The first step in making forward progress is to repent, and then try to not repeat the same mistakes again. We come before God acknowledging our sin and accepting His mercy. The Holy Spirit is faithful to lead us forward in the way of righteousness (John 16:13) if we will submit to Him as the conductor of our lives.
The next step is to ask for forgiveness. When we’ve messed up, sometimes we need to ask others to absolve us of our guilt. But often it is harder to extend that same mercy to ourselves. Don’t let the Devil drag you down for something Jesus already conquered.
Finally, we have to just keep going (Philippians 3:13-14). We are all on a journey toward perfection (sanctification) and the Holy Spirit is our maestro.. Yet it is not a destination any of us will reach until our final curtain call in this world.
God knows we aren’t going to get everything right all the time (Romans 3:23). That’s why Jesus had to die. His blood covers every sin we wish we could take back. Our faith ensures we will receive an eternal “do over.” This is the hope we have in our salvation.
When Jesus returns to establish His kingdom, we’ll finally perform perfectly.
Until then, let’s just keep playing our part with our eyes fixed on the cross.
Instead of dwelling on defeat, let’s keep moving forward in hope.
Thank you so much for the Your gift of an eternal “do over” for me. Strengthen my faith to protect me from the attacks of the enemy that say I’m no good. Lead me ever closer to whom You created me to be in Your image, working out all my impurities for Your glory. Amen.
Author: Liz Giertz