Everybody makes mistakes. We all slip up sometimes. It is what we do following those mistakes that separate us from the rest of the pack. Following Him is not always an easy path, in fact, Luke 17:1 tells us “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come…’”(NIV). We all will stumble, but forgiveness is His strong suit. We are told that if someone sins against us and repents, that we should forgive them not once, not seven times, but seven times that. If we have faith and repent to Him, we should know that He will forgive us and continue walking with us.
The road following him is rocky and uneven. My pastor once said, “If you are facing resistance in your walk, keep going. It means you’re on the right path.” Often the enemy will put things in our way that we have to overcome in order to better ourselves, but occasionally we trip and fall on the path. When this happens, we have two options, either giving up and continuing down the easier path, one which may be fun and provide immediate pleasure and rewards, but does not give us a fulfilling life and, in the end, leaves us empty and broken inside. The other thing we can do is turn to Him as he helps us up and holds our hand as we continue down the path He wants us to take.
Sometimes removing the obstacles in our way means major life changes. Maybe you stumble with an addiction to sex or pornography. This often requires major lifestyle changes to overcome, and can often require creating a new friend group and support group to change your ways. It can mean getting rid of your computer in your room or at your house, using them only in public places. An obstacle can be alcoholism or an overdependence on others.
Whatever the obstacles and resistance you may face, just always know that He is there and will support and guide you. In Mark, we are told “’Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.’”(Mark 11:23-25) It is amazing what can happen when we have faith in Him. If you stumble, don’t be afraid, but turn it over and trust in God and see what happens, you may just be surprised!