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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE Thursday, October 29, 2020.

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THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Thursday, October 29, 2020.
- International Internet Day & World Stroke Day

TOPIC: MANAGING YOUR THOUGHTS

Read 2 Samuel 11:1-4, 12:1-14

2 Samuel 11:1-4
1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “ Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.

2 Samuel 12:1-14
1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.
3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him.
4 And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
5 So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “ As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!
6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!
9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.
10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
11 Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’ ”
13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

MEMORISE:
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23)

EXPOSITION
Thoughts encompass an aim-oriented flow of ideas and associations that can lead to a reality-oriented conclusion. The Scripture made it known that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, meaning it is our thoughts that produce our actions. Also, it is what comes out of a man's heart that defiles him not what he takes in. This tells us that our hearts are the factories of our bodies that process whatever we do on earth. If this be so, then we need to manage the thoughts of our hearts so that it will not land us into troubles.
In our today's text, it was first the thought about the woman's beauty that came to David's heart, but because he couldn't manage that thought, he ended up committing adultery, which later led him to murder. In the world today, many things are there to pollute our minds and thoughts like pornographic pictures, corrupt or ungodly movies, corrupt messages, or information from internet and social media, ungodly songs, ungodly advice, etc. Hope you remember that today is International Internet Day.
Thank God, we can manage our thoughts in this corrupt world by guiding what we allow to enter therein. Philippians 4:8, has given us a cue on this, 'Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things'.
Allow only the thoughts about the things of God run in your mind, do not process whatever evil or ungodly thoughts that flash through your mind, discard them immediately and replace with the thoughts of things that are profitable.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Purge my heart, O Lord, from every negative thought that makes me sin against You, in Jesus' name.
2. Father, destroy the spirit of pornography, masturbation and other sexual sins in the life of our youths and teenagers.
3. Lord, help our church leaders to serve as good examples to those they lead and not to mislead them, in Jesus' name.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Jeremiah 14 - 16

Author: CAC WORLDWIDE
Remain blessed!

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