Feel like that sometimes? We know how much our Father loves us and how much He cares for us. And we see the blessings that He has bestowed upon us, but sometimes, out of sheer negligence, omission or ignorance, we mess up, we make a bad call, and we wreck the very precious things that He put in trust into our hands. In fact, it happens so much, it seems like we are always bound to fail;

“For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

But beloved, it is precisely because He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust that we can take comfort that He understands and He will aid us and guide us if we let Him, for it is written,

“God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 [AMPC]

Indeed, our God, our Father, is well-proved; because if you think you have messed up, you are not the first. And because He did not abandon those who messed up before you, He will not abandon you.

“To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”” Genesis 3:16-19

Who can forget this? Some people call this the original sin, from which you can never receive forgiveness. Now, that is utter nonsense, because,

“Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].
We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.
For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him.
For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].
Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:3-11 [AMPC]

I love The Spirit working through the apostle Paul, and Paul for listening to The Spirit; because such scripture makes quick work of dispelling the myths and lies that the evil one puts into our heads to try and remove us from the love of our Father.

So, there is no sin that you cannot be forgiven from, unless of course you blaspheme God, reject our Father, in which case, you, by your own free choosing, exclude yourself from His love, because you do not want to believe in it. And our Father also shows us, through the story of Adam, that if we believe, He continues to be faithful, and cleans up our mess for us.

“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.” Genesis 3:21-23

Now many people mistake this passage for punishment, but look closely. Remember they said this?

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”” Genesis 3:9-10

The first evil that Adam knew and experienced was shame. But our Father and Jesus clothed them, to remove their shame. How can that be punishment?

Also, remember that by eating of the tree of good and evil, Adam allowed evil to enter the world because prior to this, all that was in the world was good. To understand more, read Part One of the message entitled Food. So then, by preventing Adam from eating of the tree of life and living forever, our Father was setting a time limit to man’s natural suffering. Now how can that be punishment? Real punishment would be to leave man be, in his shame, and perhaps even let man eat of the tree so that he can live in eternal damnation, right?

Now, what if the burden you are carrying is not disobedience, but poor stewardship? Remember the man who told His brothers this?

“Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Genesis 37:6-7

“Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” Genesis 37:9

Yes, Joseph. He was just doing what he was supposed to do, interpreting dreams. That was the gift and calling given to him by our Father, yet he was sold off as a slave by his brothers. You can read more in the message Jesus Will Make Sure You Get To The Ball On Time. I am sure that during the time he spent in slavery, there were times when he too felt like he had messed up, that he was a poor steward of the calling that our Father had entrusted to him. But our Father was with Joseph and took care of him and even prospered him.

But perhaps your burden is not omission. And it is not merely disobedience. You, for some reason, schemed and plotted and sinned to get your way. You think you really messed up. Well beloved, you are not alone.

In the message, Nearer My Child To Me, we saw how Jacob and his mother schemed to cheat his older brother Esau of his birthright and his father’s blessing. Yet, our Father was merciful and not only prospered Jacob and Esau separately, He even restored their relationship.

In the message, Jesus Is The Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever, we also saw that even though King David; on whose linage our Father decided to place Jesus, His Son; plotted and schemed to have Uriah killed so that he could have Uriah’s wife for his own, our Father was merciful and forgave David, even to the point of restoring to him his peace of mind and assurance of right standing with our Father.

Beloved, understand that even though Jesus said that we who believe are not of the world, just as He is not of the world (John 17:16), this still happens.

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.” Romans 7:15 [MSG]

“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” Romans 7:17-24 [MSG]

Take heart beloved, there is hope!

“The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” Romans 7:25 [MSG]

Jesus is our hope. When we mess up, Jesus will be there to help, guide and clean up our mess for us. And just like a child knows that mummy and daddy will always be there to help them out of tight and tough situations, all we need to do is believe in His love for us.

And my friend, if you have never known the love of our Father or of Jesus and have just discovered how much He loves you; and in response, you want to accept His love and partake of the protection and provision and love which a communion with Him brings, then say this prayer with me.

“Father, thank You for giving me the right to call You ‘Father’. Thank You that even though I was yet unworthy, You stretched out Your arm of love to me and delivered up Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for me. Thank You Jesus for bearing not only my sin, but also my guilt and by shame on the cross so that now I can stand before You, before our Father, clean, whole, pleasing and loved. Thank You Jesus that by Your shed blood, I can have full remission of all my sins, past present and future; and by Your body broken, I can receive wholeness in mine. I commit my messed up life to you and trust that You will turn it around just as You have for all those whom have preceded me. I fully rest in Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, it is ok if you have messed up. We all have. Jesus will set it right for you. Believe.

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