Making a Success of Life Mistakes

“Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.” 1Chronicles 22:9

Did Solomon deserve to be King of Israel? After all, his mother Bathsheba came into the palace through the back door following an illicit relationship between her and King David.

King David chose to stay back at home when Kings normally led their armies to war (2Sam. 11:1). This was the beginning. While on the roof top King David spotted a pretty woman having her bath. Two issues: King David had probably become less concerned about state affairs. This explains why he chose to stay back at home instead of leading his army to war. He had also started compromising spiritually. What did he do the moment he spotted the naked woman? He kept his eyes on her, in fact lusted after her, then inquired about her and thereafter, committed a terrible sin—had a sexual relationship—adultery with Bathsheba the wife of Uriah the Hittite who was at the war front, where King David was supposed to be. While Uriah was fighting the battle of his life for Israel, which David was King, David was busy at home having some time with his wife! What a shame!

After about a month or two Bathsheba realised she was pregnant for the King. She promptly informed the King who arranged and got faithful Uriah killed at the battle front after several attempts by the King to make Uriah seemingly responsible for Bathsheba’s pregnancy.

Following Uriah’s death and the mourning period, King David took Bathsheba in as a wife. You know too well that the seed of that relationship died as the LORD was displeased with the King (2Sam. 11:27; 2Sam. 12:10 – 14).

However, following a message from the LORD through the mouth of Prophet Nathan regarding his actions and God’s stern position, King David repented (2Sam. 12: 15 – 23.) Thereafter, they had yet another son and called his name Solomon—God is peace. “…And the LORD love him.” (2Sam. 12: 24 -25.) Solomon was also called Jedidiah.

Solomon was loved by God and, of course, by his father. We admit that David committed a blunder through his adulterous act with Bathsheba, murdered Uriah, then, possessed his wife (Exo. 20: 13 – 17; Deut. 17:17), and this caused him 25years of hardship as King. Nonetheless, he soon found one whom God Himself had approved of in Solomon whose mother came in through the back door and was his tenth son eventually become King himself—a perfect replacement.

Did God rule out Solomon as King because of the grievous errors of his father? It was through this same Solomon, tenth in line to the throne (if order was to be followed) whom many may not have regarded because of the numerous mistakes of life surrounding him that God ordained as King over His people ahead of others and used to build a house unto His name (1Chron. 22: 9 – 10.)

What are your life mistakes, which you feel cannot be corrected? Why condemn yourself for life when God Himself has not condemned you? (Rom. 8: 34-35.) Have you not heard that God can make a whole bundle of blessings out of your sins if you repent and turn trials, sufferings and afflictions around for your good? (Rom. 8:28; Jer. 29:11)

God has good thoughts towards His children. Many times we give up on God and feel condemned for life because of weaknesses and sins in our lives. The good news is; God does not give up on His children. All we need do like David is to recognise our sins and repent of them immediately while trusting the Holy Spirit to strengthen us.

You may be in this situation today; do not give up yet as God has good plans for you. Go to Him in prayers asking for His forgiveness and watch Him turn those errors in your life into success.

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Keeping the Bargain.

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.” Psalm 101:3
There is no better way to make a commitment to God other than this. We are bombarded daily with the media, which feature all manner of programmes with the capacity to entice the man whose heart is for the LORD into doing what is contrary.

Societies world over make one believe that except you do that which everyone else is doing, and which in most cases is sin in the sight of the LORD, then you are abnormal. So our societies today have made sin a way of life; sin is no longer regarded as sin, but something one should do. Kids are thought sex by careful scripting of TV programmes meant for them. Cartoons have all of a sudden become a theatre of violence. Little wonder, Children that should act or be children behave more like adults because of the expose they get.

Our societies have so much reinforced negative behaviour to the point where it has become difficult to uphold or confess faith in Jesus for fear of being stigmatised. In order to survive the pressure many have compromised their faith. What would you do if you have a boss who insists you must compromise product standards for the organisation to gain more or be involved in a relationship with him or her to gain promotion?

Against this backdrop, David made this promise: “I will not put anything wicked in front of my eyes. I hate what unfaithful people do. I want no part of it.” (GOD’s WORD.) This should be the position of everyone who loves, fears and mentions the name of the LORD. All those who love Him must make this promise to have no part in what is evil no matter the pressure. All of us who mention the name of the LORD must depart from iniquity and its appearances in whatever form.

See what he said again in Psalm 97:10: “You who are lovers of the Lord, be haters of evil; he keeps the souls of his saints; he takes them out of the hand of sinners.” (BBE.) No one can love the LORD and evil at the same time. It’s either you love one and hate the other. Therefore, all who love the LORD should have no affection for evil no matter the enticement or harrassment. As God has said, He will protect you from any harm only if you will keep your own part of the bargain.

God’s love hug.

”But He, being full of compassion forgave their iniquity, And did not destroyed them not: yea, many time turned his anger, and did not stir up all his wrath.” Psalm 78:38

Again Israel sinned against God. This seemed to be their lifestyle; that of sin and may I say deliberate sin even in the presence of God’s manifest love. But as we see in that same verse, God withheld His anger. Rather than destroy them, He forgave.

Many times we behave just like the Jews of old. There is just no one who can say he has not experienced God’s love in one way or the other, yet we hurt God through some sinful habits. Some of us may have cried and even felt condemned as though God has forsaken us.

The good news is as we recognise our sins and go to Him for forgiveness, God by His nature forgives. ”There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Rom. 8) God who did not spare His Son but sacrificed Him for you cannot turn around and condemn you. It is the devil who condemns, not God.

Truly you may have been battling with an area of sin in your, but you may have been doing it by the strength of the flesh and by the flesh shall no man prevail. God knows you are weak, thus, He has given us a Helper (Comforter) in the person of the Holy Spirit who shall strenghten us even in our weakest points. Why not go to Him (the Holy Spirit) to help you this very hour. His arms are wide open to receive you because He has been waiting just to welcome you into His warm embrace.

Wipe those tears and go to Him and all those habits or shortcomings shall be a thing of the past.

God bless you.