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January 16, 2005

No soul left behind…!

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

Are you flawless? Did you ever tell a “white” lie? Ever “put your foot in your mouth”? Think even one bad thought? How about fail to send your mother a birthday card? Or be late to work?

Truth is, we’ve all thought, said and done things we should not do. We’ve all failed to live up to what we should have been.

The Bible documents this: “All have sinned [broken God’s laws] and come short of [miss the mark…85% instead of 100%] the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. No one is flawless. And when someone thinks they are, they are lying to themselves. God knows the real deal.

This information isn’t pretty. We want to be good. We want to be excellent. No one is glad, deep down, about failing.  Our natural reaction is to deny there is a problem. The easiest thing is to lie to ourselves and others that WE made a mistake.

Both Adam and Eve did this, after they disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They hid behind trees from God [that’s a smart plan] and then played the “blame game”. (Genesis 3:8-143).

If God were all about vengeance, control, domination, etc., He easily could have fried Adam and Eve the second they took a bite of the wrong tree. But His priority wasn’t to destroy them. And it isn’t to destroy us, either. He wanted to restore Adam and Eve back with Him. And He wants to do the same with you and I, too. And so God took all the necessary steps to make a way for Adam, Eve and us to be restored back to Him. What steps did He take?

Briefly, He conducted a fact finding meeting…not that He didn’t know all the facts; no, it was for the benefit of Adam, Eve and you and I. Adam, Eve & Satan each played a role in the treachery. Each received a punishment that fit the crime. Then, the long term solution was given: Someone would be born of a woman who would crush Satan’s head [wound to the death], but would also be wounded, in the process, although not fatally. This was the promise of the coming of the Son of God, who would conquer the death, from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God also protected the tree of [eternal] life, so that Adam and Eve could not eat from it and eternally be doomed to their fallen condition. This allowed time for God to send His Son to restore Adam, Eve and you and I to Himself.

Adam and Eve couldn’t be restored back with God by just hiding and pretending everything was fine. God didn’t pretend with them. He didn’t gloss over their mess and call it “art”. He didn’t settle for anything less than truth in their relationship with Him…and he won’t with us, either.

Confession to God is admitting to Him the truth that He already knows! He wants us to be real with Him. He won’t accept phony. Turn to Christ, today, if you have not already. Admit your need of Him; that you aren’t perfect. Tell Him you desire a relationship with Him and thank Him that Jesus paid for that relationship on the cross. Then, learn about Him in the Bible, join with others who honor Jesus and trust Him for your future. God bless you, my friend.

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