by Dave Gustavsen

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Leaders Who Last (2 of 2)
Series: (Dis)Qualified
Dave Gustavsen
2 Samuel 12:1-14

We're taking two weeks to talk about how leaders can self-destruct and disqualify themselves. So last week we talked about Leaders Who Crash, and today we're going to turn toward the positive and talk about Leaders Who Last. So just a quick review: historically, people have noticed that leaders tend to get dragged down by abusing money, sex and power. And there's a well-known biblical example of this in the life of King David.

So David-even though he was a very successful, and by many measures a very godly king-chose to use his power for selfish purposes. He saw an attractive married woman named Bathsheba, he commanded her to come to his palace and sleep with him, and he thought that would be the end of it. But then he found out Bathsheba was pregnant, so he arranged to have her husband sent home from battle so he would go and sleep with his wife and everyone would assume the baby was his. But the guy had too much character to go be with his wife while his fellow soldiers were at war; so David arranged for this man to be placed in a vulnerable place on the battlefield, and he was killed. And then David marred Bathsheba; she had the baby; and from the outside David looked like a hero…but the chapter ends with those ominous words: ''But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.''

So the mighty King David-the ''Man after God's Own Heart''-was disqualified by abusing power and sex. And all of us can think of multiple examples, right? Leaders who started out well, but got dragged down by money, sex, power, or maybe alcohol or drug abuse. But here's the thing: all of those things are symptoms. They're all on the surface. So the real question is: what are the deeper issues that lead to the abuse of money, sex, power or alcohol?

And from looking at David's life, we identified three major character flaws. First, his pride. He had an elevated view of his own importance. H ...

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