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Breaking Bad: Broken Influence

By: Admin on October 31, 2013

We make choices. As opportunities present themselves we act on them. Our choices are based on who we are, what we have learned and our experiences of life. These choices are not strictly personal, because how we choose to live affects those around us. The effects of our choices can be deep-reaching for both good and bad.

What does the man or woman “after God’s own heart” look like?
• Includes: honesty, integrity, honour, respect, knows God and obeys God with all their heart
• Does not include: adultery, lying, murder and cover-ups

Yet, this is exactly what happened to a person who is called in the Bible, a “man after God’s own heart” - Israel’s King David – 2 Samuel 11

King David had incredible influence over his own nation and the nations around him.

• Influence from a young age over the army, bringing victory and security to the country.
• This in turn brought about an influence over the hearts of the people of Israel
• Influence over a large group of ruffians when running for his life in the wilderness, trying to escape King Saul
• Influence over an entire nation when he became king, bringing tremendous military and economic success to the nation of Israel
• Helped solidify the spiritual life and worship of God in Israel

Unfortunately David took that influence and used it for a selfish fling,
2 Samuel 11:1 – 4 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.

King David took that which was not his to take, but he thought he could take it because he held a position of “authority”, forgetting that he did not achieve that authority, rather it was given to him by God to be used in God’s way – David was a spiritual leader over Israel. David used his influence for what he wanted. In the end, he got something he had not bargained for, Bathsheba became pregnant as a result of the tryst.

David tried to cover up what he had done by getting Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba's husband, drunk and then sending him home. But Uriah was a faithful servant and soldier and refused to go home and receive a benefit while his troops slept in the open field, always at risk because of the war.

Finally David forced his General, Joab, to send Uriah to the front into a place where he would die, and he was killed. King David used his influence to set an army commander against his own men.

David took Bathsheba to be his wife and then could "safely" announce they were expecting. No one was any wiser....except God. David was called out by God for his selfish use of influence and the price paid was incredibly high.

The lesson we need to remember is that my sin always affects and hurts others.
• The baby conceived by David’s lust died
• David’s family split and brothers murdered brothers
• David’s son Absalom, the crown prince, plotted against his father and eventually a bloody civil war broke out resulting in Absalom’s death and a considerable loss of David’s influence and respect even though he had been restored as king of Israel.

In Galatians 5:13, Paul says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

We have Freedom:
Called to be free by God through the work and person of Jesus Christ. Our faith is working within that freedom on the basis of the person and work of Jesus. We are now free from sin, free from the Law and regulations that only lead us to guilt and death.

We are now free to use our Influence
• Not for me and my selfishness (indulge the flesh)
o Not to follow temptation into sin
o Not to be a burden on others
I am now free to serve others
o Doing for others
o Thinking about others in humility (not for my personal gain or interest)
o In Love – demonstrated love based on the love we have received from God in Jesus

Real leadership is all about influence, not about positions, titles or education. People will follow someone who has influence – where are you leading them?

God is the absolute authority over the entire universe. His influence is not used for himself, rather for the benefit of everyone. Remember, God is not only all-powerful and all-just, he is all-wise, all-intelligent and all-loving. He works all of those characteristics together in perfect unity.

When we chose to exercise our freedom to follow our way, God chose to exercise his influence and authority for our benefit.

READ Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Where is your faith? How are you exercising your freedom and influence?

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Topics: love, message series, sin

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