Changing Direction

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It’s never too late to change your life for better!

When is it too late to change your life? “Foundations are better built when you hit rock bottom-Tony Silveira”

Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Determination:

The ability of the person to not give up in however hard and repulsive the life gets. It is not always easy or say never easy but the day you decide to give up to change your life is the day, its too late to change it.

We get inspired by determined doers who refused to sit back and let life pass them by.

Things that people do

”At age 57, I opened my own restaurant” “I overcame my fear and lost more than 100 pounds.” “I went vegan for the sake of my health.” “The loss of my wife led me to make a major change.” “I went back to school at 46 to become a psychotherapist” “I left my 20-year corporate career to travel the world.” “I turned in my six-figure salary for a chance to serve God.”

Dealing with sin is a good place to start

1 John 1:8-9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We have hidden sin and visible sin. It’s hard to deal with either one. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” The obvious implication of that sentence is that we have sin to confess – every one of us. Even the apostle John includes himself in the “we.”

God isn’t calling us to a perpetual state of self-condemnation where we moan that “I can never do anything right, miserable worm that I am.” Ongoing confession of sin doesn’t mean we deny the activity and gifts of God in our lives.

Ongoing confession of sin is simply about walking in the light, about admitting where we have gone astray from God’s revealed will, and desiring to be open about that for the purpose of forsaking our sin and growing in godliness.

1 John 1:9 [Contemporary English Version] But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.

Since I was saved I had to deal with many hidden sins and transgressions and I learned that it’s never too late to ask God for forgiveness.

God has bound himself to forgive believers and cleanse us from all sin.

Jeremiah 31:34 I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Notice that verse 9 is a conditional statement. “If we confess our sins … he [will] forgive us our sins.”

It’s like knowing you have a million dollars in the bank, but it’s just knowledge until you actually go to the bank and withdraw 10 K $100 bills. Then you experience the reality of your wealth.

1 John 1:9 says we “confess our sins” not just “confess sin” generally. We can think that just because we’re confessing a category of sin that we’ve made a helpful confession. But until we’ve confessed a real event of sin we haven’t really admitted to our wrongdoing.

God has committed himself to your forgiveness and to your change by his promise and because of the cross of Christ.

Confessing to God and Confessing to others

We know we are to confess our sins to God, but many Christians wonder whether we need to confess to those we have sinned against. Every sin is ultimately committed against God.

As for the confession of our sins to people, the Bible gives no blanket command. We are told many times to confess our sins to the Lord, but the only direct command to confess to someone else is in the context of church elders praying on behalf of the sick

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

We should seek forgiveness from the Lord for every sin. If our relationship with the Lord is right, then our relationships with other people will fall in line. We will treat others graciously.

Our forgiveness with God is not dependent on our confessing our sins to others. But we need to deal with our hidden sins.

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How many times will God forgive?

God Does Not Count the Times we ask for forgiveness or to change the course of our lives.

Peter asked Jesus how many times should he forgive his brother. Peter thought maybe seven times might be a fair limit. But Jesus said “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22).

Of course Jesus didn’t mean literally 490 times, but rather that the number of times are not to be counted.

There is no limit on how many times you may ask forgiveness from God, even for the same repeated sin. This should not, of course, encourage us to keep on sinning. However it should encourage us to keep on repenting.

Psalms 51:1-13 “Have mercy upon me O God, according to your loving kindness, according to the multitude of your tender mercies. Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin”

In the greatness of God’s compassion, there is a “multitude of tender mercies” and no upper limit on the number of times you can approach him for forgiveness! A multitude is a crowd of many individuals. If your life is crowded with sin there is enough Mercy at the cross. Jesus died for all our sins, even if you have a multitude around you.

Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

We have this assurance that God will “remember no more” the sins he has forgiven us.

How much is too much?

Hebrews 10:26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.

Notice the word “deliberately”. If you don’t care about sin you will be lost, but as long as you keep repenting and deal with your sin there is mercy available in Christ. Even if you deal with a sin all your life… eventually God will provide a way that you can escape that sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations. “ (CEV)

Remember: It’s never too late to change your life for better!

With the temptation He will also provide a way of escape.

This makes me think of the paratrooper dropped into enemy territory who needs to make his way back to safety. He has no trap door or tunnels to crawl through; he won’t be rescued by helicopter or beamed to safety. He has to find a way through enemy territory.

In the same way, God has provided, in every situation, a path for you to take. There is always a choice of roads to travel. God’s Word will light the way of escape and show you the path to follow to get you through the situation and out of enemy territory.

A Runaway escape ramp It is typically a long, sand or gravel-filled lane adjacent to a road with a steep grade, and is designed to accommodate large trucks. These semi-paved exits appear in an area of the highway where the altitude drops over the course of the road. Steep descents combined with a road’s winding path can create problems for motorists—especially truck drivers. One of the Highways I used to travel in Lisbon Portugal had many of these side ramps as a safety feature. The gravel and the sand will slow down the vehicle to avoid a crash.

Just as a runaway truck needs an escape route from a highway, we also need “a way of escape” when out-of-control desires threaten our spiritual well-being. When we face temptation, “[God will] make the way of escape.

Only God can provide this safety feature in your life’s journey! Never doubt it and never abandon the way of the Lord or you can find yourself with no brakes and no way of escape.

The best way to escape temptation is to run to God

Conclusion

Don’t be guided by your feelings

The fact is, everyone experiences failure in life. Life is never an unbroken series of victories. We all have setbacks and losses, and sometimes a defeat can seem to overwhelm you. On occasion we bring defeat on ourselves, but more often it is thrust upon us.

We fail because we give up too soon. You see, the trouble with many people is that during trying times they just stop trying.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Dr. Robert Schuller

But most of the time we’d rather listen to our feelings - “Well, I feel that this is the right thing to do, even if the Bible teaches differently.” And the fact is, God’s Word is often the exact opposite of our natural inclinations.

The average prison inmate will give you a thousand excuses for being there: “Really, it wasn’t my fault. I was framed.” We blame the economy, we blame fate. Many people blame their parents, or their spouse, or the government.

But God says, If you start over, just admit your failures. Today is a good day to confess your sin to God and to change direction.

Reader’s Digest said, “The value of the postage stamp is its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there!”

It’s never too late to change your life for better!

How does God take a minus in your life and turn it into a plus? He makes a Cross out of it. You see, God specializes in turning crucifixions into resurrections. And Jesus Christ was nailed to the Cross so that you could have a second chance - a new beginning.

Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”