Mistake Free At Last
What kind of mistakes do we make? Do we make mistakes because of impatience? Do we make mistakes because of ignorance? Do we make mistakes because of lack of ability? Do we make mistakes because of laziness? Do we make mistakes because of neglect? Do we make mistakes because of shortsightedness? Do we make mistakes because of misinformation?
Do we make mistakes because of weakness? Do we make mistakes because of anger? Do we make mistakes because of poor values? Do we make mistakes because of apathy? Do we make mistakes because of not caring? Do we make mistakes because of favoritism? Do we make mistakes because of bad advice? Do we seek advice to avoid mistakes? Do we heed good advice? Do we make mistakes because of unpreparedness? Do we make more than one mistake at a time?
Do we repeat mistakes? Do we learn from mistakes? Do we learn from the mistakes of others? Do we regret mistakes? Do mistakes change us? Do mistakes harm us? Do mistakes harm others? Do our mistakes destroy our self-confidence? Do our mistakes give us a low opinion of ourselves? Do we regret our small mistakes too much? Do we regret our big mistakes too little? Do we have the right perspective about mistakes? What are we doing to prevent mistakes? Do our mistakes ever lead to a good result? Are we too tolerant of our own mistakes? Are we too intolerant of the mistakes of others? Are we always able to undo our mistakes? Are we always able to overcome our mistakes?
Does God know about our mistakes? Is He able to prevent our making mistakes? Do we consider the same things to be mistakes that God considers to be mistakes? Does He know better than we do? Is He able to turn our mistakes to good? Has God ever made a mistake? Do our mistakes destroy our faith in ourselves? Is having faith in ourselves a bad thing? Does God*s perfection create faith in Him? What are the biggest mistakes we can make?
God makes no mistakes!
The mistakes that we make because of our humanness are very important. But may I suggest that the mistakes we make because of our humanness are least important. The mistakes we make because of our unspirituality are more important. The mistakes we make about God are the most important.
We are to have no confidence in ourselves, our flesh.
Philippians 3:3: For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Worshipping God and trusting in ourselves at the same time are impossible. Rejoicing in Christ Jesus and trusting in ourselves at the same time are impossible. If we are trusting in ourselves our worship of God is not total or genuine. If we are trusting in ourselves our rejoicing in Christ Jesus is unsatisfying to us and unacceptable to Him.
Matthew 22:29: Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Two keys to cutting back on the most important mistakes: Knowing the scriptures and knowing the power of God.
2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Approved unto God speaks about a person who makes few spiritual mistakes. We are often ashamed of our mistakes. Someone who needeth not to be ashamed is someone who makes few of the most important mistakes.
One aspect of God*s power is His power to change us. It is unwise to trust in ourselves but it is eminently wise to trust that God has power to change us and to keep us from the most important mistakes.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Galatians 6:15: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Knowing the power of God helps one to trust God. Knowing the power of God automatically teaches us of our own weakness. Truly knowing the power of God destroys our confidence in ourselves.
Ceasing to trust in ourselves is a difficult battle. Our flesh wants to trust in itself and to be trusted. It wants to be worshipped. I have heard entertainers speak of the feeling they get when they perform and are applauded. Some have said that they live for that. It is the highlight of their life. I have been applauded and admired for things I have done. We need to fear that kind of applause and admiration. It can lead to self-applause and admiration. It can prevent us from knowing our need for God. Our mistakes are more helpful in having the right attitude toward ourselves and toward God than the good things we do. The approval of God is the most wonderful approval.
Galatians 1:10: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
God does not need us to be His servants. But we need to be His servants. God does not need us to believe in Him. But we need to believe in Him. The approval of God is most wonderful from two sides. Our approval of Him and our approval by Him. We can never be approved by Him if we don*t approve of Him. The more we approve of ourselves the less we will be approved by Him. God approves of Himself. God believes in Himself. God is right to do those things. God deserves to be believed in.
2 Timothy 2:13: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Jesus demonstrated his power over the physical world so we would believe in his spiritual power.
Luke 5:24: But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
The power of Christ to forgive sins is the most important power Christ has exhibited to men and ought to be more impressive to us than any of His other powers which are immense.
As we look at God*s power we ought to be aware of one power that He does not have. He does not have the power to make a mistake. That power is not in Him. When we do God*s will it will never be a mistake.
It is incredible that another of God*s powers is to make you and me who have trusted Christ perfect. He has power to make us into beings that will never make any kind of mistake.
Hebrews 13:20-21: Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Hebrews 10:14: For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
2 Timothy 3:16-17: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
He has power to make us perfect spiritually in this world in spite of our fleshly failings. And He promises to exercise His power to totally eliminate all of our fleshly failings when He takes us to heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.