Getting Right with God

Sometimes, often even, we make mistakes, we screw up and we sin. Sometimes wise people do foolish things, smart people do dumb things and sometimes godly people to sinful things. No matter what it was, the one thing we all have in common is that we have all made mistakes.

There comes a point in our lives where we wonder, after pulling away and running our lives all these years that we realize our lives are in a state of total shambles as a result of believing that our own intelligence and abilities are enough. When we realize we need to hand the control of our lives back to the Lord.

We need to trust that God’s ultimate outcome is good.

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

To stop the cycle of wondering, dismay and hopelessness that comes from wondering how we will ever get right with God, what we need to remember is this: We are right with God. Jesus will never stop wrapping us in His robe of righteousness. Out right standing with God is beyond our sins.

Romans 3:23 ~ For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Psalm 30:5 ~ For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

In Psalm 51, we learn of and from Davin how to get right with God after doing something foolish, dumb and sinful.

Step 1 – Come clean with God. Get honest. Sometimes we are afraid for our reputations, or being condemned publicly. This is pride. The peace that comes from airing out the wounds we carry, the shame, is worth it.

Step 2 – Ask for forgiveness. Ask to be washed, cleansed and forgiven.

Psalm 51:1-3 ~ Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Step 3 – Take responsibility for the sin we have committed. We need to own our mistake and the consequences.

Psalm 51:4-6 ~ Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Step 4 – Accept God’s forgiveness. We need to believe we are forgiven, accepted and loved unconditionally.

Psalm 51:7-8 ~ Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Step 5 – Ask God to refresh the grace He has placed in our hearts.

Psalm 51:10-12 ~ Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Step 6 – Use past mistakes as part of our discipleship. Witness to God’s grace and testify to His unfailing love.

Psalm 51:12-15 ~ Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Step 7 – Pray for limited fallout touching others. Our sins rarely if ever affect just us. But we can pray that in His grace, God will minimize the damage our sins might have on those around us.

The truth is, no matter how bad we’ve messed up, no matter how many bad or evil sins we’ve committed, God will always take us back and we can start all over again. Not only is our God the God of big miracles, but He is also the God of second and third chances. He doesn’t give up on us. He wants to restore us and set us on the path of His perfect will. It is never too late to start over again with the Lord.

Psalm 30:5 ~ For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

James 1:2-4 ~  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Luke 15:7 ~ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

2 Corinthians 12:10 ~ That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Romans 5:1-2 ~ Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 3:22-26 ~ This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

God created the entire world in 6 days. He has no problem at all being able to clean up our lives and giving us a brand new fresh start. The Bible tells us that nothing is impossible for God, no matter how dire or how hopeless they may seem to us. All we must do is believe that God can and will do this and then reach out to Him and ask Him to take us back, right as we are right now.

When we do this, God reaches out and takes us into the palm of His hand and brings us up and out of our broken and defeated lives and gives us a new life in Him.

We are not a lost cause.

Luke 15:11-32 ~  Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.  “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.  But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’  “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”

The blood of Jesus Christ covers every single sin we have ever committed against the Lord.

Hebrews 4:16 ~ Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Matthew 11:28 ~ “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

1 John 2:1 ~ My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 1:9 ~ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 ~ Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Isaiah 1:18 ~  “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ~ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Psalm 103:9-12 ~ He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Ephesians 1:7 ~ In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

God the Father and Jesus Christ are endlessly loving and merciful. When we feel too far away from God and when it feels that He could never take us back, we need to remember along with all of the forgiveness He offers us, He also offers us each His love and mercy.

Joel 2:13 ~ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Psalm 100:5 ~ For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Have you ever feared returning to the Lord? Never fear that, for He is the Good Shepherd and will welcome you back. Nothing surprises God. He already knows everything, from the beginning. And He still loves us and waits for our return when we fall away from His path.

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