What Happens When I Mess Up?
1 John 1:1-10; Psalm 32:5; Jeremiah 26:13
1. Let me just begin with this statement: Just because you and I are saved does not mean that we will not "mess up" once in awhile. And lest you are here this morning as one who thinks he is above falling, I would remind you, greater than you have fallen.
QUOTE: C. S. Lewis once said, "When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less."1
2. The truth of the matter is that any one of us can make a mess of his life. If we are not careful, the ol' Devil can creep in...ever so subtly, and before you know it, we're in trouble. I've got good news...there is room at the cross for you.
a. That's what this message is about. It is about forgiveness. And let me say, Jesus is willing to forgive any sin, no matter how serious you may think it is He will forgive it if you ask Him to.
1) Some people have the idea that certain sins are so egregious they cannot be forgiven. The only sin that cannot be forgiven is the one you are unwilling to confess.
ILLUS: Karl Menninger, the famed psychiatrist, once said that if he could convince the patients in psychiatric hospitals that their sins were forgiven, 75 percent of them could walk out the next day!2
ILLUS: I am reminded of the story by Watchman Nee, who tells about a new convert who came in deep distress to see him. "No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I'm losing my salvation." Nee said, "Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son ...
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