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Session 16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Read: 2 Samuel 12:1-13

Who doesn’t like flattery and attention? What if the person doling compliments is not your spouse? What’s the harm with a little innocent flirtation? 

The enemy loves to attack us with lies, showcasing a luring package of attractive sin, intending to trap us in a cycle of guilt and regret. We become insensitive to our own sin, blinded with hypocrisy, as we point our finger at the girl who had an affair, yet fail to own the steamy conversation we had at the water cooler about Channing Tatum. 

How are we different from David, a man after God’s own heart, who slept with another man’s wife, impregnated her, and then had her husband killed?

In 2 Samuel 12, God sends the prophet Nathan to rebuke David of his sin. Nathan tells David about a rich man who took from a poor man to provide for a traveler in need. David’s enraged and believes the rich man must die. Nathan confronts David, saying, “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7). Nathan points out David ignored the word of the Lord and committed evil, and promises David there will forever be trouble within David’s household. David harshly judges the rich man, while being blind to his own sin cycle. Until he’s caught red-handed. Then when confronted, instead of trying to hide his sin, David immediately confesses to God, takes responsibility, and repents. 

Repentance paves the way to freedom. 

Ultimately, God forgave David. When David least deserved God’s grace he was redeemed and restored anyway. Repentance paved the way to freedom for David, and this holds true in our own lives. Instead of focusing on what sins other people are doing let’s examine our own lives and repent of our own sin. The path to freedom begins in our own walk and with repentance of our own sins.

Reflect:

  • Do you talk more about what other people are doing than your own sins? Ask God to reveal sins you may be blind to.
  • Restoration begins when we walk with God. Is there a sin you need to confess and repent of, in order to break the bondage of guilt and regret?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

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