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Making a Mistake Bigger
4/9/2010

Making a Mistake Bigger

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Have you ever made a mistake, only to try and fix it and inevitably you made it worse than it first was?   I know that I have.  Why does this happen? I think that there are several factors such as pride and stubbornness that lead us to make our choices, but I have found that one of the bigger ones is the enemy's condemnation.  This is where he comes in and pounds us with guilt.  Such was the case for Judas Iscariot.

After taking 30-pieces of silver to betray Jesus, Judas Iscariot was being both convicted in his heart, and condemned within his mind for his actions.  He knew that he had made a mistake - the question was, what was he going to do now.

Although some commentaries say that he simply felt bad about his decision or "Regretted" it, I believe it was more than that.  

The word "Remorseful" used here in this NKJV Translation is from the Greek word, "Metamellomai," met-am-el´-lom-ahee; which means to care afterwards, i.e. regret: - repent.  I believe that the verses in Matthew give us some idea of the mindset of Judas.

Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood."  And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!" Matthew 27:3-4 (NKJV)

We see Judas taking the proper steps once he was convicted of his sinful action.

  • We see that he was "Remorseful" (v.3) of what he saw being done to Jesus.  
  • We then see that he "Repented" (v.3) (Turned around) in his actions and took the money received for the betrayal, back to the chief priests and elders.  
  • We see that he "Confessed" (v.4) his sin.
  • We see that he "Believed" (v.4) that he had betrayed innocent blood.

Jesus was being accused of blasphemy - claiming to be God. So, by Judas saying, "I have betrayed innocent blood," it meant that Judas believed that Jesus was in fact God.  

Judas had betrayed God - he had surrendered Him up to the Jewish authorities.  We can read this and find it unimaginable, and yet the other 11-disciples had denied Jesus as well - they disavowed and rejected the living Christ.

I am sure the enemy was working on every one of these men's conscious in an attempt to condemn them for their actions.  The very person that they betrayed and denied was the one who could forgive and forget - He was the one who could heal them and bring them life.

Judas didn't choose to act upon what he knew to be true.  He knew that Jesus would forgive and heal him.  He chose to listen to the attacks of the enemy within his mind and he then chose to end his own life.  He had lost sight of the very message that he had witnessed being shared for the last 3-years as he walked with Jesus - the message of forgiveness!

It is the same for us when we sin.  We too can be overwhelmed when confronted with the magnitude of our betrayal to our Lord, and to those who love us and trusted us.  We can look at our situation and think that there is no possible way that we can be forgiven - that there is no way to make it through the circumstances that we have brought about by our foolish choices.  But we need to know that it is the same enemy repeating the same lying message 2-thousand years later.

Judas needed to continue to put his faith into what he knew to be the truth and not on the condemning lies of the enemy and/or the resulting feelings that had ensued from his actions.  He was remorseful and he took the money back - he needed to keep walking in that direction.  Instead, he took a bad situation and made it a bigger mess.  We too, can identify with our mistakes that have been made, and we too, can take steps to correct the situation, only to stop short of coming to Christ for His mercy, grace, and guidance.  And as a result we can take a bad situation and make it a bigger mess.

Hey Christian, I don't care what you may have done - I want to encourage you to lay it down at the cross.  Tell the Lord that you are sorry and that you want His forgiveness.  Ask Him for His wisdom and guidance to see you through.  He is a mighty God who is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us.  Let's not allow the enemy to take us out of our walk with the Lord.  Let's not allow him to make a bigger mess out of our life.  We have the power to stop him, but we have to choose to use it.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn with regard to our sinful choices and the damage that is done by them according to the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there something in your past that is haunting you or causing you to continue to make poor choices?

APPLICATION: Go to the Cross of Jesus and lay down your sin at His feet.  Seek Him in prayer and confess it for what it is and ask for restoration so that you can be reconciled to the Lord.  

Father, Thank You for providing a way for me to come directly to You.  Thank You for allowing me to confess my sin and to be forgiven of it immediately.  Lord, help me to see the lies of the enemy when they come to me and give me the strength to do what I know to be right.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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