Turn Defeat Into Victory

 

 

THE PROMISE 

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

— Psalm 19:12,14, NIV 

 

THE TESTIMONY 

When, under the temptations of Satan, men fall into error, and their words and deportment are not Christ-like, they may not realize their condition, because sin is deceptive, and tends to deaden the moral perceptions. But through self-examination, searching of the Scriptures, and humble prayer, they will, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, be enabled to see their mistake. If they then confess their sins and turn from them, the tempter will not appear to them as an angel of light, but as a deceiver, an accuser of those whom God desires to use to his glory. Those who acknowledge reproof and correction as from God, and are thus enabled to see and correct their errors, are learning precious lessons, even from their mistakes. Their apparent defeat is turned into victory. They stand trusting not to their own strength, but to the strength of God. 

If you indulge stubbornness of heart, and through pride and self-righteousness do not confess your faults, you will be left subject to Satan’s temptations. If when the Lord reveals your errors you do not repent or make confession, his providence will bring you over the ground again and again. 

The mansions that Jesus has gone to prepare for all who love him, will be peopled by those who are free from sin. But sins that are not confessed will never be forgiven. 

Weigh your spirit, your actions, in the balance of eternal justice, the law of God: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart...and thy neighbor as thyself.” 

Will you humble the heart before God, confess your sins, and find mercy and forgiveness? I beseech you, “seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Look in faith to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. 

Have implicit faith in God, and do not depend upon self... It is not now too late for wrongs to be righted. Christ invites you to come and take of the water of life freely. 

— The Review and Herald, December 16, 1890 

 

THE RESPONSE 

Search the Scriptures and humbly pray for the aid of the Holy Spirit to be enabled to see your mistakes.

Confess your sins and turn from them in order to learn precious lessons, even from your mistakes.

Humble your heart before God. Turn apparent defeat into victory by trusting, not your own strength, but in the strength of God. 

Seek the Lord and call upon Him. Forsake your ways and your thoughts, return to the Lord by looking in faith to the Lamb of God who takes away your sins. 

 

 

 

 

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