March 20, 2022
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It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him.
For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Do you know that feeling when you realize you’ve made a mistake, especially a costly mistake? Have you experienced that stressful churning in the pit of your stomach because you understand that your mistakes and/or your faults led to a poor outcome, and you can’t go back in time? Have you set up dreaming what life could or would be like if you could just get a do over? Perhaps you didn’t listen to God when He told you to do something or not to do something, or thought You heard Him tell you to do something or not to do something. Perhaps you listened to other people who steered you wrong, even if their intentions were good, they steered you wrong. Even though your intentions may have been good, the outcome of your decision resulted in a bad outcome. And perhaps this happened repeatedly.
We’re all human and because of the fall of man, we all have sinned. We all have erred. We all have faults, and we all do and will make mistakes. Even if you have committed your life to the Lord, we still have faults or weaknesses, and we still make mistakes, meaning a judgement or action that’s wrong or turns out to be wrong. There’s a famous quote that you can’t make the same mistake twice, because the second time you make a mistake, you’re not really making a mistake, you’re making a choice. Well, there will always be people on opposite sides of that coin, because as long as a person is not forced, every mistake is a choice, and choices can lead to mistakes. Only God can truly foresee the outcome of our choices. But making the same mistake, or having the same faults, or committing the same sin(s) repeatedly is being led by the flesh and not the Spirit.
However, one thing is for sure, when you commit your life to the Lord, when you’re repentant, seek to do better, have humility in your heart, and lay your mistakes, faults, or sins before the Lord, He will cover them all, leaving no remnants of destruction behind. Poor choices, which result in mistakes, faults which stunt your growth, and deliberate choices to sin negatively impact your life. They can bring guilt, depression, and low self-esteem. Even one mistake, can have long- standing and devastating consequences. But thank God that your mistakes, faults, and/or sins don’t define you, but instead God can use them to refine you.
With a repentant heart, one that brings about a change in your actions, God can use your sins, your faults, and yes, your mistakes to grow You, change you, and make you brand new. He can use them to help you lift up His holy name. He can use them to make you a vessel for His good, because we know that Romans 8:28 says all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.
God’s mercies are new every morning and with that comes new forgiveness, new opportunities to right that which was wrong, to get a do over, and to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord. So don’t sit and wallow in your mistakes, faults, or sins. Lay them before the Lord and leave them there, because God’s mercy, His love, His forgiveness, and His grace covers them all.
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord that You are such a merciful, loving, forgiving, and gracious God. Lord Your mercies are new every morning and Your lovingkindness has no limits. Lord, we come to You repentant, vulnerable, honest, and transparent about the mistakes we’ve made, about our faults, and any sin. Lord, we recognize that these things can prevent us from being all that we can and should be and having all that we can and should have in and through You. Lord, we ask for strength through the Holy Spirit to live a life that’s pleasing to You in everything that we do. We ask for increased attunement to hear You better, we ask for better spiritual vision, we ask for more discernment, and we ask for more self-control to walk in the Spirit and not be controlled by the flesh. Father God, humbly we lay our mistakes, faults, and sins at Your feet and leave them there, because we know that You Lord, cover them all. We give You all the glory, praise, and honor.
In Jesus mighty name we pray,
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