Summary: The Bible has countless stories of men and women that made mistakes just like us. Some of them are the same mistakes we continue to make right now.
Have you ever thought about all the sin in the world and wondered how you could survive in so much temptation?
Let’s take that a bit further. Let’s examine our transgressions. AMEN
• Have you ever done something in your life and you regretted it the moment you did?
• Have you ever let sin creep in and seduce you to rationalizing something that would hurt a friend or loved one?
• Have you ever gone down that dark path of doing something illegal even though you knew it was wrong?
• Have you ever lied to get something you thought you wanted?
• Have you ever taken something that wasn’t yours and told yourself that somehow you deserved it?
• Have you hid a dark secret that could have prevented others from being hurt?
• Have you ever ignored the warnings of your parents or friends and hung out or did what they said you shouldn't do?
• Have you ever let peer pressure lead you down a winding road of destruction?
• Have you ever taken advantage of someone because of their love, or situation, or good heart, for your gain, and convinced yourself that you were more justified than their loss?
• Have you ever watched a friend commit adultery and, because you were afraid of losing that person as a friend, you said nothing?
• Have you ever tried to make things right?
• Have you ever asked for forgiveness of those transgressions?
• Have you, have you ever?
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Brothers and sisters, the Bible has countless stories of men and women that made mistakes just like us. Some of them are the same mistakes we continue to make right now. AMEN
Just like us, they couldn’t take those wrongs back. The cycle of events that took place afterwards, were partly because they may have stood silent, or manipulated events though greed or vain glory, or whatever reason. Then they somehow self-justified their wrongdoing, only to have to face the realization of needed forgiveness. Those men and women, and we here today, play a part in our future. AMEN
If you really think about it, the signs of our past wrongs, our past transgressions, are all around us. They’re on the television, in the movies, on the internet, in the classrooms, at parties, at social events, and even in the church. AMEN
They’re in how we speak, how we dress, how we treat one another, how we love, how we work, and how we study God’s word? AMEN AMEN
Just like us, those men and women, who were only human, couldn’t take back the wrong that they “helped” happen or “let” happen. They could only ask God for forgiveness and learn from their mistakes.
Psalms 86:5 states: For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
My message today is “There’s no do-over in life”
Brothers and sisters, while you, can’t take it back, as “kids might say”, but you can ask for forgiveness and move towards righteousness. AMEN
So how do we learn, we learn from books written, lessons taught, and the book that has the greatest stories ever told, and the most powerful movies ever written. We can and should learn from others that made those mistakes in the past. We don’t have to repeat them.
Today I’ll discuss a few mistakes that were made by a good men in the bible days. These mistakes were visualized and told for your edification. They were written so that we, as God’s children would learn from their mistakes. AMEN
Let’s first look a Moses. Yeah Moses.
God felt pity for his children. He saw just how they were being oppressed by the Egyptians.
Exodus 3:9, God tell Moses: Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
He told Moses, that he would be the one that would liberate the children of Israel out of the turmoil of Egyption bondage.
Exodus 3:10, God said, “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
God confronted Moses with a call, but Moses made the mistake of disbelief.
Exodus 3:11 states: And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Most of us have done the same thing in so many ways. We hesitate and doubt and don’t believe that we could make a difference.