Amazing Grace

Have you ever felt like you messed up too big or that there’s no coming back from whatever you have done? I’ve got great news, while some people might write you off, God hasn’t! Deuteronomy 30:3 says, “That the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.”

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God knew that Israel was going to go through a vicious cycle where He blessed them, they rebelled, He would discipline, they would confess and turn from their sin, and He would restore them. Then the cycle would essentially start all over. It’s the cycle of pride-fall-humility-restore. To show His all-knowing nature, God told them what they were going to do before they ever did it. He also told them what was going to happen both in the immediate aftermath of their sinful rebellion, but also the result when they humbled themselves and turned back to God.

What was true for Israel, is true for you and I today. The cycle we see them follow in throughout the Old Testament, is the same cycle we often see in our own lives today. One of the greatest blessings we can take from this is that God is willing to forgive and to restore us as we humble ourselves and admit our sin. I love what Paul said in the end of Romans 5:20, “…where sin did abound, grace did abound much more.” This must not be construed as a license to sin and do whatever we want. Rather, it should be seen as a comfort to those who feel like they have messed up too much and gone too far. There is never an excuse for our blatant sinful rebellion against God, but the good news is this, we can never out sin the grace of God.

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We must confess our sin, but we can also know that God will forgive our sin as we turn from it and in faith turn to Him. Our sinful nature is one of the biggest reasons why we need accountability in our lives. We always think we are stronger than we are, or that we have it under control when we don’t. You and I need people in our lives who love us enough to call us out when we sin. Do you have that person or those people? Are you that person for someone else? If you don’t have that person or you aren’t that person, pray today about who you can enter into that type of relationship with, and then do it. It just might save you from making that foolish mistake, and it might keep you from having to experience the discipline of the Lord again.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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