Q. I have a question about the ‘ No fear of judgment ‘ question. If we realize that one of our deeds was not done through the strength of God, and we confess it and ask for forgiveness, will it be changed over to a “good” deed in place of a “bad” one?
A. There are times when the Lord has honored the actions of men even though they weren’t following His instructions. One example is when the Israelites made a treaty with the Gibeonites even though the Lord had told them not to do such a thing. The Israelites were deceived so their motives were pure, but they were still out of His will (Joshua 9). Several generations later, after Saul tried to wipe out the Gibeonites, the Lord had David make amends because of the treaty the Israelites had made (2 Samuel 21).
But I am not sure we can take this as a general principle. In John 15:5 Jesus said if we remain in Him (in His will) we can bear much fruit, but apart from Him (in our own will) we can do nothing. I think it’s a good idea to ask forgiveness any time we think we might have stepped out ahead of the Lord, no matter what the outcome has been.