“Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.” Hebrews 9:28 [AMPC]

Two siblings were arguing once, and the younger used some of the choicest harsh words on the elder. In a fit of anger, the elder raised his hand and hit the younger. The younger started crying. When the parents came by to see to the situation, they rebuked the older for hitting the younger and made the older promise not to do it again. The child complied; but the younger said, “That’s what you said the last time.”

Sound familiar, doesn’t it? As parents, we know that ‘I’ll never do it again’ does not really hold water. Our children will slip up. They will ‘do it again’. After all, didn’t Britney Spears make a hit out of ‘Oops, I Did It Again’? So if we know that our children are susceptible to falling short, why are we as adults so hard on ourselves? You do realize that children get a little bit more help here on earth than we do, right?

“Beware that you do not despise or feel scornful toward or think little of one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always are in the presence of and look upon the face of My Father Who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10 [AMPC]

So what makes us adults so special? Why do we hold ourselves to a higher standard and expect that we will never slip up again after we have realized our mistake?

Beloved, even the apostle Paul said,

“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” Romans 7:19

We will slip up. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Because,

“sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

So, “…each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” James 1:13-15

But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Because,

“…Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all,…” Hebrews 9:28 [AMPC]

When Jesus went to the cross for our sins, He bore all our sins; past, present and future, and that is why,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Beloved, you who believe in the saving grace of Jesus, cannot sin your way out of our Father’s love, even if you wanted to. Because,

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Jesus has taken care of it all, and He has all eventualities covered.

Remember the apostle Peter, the one who denied knowing Jesus? Before He denied Christ, his life was one comical mess. He made such inappropriate remarks that our Father had to cut him off mid-sentence,

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”” Matthew 17:1-5

He presumed to speak for Jesus, though he only had the best of intentions.

“When they arrived at Capernaum, the tax men came to Peter and asked, “Does your teacher pay taxes?”
Peter said, “Of course.”
But as soon as they were in the house, Jesus confronted him. “Simon, what do you think? When a king levies taxes, who pays—his children or his subjects?”
He answered, “His subjects.”
Jesus said, “Then the children get off free, right? But so we don’t upset them needlessly, go down to the lake, cast a hook, and pull in the first fish that bites. Open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to the tax men. It will be enough for both of us.”” Matthew 17:24-27 [MSG]
And he made such bold claims which not only must have annoyed the other disciples; he ended up eating his own words.

“Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Matthew 26:33

“Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” Matthew 26:35

Yet, after that the denial, after Jesus restored Peter to ministry, there is no record of his bumbling antics anymore. Instead, this was what was recorded of him.

“Now on one of those days Peter arose among the brethren, the whole number of whom gathered together was about a hundred and twenty.” Acts 1:15 [AMPC]

He became bold, no longer looking toward his denial, which no doubt was an embarrassing moment known by many; but instead, he became confident in the saving grace of Jesus which he knew, made him forever right with our Father.

And this same saving grace is true also for us, beloved. We have been saved, once for all. Our sins have been forgiven; past, present and future. And whatever area in your life that you know is not pleasing to God is being dealt with by Jesus right now, even if you do not realize it, because,

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6 [AMPC]

For when Jesus rose again from the dead, “Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

So “…now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,” Ephesians 2:13-14

And since God is now our Father,

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Beloved, you will sin again. We will all sin again. But there is no need to beat ourselves up over it, or even be conscious of when it is going to come, because Jesus had taken care of it.

“For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf.
Nor did He [enter into the heavenly sanctuary to] offer Himself regularly again and again, as the high priest enters the [Holy of] Holies every year with blood not his own.
For then would He often have had to suffer [over and over again] since the foundation of the world. But as it now is, He has once for all at the consummation and close of the ages appeared to put away and abolish sin by His sacrifice [of Himself].” Hebrews 9:24-26 [AMPC]

Instead, let us take a page out of Peter’s play book and focus on our Father’s love for us and look to Jesus as

“…our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1-3

And let Him transform us into the person He made us to be. For whatever energy we need to transform our lives,

“That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 [MSG]

And one day, you will realize that effortlessly, you will ‘not do it again’.

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