1 John 1:9, Beauty For Ashes, Failure, Faithful God, Forgiveness, Hebrews 7:25, Holy Spirit, Isaiah 61:3, Philippians 1:6, Psalm 139:23, Psalm 51, Restoration, Romans 8:26
Bible Ballistics: BBs #508 Failure Isn’t Fatal!!!
“If we confess
he is faithful
to forgive us
and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
As believers in and followers of Jesus, we sometimes think that we have failed our Lord and ruined our ministry, but God says different. Then there are also those times that we are striving diligently to yield to the Spirit’s leading and everything seems to fall apart; but our God clearly tells us that He is ever at work in our lives. While we ought to continually search our hearts for secret sin as well as known sin. And not only does God call us to “confess” our sins (And yes that is plural, for we all fail regularly, and ‘confess’ simply means to agree with God that the sin in our lives, IS sin!), He assures us that when we face our sin and bring it to HIM, that HE will not only forgive us, but He will also “cleanse us from all unrighteousness”! God also knows that we often struggle to know our own hearts—and when we bring that to Him, HE will hear our prayer and reveal any short-coming or sin that we are truly desiring to set aright!
and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be
any wicked way
and lead me
in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23
While the Psalmist knew that God would hear and reveal his own heart in a way that he could keep “short accounts” with his God, for the believers since the cross and the New Covenant of grace and the indwelling Holy Spirit we have that privilege continually as The Spirit is our ever-present intercessor!
“Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not
what we should pray for
as we ought:
but the Spirit itself
which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26
Yet we have even more assurance of our recovery from failure—our Lord, even as the author of Hebrews reminds us of HIM!
“Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth
to make intercession
for them.” Hebrews 7:25
Our Great High Priest, Jesus, is ever interceding for us and assures us of His faithful provision, grace and cleansing forgiveness!
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
Our faithful God is working continually so that we will be “conformed to the image of His Son”! (See Romans 8:28-29) And time and space would fail us to mention those precious saints of old who failed and were restored to their Lord’s service—and so can we be, when we but recognize our sin, turn back to seek HIS face and receive His forgiveness and cleansing. David says it better than I can!
“Have mercy upon me, O God,
according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude
of thy tender mercies
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly
from mine iniquity,
and cleanse me from
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions:
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only,
have I sinned,
and done this evil in thy sight:
that thou mightest be justified
when thou speakest,
and be clear when thou judgest…..
7 Purge me with hyssop,
and I shall be clean:
and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness;
that the bones which thou hast broken
9 Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit
11 Cast me not away
from thy presence;
and take not thy holy spirit
12 Restore unto me
the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me
with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Portions of Psalm 51
God is in the restoration business—He takes ‘cracked pots’ like me and will restore us to become “vessels of honor”, and will so graciously and lovingly give unto us “beauty for ashes”!
So my dear friend, wherever you are—wherever you have been—if you will but seek His face and His heart, HE will meet you and take your ‘failure’ and “ashes” and give you “beauty” in exchange! Don’t despair or give up—but look UP to the One who loves you and has never said “oops”, He can restore you! He is waiting—run to HIM!
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
to give unto them beauty
the oil of joy
the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD,
that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3