Nov25FriNovember 25, 2016
Mistakes and Swing Bikes!
One of the things we have been teaching on at the Manor is “Not Wasting Our Mistakes!’ I had fun the other week riding my Swing Bike in the Manor. I bought that bike back in 1981 along with my brother Edwin, who got an orange one. Those bikes raised our “coolness” factor for sure. However, I failed a lot in the process of figuring this bike out, but I was so glad I stuck with it. Pop a wheelies and back wheels circles got me to the place where I was the toast of McKenzie-Smith Middle School back in the day!
Now, here’s what we need to absolutely know about mistakes. The enemy wants to condemn you for your mistakes; our heavenly Dad wants to convict us through the Holy Spirit.
What’s the difference?
Condemnation is all about feeling judged, feeling guilty, feeling like you will always be the way you are…past performance determines future behavior and messages like that. Condemnation also says “I will always be stuck, I will never get out of this pit. (notice the absolutes?) I am a failure, a repeat offender, I will never change. Condemnation is always being reminded of past failures and how you will never measure up, never be good enough…you suck!
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1,2
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment. John 16:8
Conviction is the Holy Spirit showing you where you’ve gone and enabling you to where you need to be. Conviction corrects the failure and reminds you that God’s grace is available every moment of every day.
You don’t have to let your past define you. God does not hold your past against you. It is forgiven in Jesus’ name. You don’t have to perpetuate negative behaviors or cycles of sin in your family. These patterns can be broken, the chains of generational ties can stop with you!
One of my favorite verses in dealing with the past and moving forward is in Philippians 3
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Joyce Meyers makes this so practical when she writes:
Just because your coworkers are all gossiping about a certain situation doesn’t mean you have to fall into the same trap. Say: “Lord, I see how they talk and I also notice they are never joyful. I’m going to learn from that and refuse to participate. With Your help, I’m going to resist that temptation.”
Just because your friends spend their days stressed out and worried about their lives doesn’t mean that you have to do the same thing. Say: “ Lord, I see the damage that stress and worry can bring. I know Your presence brings peace and joy. With Your help, I refuse to live worried and stressed about situations beyond my control.”