Broken Escalators: The Five Pillars of Promotion

Chapter 6: Lessons from One of the Most Promoted People in History

In Acts 13:22, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul writes: “And when He had removed him (King Saul), He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after My heart, who will do all my will.’”

David was a man like each of us; a man with an imperfect soul. Had he been born today, his life is one that would undoubtedly have Hollywood gossiping. David’s face would grace every tabloid and magazine cover in America with headings such as: “King Has Affair with Married Woman” and “King’s Plan to Kill His Lover’s Husband Exposed.”

In case you haven’t read the story, while leading an entire nation of people, King David had an affair with a married woman and then tried to cover up it up by having her husband killed. Despite this treacherous mistake, because of his repentant heart, David was not disqualified from His calling. In fact, the Lord used David in many mighty ways despite his failures. Because of his heart attitude, the Lord even attributed this character to him- “a man after My heart, who will do all My will.”

What an honor.

In the many years between being anointed king and becoming king, David learned character that set him apart from his peers; character that helped him get back on track when he veered off course; character that prevented him from becoming proud and rebellious; character that resulted in the fulfillment of his calling.

#1- David obsessed over his own character issues, not the issues of others.

#2- David left vengeance to God.

#3- David regularly considered the possibility that he might be wrong.

#4- David assumed God was working promotions- even through perceived demotions.

#5- David knew that no one gets away with sin.

In this podcast based off chapter six of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” we will look at some of the unique theological convictions that King David possessed which helped him to achieve this place of honor with the Lord and man. Please listen in as Emily Moore helps us to understand these principles and how to apply them to our lives in order to see the promotions God is calling us to.

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