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Four steps: To Doing What You Thought You’d Never Do
Neglecting our duty. When we’re not doing the higher thing we should be doing, it makes us unhappy and vulnerable. In bed, rather than in the battle?
Indulging our eyes. God’s provisions aren’t enough, so I’ll focus on something else. Hyper-focused on the wrong thing?
Betraying our spouses. We begin taking our relational, emotional, sexual energy to other sources or people. Diverting your attention elsewhere?
Hiding our sin. Cover it all up. But it will take its toll and the price will leave you broken. Afraid no one will love you in your badness?
You are those four steps away from doing what you think you would never do.
Four Steps to Freedom: you are these four steps away from being absolutely and totally free from your past and the present fear.
Step One: Exposed by God’s Word. God comes to you through his word, seeking you out, exposing your sin, inviting you to leave the road that leads to death and step towards freedom.
Step Two: Helped by God’s People. First, Nathan challenges David (12:7). Second, Nathan hears David’s confession. Third, Nathan reassures David.
Step Three: Welcomed by God’s Grace. God’s word issues a call to you to come to him in repentance. But to come, you need to be confident that God will welcome you and forgive you.
Step Four: Restored to God’s Service. The story began with David neglecting his duty as king. It ends with Joab calling him to the battlefront (v 26–28). David goes to lead his people to victory (v 29–31).