Last night I was thinking about what I had read in 1 Chronicles. King Saul disobeyed the Lord more than once. In 1 Samuel 15:25 he pleaded with Samuel to pardon his sin. Verse 26 says, “But Samuel said to Saul…you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
The manifestation of that didn’t happen right away. We see the fruit of his disobedience in 1 Chronicles 10:13. It says, “So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord…” Verse 14 is startling. It says, “But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.”
The lies Saul believed caused him to act them out in sin. A temptation to lie, is just that. It is only a temptation to sin. When we carry it out through our thoughts, they become actions of sin.
When satan lobs a fiery dart, it is a lie to be implanted in our hearts to control us. If we don’t receive the lie, it dies. If we take it as our own, it becomes an internal stronghold that will bring us down.
David was made king in 1 Chronicles 11. His army grew and was strong. David brought the ark back with great rejoicing. David set in singers whose job was to worship. I encourage you to read David’s song of thanksgiving in chapter 16.
David prospered. Yet something happened that I want to bring to your attention. 1 Chronicles 21:1 says, “Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.” Does that sound like today to you?
We must guard our hearts from believing the lies of the enemy. They are lobbed to destroy from within. If satan can get us to believe a lie, he will control our lives. He is the prince of the power of the air (media) who rules in the hearts of those who are disobedient.
Psalm 119:11 is an admonishment to hide God’s word in our hearts so we won’t sin against Him. All sin is against Him. Of course that is satan’s design – to block our fellowship with the Lord and with His people. We, the church, must rise on our knees to fight this spiritual battle with His word securing our hearts.