- Take heed to God’s Word.
There is so much treasure in this one phrase. Reading the Bible is important, but taking heed of God’s Word is vital. It means receiving the Word as you fellowship with Him.
When you eat, seeing your food on the plate is inconsequential. For it to have a positive effect on your life, you must portion it, put it in your mouth, chew it, and swallow it.
Getting God’s Word in your head is one thing, yet getting it into your heart is quite another.
Taking heed requires fellowship, spending time with Him, communication back and forth with Him.
I do this every day; I thank Him, bless Him for what I receive, and praise Him for what His Word means to me.
Fellowship means praying, thanking, and consuming His Word.
The Word brings life. When God’s Word is in your life, you will have the power to say “No!” to sin. When you say “No!” to sin, you won’t be tempted to say “Yes!”
There is no record that Samson had a deep fellowship with God. By contrast, the Psalms are filled with David’s yearning to know and understand His Father’s ways, even as he hid God’s Word in his heart as a fortress for the future.
We are told, “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NKJV).
Likewise, God tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8-9, NKJV).
When the devil and his demons come looking for someone to destroy, they see God’s Word in you keeping them out, and they move on.
How do you get sober and be vigilant? By the Word! That’s your responsibility.
One of the most glaring examples in the Bible of failing to do what David taught about being clean and staying away from sin is Samson. Samson’s strength became his weakness, as he disobeyed God, toyed with his evil enemies, Delilah, and the Philistines.
When you walk away from the Lord and His protection, you are vulnerable to His enemies.
Yes, God used Samson in the end to fulfill His will, but look at what Samson had to go through to see God’s will done.
Even though David also fell into sin with Bathsheba and faced widespread consequences, he quickly faced his sin and began reforging his deep fellowship with God. David lived a long life and saw great abundance begin to pour into the kingdom. By the time his son Solomon became king of Israel, silver and gold were as plenteous in the land as stones (2 Chronicles 1:15).
There is no greater pattern to follow for returning to the Lord than in Psalm 51. Every believer should know this chapter!
David knew, as each of us must learn, that proximity to God is protection. When you are close to Him, you are safe: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8, NKJV).
David repented and returned to God quickly. Proximity is powerful. It brings you into that place where the fellowship of God lies. When you are within God’s Word and fellowshipping with Him, you are within His proximity!
- Seek God with your whole heart.
God wants you to be clean and holy. His will for you is sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3, NKJV).
The definition of sanctification is to set apart to a sacred purpose, to consecrate, to free from sin, to purify, and to make productive of holiness. It means seeking God with your whole heart.
Jesus Himself said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, NKJV).
When you seek God with all your heart, and stay in close fellowship with Him daily, you will hear Him speaking to you, guiding you out of temptation. Deep within you will hear His voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21, NKJV).
He desires to guide your steps into a life that fills you with His love, joy, and peace that passes all understanding, guiding your heart and mind into a deeper fellowship with Christ
The best part is that anyone, even with the greatness of Samson or David, can find a way out.
Both Samson and David heard God calling out to them. When they repented, God was merciful, forgiving, and both men returned to God’s favor.
No matter where you are right now, there is a way out. God is the answer, whether you want to stay free or to become free.
The key to staying clean is given to us: Take heed of God’s Word, and seek Him with all of your heart.