How many mistakes have you made so far in your life time? If you were to try and count them you would say, “I’ve made quite a few.” This morning as I was having my coffee and quiet time with the Lord, the enemy kept throwing my past mistakes in my face. He was accusing me of being a worthless person because of them. I prayed and asked God to help protect me from those thoughts of self condemnation. The enemy would like nothing better than for me to get down on myself and forget who I am in Christ.
Some might ask, “what kind of mistakes are you talking about?” It really doesn’t matter what kind or how serious. Our mistakes reflect the choices we make. God gave Adam and Eve a choice in the garden of Eden. We all know how it turns out. Adam and Eve made a serious mistake by listening to the enemy. The got trapped because they did not listen nor take to heart what God said to them when he instructed them not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They decided that they knew what was better for them than God did. Big mistake!
So, how do we protect ourselves from the enemy, the accuser of the brethren? First, we must spend time daily in God’s word. We should saturate our minds with it because when you do there is no more room for any other kind of evil or sinful thoughts. Second, we should obtain and hold on to wisdom. This second step is very important. There is one whole chapter in the bible devoted strictly to wisdom. It can be found in Proverbs Chapter 8. Take some time to read this chapter slowly, carefully and reflectively because there is a lot of good information here. Wisdom itself is talking and points out that when you obtain wisdom and use it, there are rewards. Wisdom also points out that if you don’t get wisdom and instead hate it there are dire consequences. Listen to what wisdom says in the last two verses of Chapter 8:
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.
Those verses verify what wisdom says about the choices we make. Choose wisdom and you find life and favor from the Lord. Choose not to find wisdom or hate it and you suffer the consequences. Wisdom is telling us in no uncertain terms that we don’t have to spend the rest of our life making mistakes, paying the consequences and then listening to the accusing thoughts of the enemy. Wisdom says, “before you make a decision, check in with me first.” My personal opinion is that you will be glad you did!