When The Hero Fails: How Not To Let Defeat Define You

What does a murderer and an adulterer have in common ? Both have heart problems. Through reading God's word we see that the issues and concerns of this life are often rooted in the heart. In the book of Matthew 15:19 Jesus sates, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts--murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander." In the bible the heart is mentioned more than 45 times along with several warnings to "guard your heart' above all else. 

The human heart can be very deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and no one can ever truly know it's vastness except God. In the old testament King David asks God to create in him a clean heart (Psalm 51:10). This same sentiment is echoed by Moses in Exodus 32:30-34 when he says, "Forgive us our sins, O Lord, even sins of rebellion against you".

At one point both David and Moses had sordid and gritty backgrounds. However one would go on to lead a nation from out of slavery while the other would establish a monarchy that helped birth the bloodline of the Messiah. Two lives that could have been defined by defeat were ultimately defined by triumph because of their willingness to ask for forgiveness along with a clean heart.

Now let me clarify and say that this act of faith and trust in Jesus is not always easy however it is worth it. By doing this you may not win many battles but you will most surely win the war. Simply put, modern life is war. Like David and Moses, we sometimes allow sin to enter into our lives when matters of the heart and the stress of this world becomes too great. At it's root sin is a heart problem relating to past hurts from people we know, painful events or unjust situations.

Negative people as well as seemingly impossible circumstances often  frustrate and disrupt the lives of many. However God comes to heal, save and lead your broken life so that you aren't living in  constant defeat. For many, defeat comes in various forms. It may be a habit that seems uneasy or impossible to break, a past mistake that haunts you or a relationship that has been fractured by poor choices made. Whatever the situation may be, just know that it is fixable and that all hope is not lost. Most people turn to money, drugs, alcohol, sex or often suicide before considering a relationship with Jesus. 
What society deems foolish , unrealistic and impossible is in fact possible to those who believe in Jesus. Life is not going to be easy. We will all at some point face obstacles, loss, grief and difficult people but when we face these things we don't have to face them alone. Aligning your life with God and allowing him to guide you towards a life of Victory is the first key to conquering what may seem like insurmountable odds. A true relationship with Jesus is unlike anything imaginable. He is an unconditional friend that never judges and that only has your best interest in mind. 
The power of Jesus can transform your life just as He did for Moses and David. 
Although both men had murky pasts, the power of God transformed them and gave them honor and glory. 
 
Drug  and alcohol fade, orgasms are fleeting and sometimes even the best of  friends fail you but "their is a friend that sticks closer than any brother".  Don't allow the cares of life to over rule you; make a change for the best today. Trust Jesus and remember to guard your heart.