”For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” [Romans 8:14]

Active faith is led by God’s perfect timing—Faith that is active can depend on certain benefits, one of which is being led by the Spirit.  In the story of David and Bathsheba, David could have avoided major problems if he’d activated his faith and known it was time for battle not for resting.   “In the Spring when kings normally go out to war,… David stayed behind in Jerusalem.” [2 Samuel 11:1] for whatever reason David didn’t do the next ‘right’ [normal] thing.

Active faith is at the right place at the right time:  Having not done the next ‘right’ thing David found himself in the wrong place. ”Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.”  Being where you shouldn’t be will put you in a place of temptation and danger.  Doing the ‘normal’ thing is man’s part—God will do the supernatural.

Active faith has power over manipulation:  Then David said, … Go on home and relax. David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace.  ”But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.” [v.9] Even the instructions of the king could not deceive the man led by the Spirit of truth who instead acted with integrity of heart.

Further reading:   ~ 2 Samuel 11 ~ Romans 8

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