* The word besetting means to harass on all sides; hem in; to surround or attack from all sides; to trouble persistently; to assail or to torment.
* Sin can be defined as an offense against God and a transgression of His divine law.
What then is besetting sin? This is what can be referred to as the chief sin, the principal sin, the most important sin or the sin you commit very often. This vary from one person to another. To some, it is telling of lies: remember that Satan is the father of all liars. To some, it is fornication or adultery. To others, it is sexual perversion. To some others, they find it difficult to forgive. Some have the problem of bitterness, drunkenness, rivalry, excessive anger or even character assassination.
THOT: It is possible that I have not mentioned your own. What is your besetting sin?
From Hebrew 12:1, we read "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
From this passage you are told what to do with your besetting sin. You have been told to lay it aside. That is, to keep it away from you. Run away from it. If you don't, it will not only ruin you but it will also disgrace you publicly. What Satan does is to wait for an opportunity when you will not be on guard; then he will tempt you with such your besetting sin. If you have not laid it aside, you will easily yield to the temptation and thereby commit sin against God.
THOT: What efforts are you making towards laying aside your besetting sin? Take a bold step today and now.
"In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. ( Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, 'I am pregnant.'( 2 Samuel 11:1-5)"'
David was at home enjoying himself when kings are suppose to be in the war front. Being in the wrong place can weaken your resistance to sin. That was what happened to David. He committed the sin of adultery and later ensured that one of his best soldiers, Uriah, was killed.
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