Lately, I have been watching, hearing and reading a lot of material with one main theme: Make a change, or make a u-turn. Simply put, the theme is one of repentance. People in the Bible such as King David and the Apostle Paul made some pretty huge changes in their life. David sinned with Bathsheba, then killed her husband. The Apostle Paul made a lifestyle out of killing Christians in the early church. Every one of us has a main area or several areas in our life, in which it is necessary for us to Make a u-turn. God is ready for us on the other side, waiting for His grace, to welcome us back or even welcome us for the first time!
The Apostle Paul persecuted many Christians in the early church. Acts 9 speaks of his conversion story. He was on the way to Damascus when a great light flashed in his eyes. He was blind for 3 days. But God asked him specifically, “Why do you persecute me?” He then realized that persecuting the church, was persecuting Christ. Paul became the main author in the New Testament, where he wrote and sent letters to churches that he visited. He was even thrown in prison many times himself. The book of Philippians was written from a prison cell, in fact.
David sinned with Bathsheba and in other areas in his life. In Psalms 73 David states that his heart was bitter and he was foolish and arrogant. He states though, “Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. David knew how wrong his sin was. He knew how wrong others around him were. Here, he speaks of this “slippery path.” They are destroyed.
Make a U-Turn After You Compromise
A local pastor spoke at our church this last week. He spoke of how easy it is to make one compromise after another, like James says in James 1:14-15. Each person is tempted, then we are dragged away with our evil desire and enticed(teased). Then after the evil desire finishes its course, the next step is sin, then full-grown sin leads to spiritual death. What we have to do, is turn around, head back in the other direction, back towards Christ.
One thing after another, leads us to where we sin, but we need to turn around, and turn back to Christ who gives us SO much! Grace is the biggest and best thing he gives us when we turn around and make true life change! I love the song that I included today at the beginning of this post. He welcomes me(and all of us) when we make a u-turn or sometimes a first turn to Him. The quote below caught my attention recently. Satan wants to ruin our life and reminds us of how terrible we are. “He calls me by my sin.” God knows exactly what I do wrong, but He calls me by my name. He loves each one of us and wants us to come back home to Him.
The Devil Knows Your Name
But Calls You By Your Sin.
God Knows Your Sin
But Calls You By Your NameRicardo Sanchez
Good U-Turns Are Not Boring
Scripture was not written to make our lives less fun, and dull, boring and difficult to attain. It was written so to teach us. When we make the right decisions, we will be grateful, we will be rewarded and live a life that is better. It won’t be perfect because we will still have trials and temptations. But we know where to turn for direction. When we make the wrong decisions and return to Him in true repentance(change of direction), we see His grace is amazing! We don’t deserve grace at all! Our change of direction brings better consequences as well. We can’t do this without accepting Him first though.
A Famous Man Who Made A U-Turn
John Newton, the author of the hymn, Amazing Grace, knew how wrong he was and “what a wretch he was”, to hold, torture and trade slaves who were going to the West Indies from England. William Wilberforce actively was instrumental in abolishing slavery. John Newton turned his life around and understood what he did was wrong and made that “U-Turn” to come to God and change his ways. He knew that “once he was lost, but now am found.” He was blind but then he could see. Christ changed his life.
Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I seeJohn Newton