We all make mistakes in life. When it comes to mental and spiritual slip ups, no committed error is fatal. (An exception would be the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.) Satan will challenge the reality of this statement by exaggerating our misdeeds and the gravity of the sin. When a Believer trips, stumbles, and falls, Satan is quick to challenge the act as an affront against God. Immediately he penetrates the mind and plants thoughts like; “You are not a good Christian,” “How could you do such a thing?” “God is not going to forgive you,” or “You are not worthy to go to church.” Many times these fatalistic words are not challenged, but accepted and reasoned out as true. There are Believers today who have become their own prosecuting attorney, and they have made a case against themselves that any jury would find them guilty of failing God. They then become the judge who sentences them as not being worthy to even be called a Christian. The sentence is then pronounced, which is to stop trying to live up to God’s standards and just live your life the way you want.
A few years ago my wife and I were returning from a concert late at night, when an elephant jumped out in front of us causing a lot of damage to our car. (Actually, it was an opossum, but due to the damage, I thought it was an elephant!) My insurance company approved the repair and the car was towed into the body shop for repairs. When I got the car back, it was just like new. All I had to pay was my deductible. When we make a wreck of our lives, we need to come to the cross where our deductible has already been paid, and there receive forgiveness for our sins. God even offered a pre-deductible policy when He said to the Old Testament Believers, “…though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Is. 1:18) All Believers are insured by the OLD RUGGED CROSS. Once a person purchases this insurance policy, which can be acquired by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit then verifies the transaction and the policy goes into effect. From that moment on, every sinful action we commit will be forgiven when we come into the Throne Room of God in Jesus’ name to present ourselves in our blemished condition. As we confess our sin, God is “…faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
Our Christian lives are going to have ups and downs, but cheer up, for we have an insurance agent who will take care of our “claims!” Jesus is our “High Priest” who makes intercession for us who fall short, either by sins of omission or commission. (Heb. 7:25, 4:14-16) The woman caught in adultery faced her panel of judges who had brought her to Jesus to see if he would agree with the Law that she should be put to death. Jesus simply stated that if anyone was there without sin, they should start the stoning party. No one could claim guiltlessness and so they left. Jesus simply looked at the woman and told her that He did not condemn her, and to go and “sin no more.” (John 3:11) She was forgiven by Jesus. All that was left to secure the expunging of her record was Jesus going to the cross and taking her penalty upon Himself. He did just that, and not for her only, but for all of us. Thank God for Calvary!