We have a God of 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances! We have a Father who loves us SO MUCH that does not remember our faults. It’s so interesting how sometimes, we as believers can criticize ourselves because of something we done recently. We put labels on ourselves saying: “I can’t be used by God”, “I am too dirty”, “I am so lazy, and I can’t be bothered to get up”. It does happen. But do you know that God can even bless you even when you sin? A sermon from Bishop TD Jakes spoke about a powerful message regarding favor. The sermon is called “Favor Aint Fair”. (Please watch at your own convenience). This sermon has taught me that in this life, no matter what position you have, how anointed you are, how messed up you are, how much money you earn, God is not a respecter of man and can bless ANYONE AT ANY TIME!
Yes you heard that this girl did something bad, or that boy was selling drugs, but how about you though? How about what you did the last week? You see, what I am trying to explain is that we are so quick to look at somebody else’s faults, when you have got your own. In reference, Matthew 7 verse 3 says: “Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye?”. Why do we do it, honestly? Can you ask yourself this question. Sometimes unconsciously, we can make these mistakes by focusing too much on somebody else’s faults that we forget that we are in the same position as the other.
I reflect back on the things I did, and say “Oh Lord I wish I did not do it”, but the deed is done. You cannot change what you have done in your past, but you can change your NOW and your TOMORROW! God can give you that promotion you have been praying for at that moment when you are indulging in your sin. He can bless that boy who is selling cocaine to make a living. What you can do however to feel pure again is to confess your sins to the Lord and ask Him for His forgiveness in your life. Do not condemn or compare yourself to others saying “God cannot use me”. If He uses Rahab the harlot in the bible, of course He can use you too! Do not put limits on what God can do. He is still Faithful even in your situations.
Maybe we could sum it up like this:
God has demonstrated His past faithfulness to give us a foundation for our Faith. Now show God your Faith, and He will show you His faithfulness, not because you have earned it, but because you have put yourself in a position to see it. Alternatively:
- Pray big.
- Dream big.
- Take BIG STEPS of Faith.
Because of how you have seen God’s faithfulness in the past, and because you want to see Him show His faithfulness in ways you haven’t seen yet in the future. Just a brief reminder: If you feel like you have done something so bad, do NOT keep it in. Tell somebody you trust about it. Your current mess should not control you, and the only way you can stop it from controlling you, is when you open up. You are not alone. We are all in this together. Remember that Iron sharpens Iron, so in that context, we need to help one another in their mess, as they will return the favour when you need it. You never know what may crop up, so be ready to open up and be a blessing to someone. In fact, expressing your pain or hurt to another person can actually open doors of blessing. You may not realise it now, but you are making that other person realise that you are not any better, so it makes them feel good about themselves that they are on their level of fault, in and turn will not feel condemned.