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Psalm 103: 1 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

 19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22 Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, O my soul. (NIV)

Sometimes our sins overcome us.  We know that we are utterly without excuse for our behavior.  We know that we are not supposed to have this life.  We are not supposed to act in fear, and we know we are not obeying the Lord.  We know that we fail every day, sometimes it seems every minute.  We make promises and break them.  We try to trust Him and fail.  We see how our fear has kept us from blessing others.

Sometimes these thoughts and feelings overwhelm us, and we feel that we are just too far gone to help at all.  We feel that the Lord cannot possibly forgive us, or that we are just one step away from utter destruction.

We must understand, though, that those thoughts are an attack of the devil.  Yes, we are utterly without excuse.  We are utterly sinful…but we are also utterly forgiven when we repent.

Yes, you.  You are forgiven.  You are forgiven by God through the Lord Jesus Christ.  His blood really was enough for you, for your failures.  Understand that.  You are completely forgiven.  Accept it, do not hide from it.  It is not noble to reject the sacrifice of the Lord for you.

Understand and accept it.  When you do, you will feel a release of burden that you cannot even imagine.  Your anxiety will lessen greatly.  You will find strength and closeness with the Lord.  You will start to see how He provides for you, that you can rely on Him.

 

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