Sunday, March 26, 2006

Do-Overs


NOW – in life “do-overs” are not the norm… Not many second chances exist in the world today.. Just ask the kid who didn’t make the hockey team or the guy who got fired or the mother of two who dumped for a ‘pretty little thing.’ Not many second chances. Nowadays it’s more like, “now or never,” “Around here we don’t tolerate incompetence” “Three strikes and your out..”

BUT wouldn’t it be great if there were do overs.. A cop stops you for speeding, you just tear up the ticket and say – “Thanks officer but I’ll be taking a do over today…” You fail a test, blow a presentation at work, or invest in the wrong company, forget to send in your taxes – JUST take a do over…I wonder if, in our relationship with God, a do over is not a dream it is a reality….That GOD, is the GOD of the do over; the GOD of the fresh start!
When Do You Need A Do Over?

1. When You Give Into Temptation and Fall Into Sin
David was the man. He was the one everyone looked to. He was a hero. He was a mighty warrior for God. When an entire army was afraid he was the one who stepped into the valley to face a 10 foot giant. He was a powerful king who won many victories for God. This man wrote some awesome songs of praise and he was not the least bit afraid to let it all hang out in worship. The people loved and praised him and when God looked at him he said, “there is a man after my own heart..”

David was riding high and that is what made his fall. 2 Samuel 11 opens with David sending his armies out to fights and he stays back in Jerusalem and this is where his problems start.. . David stayed home he should have been out doing battle for the Lord, but he stayed home. Understand, if he had gone where he should have gone and had done what he should have done, these chapters in his life could have been avoided. Isn’t this when we get ourselves into trouble, when we are not doing the things we should be doing, and when we are not going where we should be going. It is at these times when we are most susceptible to temptation and sin.... and when we will write chapters in our live that one day we will regret. David was home and, he was not home alone. One evening he went up on to his roof to take a walk and while he was up there he saw a beautiful woman bathing (Bathseba)... Whether David went up there to see just such a thing we do not know -- but we do know that he could have looked the other way -- but he didn’t…

2. You Need A Do Over When Life Beats You Up
“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters and he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen and 500 donkeys, and a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the east.” Job 1:1-3How would you like to be that guy? When we think of Job we don’t think about him being the greatest man among all the people of the east. NO, we think of man who in an instant lost all his children, he lost all of his wealth, he lost his health and when his friends come to comfort him, they tell him that he must have been pretty bad to get it so bad… Sometimes life beats us up as well, and we need a new beginning… Relational storms, health storms, financial storms and emotional storms beat against us…The damage can be severe. Maybe right now life is beating you up, you’re tired, discouraged, you’re not sure how much more you can take…you don’t know where to turn… You need a do over.

3. You Need A Do Over When You’ve Got The Blues
When people looked at him they said “Elijah, you’re the man!” And they were right. If the Biography channel was to do a story of Elijah it’d be awesome… They’d show him multiplying a widows food, raising her dead son, Going toe to toe with false prophets on Mt Carmel and kicking all their butts and no doubt the final image would be of God taking him to heaven in that fiery chariot. But in 1 Kings chapter 19… Elijah got a major case of the blues. For some reason when the wicked Queen Jezebel threatened him, Elijah got scared and ran away to the wilderness. “’I have had enough Lord, Take my life. I am no better than my ancestors’ Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep..” 1 Kings 19:4,5

Have you ever felt that way? You’re doing all you can and that one thing happens and you can’t take any more. “Lord I’ve had enough… I can’t take anymore of this…”

4. You Need A Do Over When Pride Has You Headed Down The Wrong Road
Saul knew he was right. He was sure that he was doing the right thing. He was confident in the actions that he was taken. But he had no idea that what he was doing, was wrong – very wrong. In an instant all the wrongness of his actions became crystal clear in the glare of that bright light on the road to Damascus… Saul of Tarsus needed a do over, a fresh start, a new beginning…. Maybe your pride has sent you at breakneck speed in the wrong direction. Maybe you are beginning to realize that a lot of what you were doing is wrong…IF so you need a do over…

5. You Need A Do Over When You Didn’t Do What You Said You Do
“Lord even if everyone else falls away – you can count on me, I’ll never deny you.” And the rooster crowed and Peter denied Jesus three times. MAYBE – you are in a similar situation… “Not me I’ll never do that – I’ll never be like them…”

Why would God give us a ‘do over….?’ What are your ‘do overs?’

4 comments:

kenny said...

I think, that what I have gone through has made me who I am today. I have come to realize that through all the crap and selfish living...trying to find that quick fix to medicate how I am feeling, it has brought me to this point in life. This very moment in time. It has made me realize that in my weakness God's strength can come out and work in my life.
I could look back...
what would it have been like if I would have found help prior to embracing the gay life...and becoming a sex addict? I could be married, with children, working and maybe struggling with something else or with the same issues. What would it have been like if I had not run to BC, away from God? Maybe, I would not be in so much debt financially.
Instead, I am embracing the brokenness, realizing my weaknesses and being real with those I meet. Saying...this is who I am in Christ. The world tried to define me a certain way and I embraced it, but no longer. Sure, it is going to take time to heal but God is doing a good work. My Pride nearly did me in. It is a wonder to me why I am not sick physically with HIV or something else.
But I hold on to the truth that God will restore the years the locusts ate. He will finish the good work he has started in me. That I will win the prize at the end of this race.
I won't always be easy, there will be some days, I wish I could do it over, but for the most part, I am enjoying the moment. Being in the moment. Trying to be like Christ, so that others will see Christ and not me. I am thankful for community and some mighty men and women of God who have my back.
Kudo's again to you SP for the life lesson...okay, it was like you knew what was going on in my head.
I have an idea for you...I invite some non christians or those who have been hurt by Church to attend Soul for 6 weeks, and have a discussion (lunch) after. I threw that by someone today and they were interested. They said it would be good to have equal soul people to the people coming in to visit.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow said...

I completely agree with Kenny's statement. There are some days that I wish I could go back, but the majority of the time I can see where I've been and where God has brought me. If I hadn't gotten married when I did and to whom I did, I wouldn't be in such a financial mess and wouldn't have had to recover from my emotional disaster. I could be married to the "right" person and living the life the majority of my friends are living. I wouldn't have experienced abortion, abuse and suicidal tendencies.
BUT! If I had a do-over, I wouldn't have my beloved daughter. I wouldn't have learned a solid lesson in humility vs pride. God pulled me through and is still teaching me what it means to have faith when there is no money to buy groceries. He is the King of Redemption. I've found what Truth means in friendships and belief. And all the areas where I've gone wrong, the Lord has annointed and I now, with the grace of God, have authority in those areas to speak into other peoples lives. I love how He can turn something completely devastating around and bring it into His Glory.

kenny said...

amen to that Bonnie!!

SoulPastor said...

WOW
Thanks to the both of your for your openness here! I never thought that people would actuallly be so transparent to post! Thanks for proving me wrong and also allowing us to see where GOD is at work in your lives!!!!