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Yesterday, at request of the senior pastor, I shared the word during the first service. After much thought and consultation with Holy Spirit during the course of the week, I was led to speak about mistakes. I used the Fall of Samson (one of the judges of Israel) as my case study. A lot was revealed, so I decided to share my notes via this medium because I feel it could reach and help more people. A lot of times, people don’t know how to bounce back after a mistake. Some people feel their mistake is “unforgivable”, “the end of the world”, “has no way out”, but there is absolutely nothing God cannot forgive or save you from.; nothing you cannot come back from by His grace.

Please read and be blessed.

Judges 16:17 AMP
Then [finally] he told her everything that was in his heart and said to her, “A razor has never been used on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any [other] man.”

What is a mistake?
A temporary lapse in judgement.
An error or blunder in action, calculation, judgement, opinion, or statement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, ignorance or insufficient knowledge.

A mistake can be made knowingly or in ignorance.
A mistake can be a one-time occurrence or habitual.

Humans are prone to error; that is, we make mistakes, and Christians are not immune.
We are imperfect beings striving towards perfection every day through the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit, so don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake.

Too often the disappointment in yourself, disappointment to others, and shame prevent you from dealing with the situation. Yes, you made a mistake, you messed up; and your friends are disappointed, your wife/husband is heartbroken, your family is disgraced…that’s unavoidable as the deed has been done, and those are some of the consequences of your action(s) as people try to deal with it.

However, don’t let that bring you down. People may [and some will] treat you differently, but God never will.
The woman caught in adultery was berated, but John 8:7 AMP says “However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”, and that was that. God doesn’t condemn us for making mistakes; He doesn’t berate us.

You’re not defined by your mistakes, but what comes next is what matters; and you have two choices – Wallow in it or Fix it.

Wallow In It
This is indulging in an unrestrained way.
Like some people say, “Why bother? I’m already going to hell anyway”.
Wallowing is the worst decision because it comes from a place of self-pity, self-rejection, self-hate, and shame.
Wallowing leads to depression, loss of conscience, loss of morality, and deeper indulgence in sin.

The devil has a way of making you feel like you’re not worthy, so the “best” decision is to hide from/withdraw from our Father like Adam and Eve did when they discovered they were naked and hide from God. The devil wants you to isolate yourself, so he can destroy you. But, like the prodigal son discovered, mistakes should never make us feel our Father has rejected us. At first, shame didn’t let him go back, so low do he go? He ended up a degenerate – eating with pigs. Only to receive the shock of his life when he decided to repent and go back home. It should never cross your mind that our Father won’t receive us with open arms. You may be punished, but you will be forgiven. Ask Jonah.

Fix It
This is taking responsibility for your actions and finding a way to rectify the mistake or ease the pain caused.
It starts with coming back home, like the prodigal son did. Don’t go further and further away.

You can come back stronger; like Samson did.
Judges 16:28‭-‬30 AMP
Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God , please remember me and please strengthen me just this one time, O God, and let me take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Samson took hold of the two middle [support] pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he stretched out with all his might [collapsing the support pillars], and the house fell on the Lords and on all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.

Yes, with the revelation of the blunder, there may be anger, disappointment, disgrace, hurt and shame from men, but God is not man. God will not reject you and it’s His opinion that matters the most.

Hebrews 4:16 AMP
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

Samson, rather than feel sorry for himself, decided to fix it. He made a mistake, owned up to it, repented, obtained mercy, and finished strong.

A mistake isn’t the end of the world; you can come back, and by God’s grace, finish strong.

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