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2.  Start Practicing the 5 "A's" of Moral Strength


#1 -- A________ That You Are Weak Without God

"But Moses said to God, 'Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'"   Exodus 3:11


#2 -- A________ God's Power and Presence

"God said to me, '…where there is weakness, My power is shown  

more completely.' Therefore I have cheerfully made up my mind to

be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper

experience of Christ's power…For my very weakness makes me

strong in Him!"    2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (Phillips)


#3 -- A_________ Yourself With God's Will

"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl." 

Job 31:1


#4 -- A________ God For the Power You Need

         "…The LORD is the everlasting God…He will not grow tired or

weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives

strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." 

Isaiah 40:28-31


#5 -- A_______ Out of Obedience to God Even If You Don't "Feel" Like It

            "Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan

and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream

stopped flowing …"  Joshua 3:15-16








Recovering From

Moral Failure

 Ken DaltonNovember 12, 2003




Important Terms:

Ethics are your _____________ beliefs and values. This is what you say you believe.

Morals are your ways of living your life. This is what you actually ______.

Integrity is when your ethics are ___________by your morals – when what you say you believe is matched by how you choose to live your life.

The Status of Our Culture

Ø       72% of us believe there is no ______________ truth.

Ø       61% of us believe that the primary purpose in life is ____________ and personal fulfillment.

Ø       1 out of 2 of us believe that to get by in life you have to _________ the rules for your own benefit.

Ø       1 in 3 of us believe it is almost impossible to live a _________ life these days.

What to Do When You Are Facing Moral Decisions:

Ask 4 Questions

·   Does the Bible speak specifically on the issue?

·   Is there is no specific teaching, is there a Biblical principle to be applied?

·   Is there a Biblical virtue at stake here? Would I be violating the character of God with my action?

·   Is the behavior I am considering something I would be pleased for my spouse, child, or parent to engage in?

The Awful Consequences & Judgment on David's Life

(2 Samuel)

·   Family _______________ & Disloyalty (16:10)

·   _______________ committed against David (16:21-22)

·   ___________ of a child (22:15,18)

·   ____________ of a daughter by a son (13:2-15)

·   A son ____________ another son (13:20-22)

·   A son _______________ a brother (13:28-30)

·   Absalom leads a _________________

·   Absalom _____________

(Galatians 6:7-8 TLB)  "Don't be misled; remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! {8} If he sows to please his own wrong desires, he will be planting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death; but if he plants the good things of the Spirit, he will reap the everlasting life that the Holy Spirit gives him."


·      How does forgiveness fit in with what is taught in Galatians 6:7-8?

·      Does grace mean that God will take away all evidence of and consequences of our forgiven sin?

·      Grace means God, in forgiving you …

è  Does not _______ you

è  Give you _____________ to deal with the consequences

è  Frees you to _________ Him


Two Scriptural Directives for Our Problem With Sin


·      1 John 1:9

è  What is the abuse and distortion of this verse?"

·      Romans 6:12-13

è  What do these verses tell us about our problem with sin?


ð      ____________  (6:1-10)

ð      ____________  (6:11)

ð      ____________  (6:12-23)


Know deals with the                      .

Reckon deals with the                      .

Yield deals with the                         .

"You can't heal a wound by saying it's not there!"

Jeremiah 6:14


How Do We Move Past the Failure?


1.  Go to God With Your Sin.


Life Without Reconciliation:    Psalm 32:2-4








What Real Repentance/Cleansing Look Like:   Psalm 51







      [Remember, in sexual sin, there is another person to consider.   Ask the Lord to show you how to seek their forgiveness, as well as His.]


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