“Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.” (Psalm 89:35)
Professional athletes are allowed to make mistakes, but not too many, if the team is disadvantaged by them, they will be removed from the roster, no matter their past performance achievements.
David killed a man so he could steal his wife and hide his sin, he took a census he knew that he should not have taken. First one died, then thousands, yet he was not disavowed by the Lord. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Rev. 3:5)
But you will be held accountable for your actions.
Moses struck the rock, Samson lived in pride, Hezekiah showed the entire treasures of Israel, Peter denied Him. All are in heaven, all were forgiven, but all were chastised.
When we sin there are repercussions, but never the loss of our salvation, He will not blot our names out of the Book of Life, He will not erase us from the palms of His hands, but when we sin there are always repercussions for those sins. Some may be very grievous, four of David’s sons died, five including the baby, Samson’s eyes were put out, Moses got to see the Promised Land, but never set foot in it until the mount of transfiguration.
The Almighty does not fool around with His servants my friends, what He says He means. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Does that make you nervous? It should, it should assist you in pausing before nearly every action you take, it should, as I have heard before, cause you to engage your brain before you engage your mouth.
The Living God will not lie to those He has chosen, He expects to be obeyed, in all that He has said to us. There are very few places in the Scriptures where we are given options to His commandments, as the Law was in the Old Testament, by faith we are to trust that what He has said He means. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
It is why it is called the straight gate, not the “I’ll give that some consideration and get back to you” path.
The Word of God is clear to all who have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, this is what He expects and so this is what we do. But we don’t, do we?
For various reasons the world pulls at us, the thoughts of our minds wander from Him, we do not seek His face in the storm, we fear when we should stand in His strength. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:4)
The Living God will never lie to you, every word He has given to us is the truth, we are to believe them without question.
You have read this many times from me before, “No matter the circumstances or the possible consequences to ourselves.” Sin and you will know consequences, even if you repent in dust and ashes, even if your heart is broken and contrite, but you will never be discarded. You are hid in Christ, you are the righteousness of God in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are forever saved, eternally secure.
Consider each action before you take it, ponder the words you are going to say, keep a close eye on your thoughts. We will sin for 1st John 1:8 is a truth, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” We will be forgiven every single time we confess those sins.
A little contemplation before we act or speak can go a long way my friends.