Where have I been?
It’s Labor Day and I’m up early reading my Bible and watching the morning news. And I just noticed that there is no Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Continue reading
Have you ever made a bad decision that you wish you could undo?
If only you could turn back the hands of time and do it all different.
But you can’t. You have to live with what was done and perhaps try to make it right, though there may never be a way to do that.
The Bible gives an example of someone that made a bad decision.
Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. Heb 12:16
Esau thought he was going to starve. He wasn’t. You’d be surprised how long you can go without food, especially if you seek God. That’s called a fast.
The day came when Esau wanted everything to be alright. It did not happen.
For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. Heb 12:17
Some mistakes and decisions can’t be undone.
Even forgiveness cannot change it all. For instance, you may forgive a drunk driver that killed someone but it won’t bring that person back.
But it may just save and change the drunk driver.
In the end it all depends on trusting God, having faith, and loving others.
Abba, I have made mistakes and bad decisions. But one of them was not in accepting Jesus as my Savior. My life has been complete since that time. YES&AMEN
Today’s devo comes to you from Daniel Springs church camp in Gary, Texas.
When something goes wrong and you get the blame, don’t you feel like running away or crawling into a hole and pulling the dirt over the top of you?
There are many times I’d like to run away and hide.
Gen 16:6 And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.
Perhaps Sarai thought this would get rid of her mistake if she caused Hagar to run away. So she was very mean to her.
Hagar ran away, taking Ishmael with her. Now Sarai doesn’t have to look at them. The boy is not around for Abram to be a father to, and the problem is solved.
But God found Hagar and sent her back!
You cannot run away and hide from your problems or from God. You cannot run away from sin.
In Eden, Adam ate from the forbidden tree. He then tried to hide from God. It didn’t work.
Confession is the only remedy for sin.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Abba, I have made many mistakes in my life. You sent Your Son to pay for my mistakes. I confess them and You have cleansed and forgiven me, in Jesus name, YES&AMEN
The problem with mistakes is you do not know the entire consequence of what will happen.
You and I don’t have the Godly foresight to see what the future of a single action can do.
Gen 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”
Though Sarai’s intention was to give herself a child, the result of her action gave her a wild man, who would be against every man and every man’s hand against him. (Gen 16:12)
You will often lose sight of the future in a moment of sin. Sin is able to camouflage the consequences. Sin will also torment future generations.
In the case of Abram and Sarai, when they had a child of their own (Isaac) the son of Hagar (Ishmael) made fun of him and harassed him.
I believe in generational curses.
The lifestyle you set up and live today will affect your children. From there it will affect your grandchildren; and on and on.
You can turn the tide by proclaiming Jesus as Lord of yourself and your entire household.
Don’t let a single mistake ruin your future. Look to God in Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Have you ever made a mistake?
Of course you have; many you couldn’t undo or change.
Don’t feel alone. The Bible is full of men and women that made mistakes – some minor and some really major.
In the case of Abram and Sarai, they had no children but a promise from God that their descendants would be like the stars of the heavens.
But maybe they figured their problem was bigger than their God. So she took matters into her own hands.
Gen 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.
If God is restraining you it’s either because He doesn’t want you to have it or it isn’t the right timing for it.
In this case it is the latter, this wasn’t the right time for Abram and Sarai to have a child. That day is coming but it is not today.
God’s delay is not a weakness. Patience in waiting on God is a virtue that you can ill-afford to tamper with.
God’s promises don’t need your help. God has been running the universe just fine without you winding up the mechanism. Let Him do what He does best.
God’s plans will be fulfilled. Every promise made will come to pass. If the Bible says it, you can believe it will happen.
Never believe your problems are bigger than God can handle. If you think you can do a better job than God then your ego may be bigger than God can handle!
Abba Father, help e leave the ego behind, wait, and depend on You! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN