What to Do if You've Really Blown it...


By Kurt Lindgren

Have you ever made a huge mistake? How do you respond? In life, you will make mistakes. Sometimes really big mistakes. Sometimes you’ll even make the same mistake more than once,

The key is to not allow mistakes discourage you or make you give up. God wants you to react in a positive way to those times when you really blow it. So here is a list of some surefire steps to handling your mistakes.

1. ADMIT you had made a mistake. 

  • Don't Panic! Don't run from the problem. 
  • Its important to realize that we are human and we make mistakes. 
  • Honesty is ALWAYS the first step! 
  • Apologize immediately! Be contrite! Don't play the blame game!

2. Get your eyes on God and not your problem.

  • God is always bigger that your problem!
  • Get alone with God, think about Him and what He has done for you. 
  • Read the Bible. Take Isaiah 41:10-13 to heart. 
  • Focusing on God will give you hope in a dark situation! 
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. - E. Peterson 

3. Pray longer, harder, and more sincerely than ever before.

  • Mark 11:24
  • Ask God to help you. Believe God will Help you. Thank God for helping you.
  • Count your blessings and thank God for them. 

4. Get other people to pray for you.

  • Find some prayer warriors who know how to pray! 
  • There is value in volume prayer 
  • Matthew 18:19

Examine yourself / your motives.

  • God won't help until you are ready to be honest and turn to God for His help 
  • To make a change for the better, requires an honest, gut-level, self-evaluation of your life (spiritual / relational). 

5. Praise and Worship God

  • Go to church and worship with others 
  • Find some Christian music and praise / worship God right where you are. 
  • Nothing will touch the heart of God more than if you start to worship and praise Him right in the middle of your problem. 
  • Praise and worship draws our attention away from our problems, no matter how overwhelming they are! 

6. Expect God to help you.

  • Even if you made the biggest mistake on the planet - GOD WILL HELP YOU!!!
    Not because you deserve to be helped, but because God is good and HE DOES does good things! 
  • 1 John 5:4 

7. Wait for God to give you peace about your situation.

  • When you admit your mistakes, pray and WAIT ON GOD, God can give you peace about your problem in your spirit.
  • God can also give you courage to move forward and start off fresh.

In the end, your biggest failure can make you stronger and God always has a way of getting victory through your problem.

Through dark days Gods is always with His children! ____________________________________________________________________
Alternative Titles: What to Do if You've Really Messed Up.., What to Do if You've Really Screwed Up...

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Day Day 12 - Hope Is the Best Gift We Can Give

(Read Romans 15:4 )


What happens when you fill a cup with more water than it can hold? The water quickly rises to the top, overflows, and spills over the side.

The same thing that happens with water in a cup can happen to us when we allow God to fill our life with hope. When we are filled with hope, it overflows, and it spills over into the lives of the people around us.

Romans 15:4 tells us that “everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

God uses the Bible to speak hope in to our life so that we can share it with others. When the promises of God become our focus, hope rises to fill our heart and affect those around us. The very best gift we can give to others who may be lacking hope is to allow what we have been given to overflow into their lives.

Perhaps there is someone you care about who is in a season of lacking hope. They might ready to give up. If so, don’t let the day end without reaching out to that person with this message of hope. If they can’t find hope of their own, allow them to borrow the hope the Lord has given you. It will be the best gift you can give.

Pray:

Jesus, thank You for being my source of hope. I pray that the hope you give me would spill out into the lives of others and that I would continually rely on you during the times of my life when I need hope.

Reflect:

Is there anyone you know that needs hope today? Pray for that person, ask God to encourage them and bring them hope and joy. After you pray reach out with a phone call or a text message of encouragement.
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Hope Is (14 Day Christmas Devotional) We all want to believe something better is in store. And God knows we need more than gifts under the tree to find joy. What we need is hope. Created by NewSpring Church, this devotion will help you discover the power of hope and how it changes our view of everything in our lives. This devotion is available in the youversion app or online at: www.bible.com/reading-plans/1253-hope-is or www.harvestbakersfield.com