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Making A Full Recovery

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Sermon shared by T. Michael Crews

March 2006
Summary: An Exposition of 2 Sam. 12
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Making A Full Recovery
2 Sam.12
Letís call him Pete. Thatís not his real name, but this is a true story. Peteís a married man from right here in TN, well-respected in his community and church. Youíd like Pete; heís a nice, ordinary guy whoíd give you the shirt off his back. But Pete has a problem that God wants him to deal with. Listen to him explain in his own words:
I went to Promise Keepers in Indianapolis, knowing God was going to deal with me in an area I had held on to for over a year. Itís tragic to admit, but I had been unfaithful to my wife. Sure enough, God told me to tell her. I was frightened by the thought, yet I knew I had to tell her. When I arrived homeÖ I told my wife. It was the hardest thing Iíve ever had to do, but God has been faithful. My wife was very hurt and is still going through the process of healing, but she is committed to our marriage. God honored my honesty. I had to be anchored in him to survive the storm that followed, butÖI had to confess [my sin], both to God and to my wife.
Did Pete do the right thing? Did God really want Peter to confess his sin to his wife? Why not just tell God and forget about it? Why go through all that pain and work?
Itís human nature to look for the easiest, most painless path to recovery. But the truth is itís not always easy or painless to fully recover from a fall. You may fall in your living room at home and land on your bottom and after a good laugh, get up and keep going. But if the fall is more serious, the recovery can be more complicated. You may have to get a cast, or wear one of those boots. You may have to stay off your feet for awhile, and keep some extra doctor appointments. This is also true about falling into sin. With some sins you just ask God for forgiveness, get back up, and keep going. But for more serious falls, a full recovery becomes more complicated.
It is these kinds of serious falls I want to talk with you about this morning. I am convinced many of us still limp through life, crippled by guilt because weíve never truly experienced a full recovery from a fall. Youíve asked God to forgive you, but there is still a lingering sense of guilt, a sense that something is not quite right. Maybe youíre not even sure how to make it right, how to come back to where you once were in your relationship with the Lord.
King David learns this lesson about recovery from sin. He had his own crippling fall- committing adultery, murder, and deceit. The Bible records his dirty deeds in all their ugliness, but the Bible also records his recovery from this fall. I want to look this morning at 3 steps David went through to make a full recovery, and see how those same steps can help you and I make a full recovery when we fall into sin. If you have your Bible, open them to 2 Sam. 12, and letís learn how to make a full recovery from a fall into sin.
PRAYER
I. CONVICTION (v. 1-13a)
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Comments and Shared Ideas
Hello Michael, Thanks for the work you put into this message. It will help me as I prepare to preach on this passage. Rick Gillespie-Mobley

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