Sunday, September 21, 2014

Steps to Recovery from Failure

Galatians 6:1-2; Psalm 51
Any addicted or dysfunctional individual may need an INTERVENTION to face their problem. This Psalm shows the healthy response to an intervention. David had heard the words of the prophet Nathan, "Thou art the man!" and judged himself guilty of adultery and murder. How did he respond and begin his recovery?
That which has been mended always leaves a mark.
The prospect of restoration after a fall is greatly enhanced by the proper responses to God and man.
Addiction is bondage that requires help to get free.
What was involved in David's "Recovery Program"?
I. A Plea for Forgiveness v.1-2 
A. Three words used for sin demonstrate (What I Am):
1. Transgression – open rebellion against God
2. Iniquity – a twisted state of heart because of sin
3. Sin – missing the mark of God's purpose for our lives
B. Three words used for forgiveness demonstrate complete cleansing.
1. Blot out erase the record - forget what I did
2. Wash – – hard and deep accountability
3. Cleanse – Holy, inner cleansing
II. An Honest Confession v.3-6  (What I Must Do)
III. A Holy Cleansing v.7-12  (What God Does)
A. Rejoicing in Heart and Removal of Guilt - v.8
B. Remission of Sin - v.9
C. Re-creation of desires - v.10
D. Renewal of Relationship - v.11
E. Restoration of Joy - v.12
IV. A Sacred Vow - v.13-15  (What I Will Do)
"Use me" is the natural response of the delivered.
V. God's Requirements - v.16-17  (What I Learn)
To be right with God, I must:
A. Recognize I am guilty - v.16-17a
B. Humble myself before God - v.17b

C. Receive God's gift of forgiveness - v.17c

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