pleasure is the desire of the world. The faster one can be pleased the happier he is, in the moment. People look to fulfill all of their desires ignoring what the cost may be due to the desire being fulfilled. Some come at a high price. Most pleasures sought by the world are fleeting and end very quickly, leaving one desiring even more.
Amnon had chosen to rape his sister, Tamar, and immediately afterwards hated her worse than he thought he loved her.
God made man and woman to desire each other in the realm of marriage. Outside of marriage the desire may still be there and if attempted to be fulfilled will satisfy in the moment, but afterwards it will leave one empty, desiring more and hating what one already received.
Some believers are drawn into the trap of the world that immoral sex is enjoyable and desirable. Without restraint upon their thoughts some will act upon their immoral desires.
As with any sin, not just sexual, it leaves one empty and guilty of sin. Instead of blaming self for the sin, many will choose to blame others. In the process of blaming others, they will hate the others greatly for ‘bringing’ on the sin.
Just as one must keep himself pure from sexual immorality, every believer must also strive to keep himself pure from any sin. Jesus died to take away sin and the guilt of all sin. Believers do not have to go back to sin or be guilty again if they choose to follow Christ and obey His commands. He brings love and fulfillment where sin only brings about hatred and unfulfillment.
Sin will always be at your door knocking to get you to participate in it. You have a choose to flee the temptation and immediate pleasure or to choose God and eternal pleasures that none can take away. Be willing to deny yourself immediate pleasure in order to do God’s will for your life. It may be painful and difficult in the moment, but it will gain eternal rewards in the end.
If you have done anything sinful, whether sexual or non-sexual, repent of it and receive God’s forgiveness, love peace and fulfillment in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sexual sins; that you will seek God’s desire for your life; that you will find pleasure and fulfillment in obeying God’s law; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love for you.
The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ Deuteronomy 33:27
Young children often like to be in the arms of their parents when things are not going very well. It is in the arms of the parents where they feel secure and safe.
Adults also like to feel secure and safe. Instead of climbing into someone’s arms, adults turn to other things to grab on to the security and safety. Holding onto things is their hope that disaster will be kept away.
Moses reminds the people that God is their refuge, that they are in His arms and that He will drive out their enemies from before them.
The world claims that the best way to have security is in the things of this world. People seek greater finances, more things, better things, better positions and more, hoping for better security. While all of these things may give some form of security, they are all temporary and will fade away. Many of these things can also be taken away by someone else.
Standing on and believing in God is the only eternal security a person can possibly have. God is the only One that is greater than any enemy a person may have.
Believers today do not have to physically go in and take a land or physically destroy an enemy, but they do have enemies and need to take back people and lives that Satan has stolen. Battles against temptation and sin will arise daily in the life of the believer and he needs God to go before him to destroy those enemies.
God will hold the believer in His everlasting arms of peace, comfort and protection. The body may be destroyed, but the soul will be saved for eternity. This is the refuge the believer has.
At a minimum you will have spiritual enemies that are out to destroy your soul and get you to sin against God. The world does not want to see you succeed.
Know, believe and trust that God has you in His arms, protecting you and keeping you safe from all eternal harm. As you trust in God, He will destroy your enemies from before you. He will give you strength to overcome the attacks of the enemy upon your soul.
You can rest assured that God has you in His arms safe and secure.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God has you in His arms; that you will trust the security of God for your life; that God will remove the enemies from before you; and that God will give you victory over the temptations that come your way.