When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
You just made a poor life choice, you messed up again, you made a mistake, and you sinned. You feel remorse, you feel bad, you feel guilty, why did this happen again? These feelings are the grieving of the Holy Spirit within you that Jesus gave up in the above verse. The next thing that happens is the negative thoughts, you idiot, I can’t believe you did that again, you jerk and other choice words we use against ourselves. That is the attack of the enemy, and the accusations he throws at us. The negative thoughts we have are not what God is thinking. I think many of us believe that God gets angry and disappointed when we make a mistake and sin. That is far from the truth, He remembers it no more. His love is covered in the finished work that was done on the cross. When we have negative thoughts about ourselves, we have a tendency to slow our forward momentum in our Christian walk. There is nothing that makes the enemy happy than to see us stuck in the mud of our own making. Especially when it’s a root of sin or a stronghold that is on our lives.
It’s amazing that when we are a new creature in Christ how these thorn in the sides seem to cling to us like static electric clothes. The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the side that he had asked removed, but God did not allow it. It may have been a root of sin. Even the best of us can fall prey to mistakes and sin. It could have been any number of things that plagued Paul. The thing that Paul knew and kept him moving forward was the finished work on the cross. I would not doubt if he allowed the negative thoughts to hit him, but he let them pass by and did not encourage them. When we dwell on what a rotten mess we are, we tend to allow the enemy to either slow us or stop us. Through blood stained glasses that Jesus provided, God sees us as pure. He sees us as He saw Jesus, sinless perfection. God does not get disappointed in our mistakes. He doesn’t punish us for them either. The punishment happened when Jesus hung on the cross.
Here are some thing to remember when you make a mistake and sin.
- God still loves you and is not disappointed in you; as I pointed out above.
- Don’t allow yourself to dwell on the negative thoughts. Think about how you are the head and not the tail. You are the top and not the bottom.
- Let the past be the past and move forward. You did it and there is no taking it back, but God forgives and forgets.
- Confess it to not only God, but also a close brother or sister in Christ. If they love you unconditionally, they won’t condemn you, but pray for you and will be understanding.
- Repent and let it go, the only real way to do this is to do number 4.
- Don’t let shame hold you back from 4. Shame is the biggest weapon the enemy has against us when we make that mistake and sin. We think that our brother or sister might judge us and so we try and not deal with it. We might even pick up a habit to make ourselves feel better, like overeating.
- When Jesus said it is finished, it is finished. It has been paid in full 2000 years ago.
The thing to remember though is that Jesus did not die on the cross to give you a free get out of hell card. He died to give your life a purpose and a meaning, and that is to show His glory and God’s. Jesus wants us to imitate Him and what that looks like is this, we become inspiring people. Our desire should be changed lives for Christ. The only way we do that is if we realize the power of the finished work on the cross. If you make a mistake, if you sin, remember when the negative thoughts come, and they will, that Jesus has overcome this for you and it’s all paid in full.
© [David Howard], [David's Body Temple], 2011-2015.