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Forewarned Yet Forgiven                               11/08/13

So you blew it ... again! You feel bad. You feel a bit like hiding or avoiding. This is natural. Sin has a natural breaking or separating consequence. It gives a feeling of estrangement especially towards the one who is sinned against. When my children were little and did something wrong they would run and hide. They wouldn't want to talk to me. This was a tell-tale sign, like Adam and Eve who tried to avoid God after doing what He had told them not to do.

A persons countenance is also a tell-tale sign that sin is "crouching at the door." Cain's countenance changed when he became angry. God asked him why his countenance had fallen and said, "If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? (Genesis 4:6-7)

Well God doesn't want us to let our guilt or feeling of estrangement stop us from talking with Him. Remember Jonah? God didn't take back his call or gift even though Jonah chose to run from doing what God wanted. Ironically even while running away from God, Jonah was used by God to bring a revelation to sailors who then communicated with YHWH rather than their own gods. The equality of word count spoken by God and Jonah in chapter four indicates God wants a relationship of mutual dialogue no matter where a person is at, or how angry, grieved or guilty they feel or are.

Jesus prepared His disciples by letting them know the future before it happened, yet although forewarned, they blew it. They felt too tired to stay awake and pray. Peter even denied knowing Him, yet God still wanted him to lead His people. You may mess up in one area of ministry but if you walk humbly with God there will be other avenues to serve Him.

God loves us weak as we are. God tells us the future before it happens but if we miss the boat, He misses us but wants us to get on board again. He doesn't take back His gifts or call (Romans 11:29). He wants us to turn back to Him. This is called repentance, turning around.

There is forgiveness available in a relationship with God. It is written, "If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."

Although God forgives, He also encourages people to stop sinning lest they end up in a worse place (John 8:11). He not only encourages people in right living, he also helps them to live a victorious, overcoming life. One way he does this is by giving His Holy Spirit to dwell in His people and counsel them. Learning to recognize this counsel and seek it is important. Talking with God throughout the day is one way we can help ourselves to recognize the Holy Spirit's voice. It opens the door for God to forewarn us and help us to be alert to difficulties.

As long as you're in this world, it is not too late to turn around and walk with God again. God has forewarned us that even some of the most gifted teachers and those who are wise will fall, but it is only so that they may be "refined, purified and made spotless" (Daniel 11:35).

King David is known for having a heart after God even though he did appalling things. When confronted with his sins, he repented. He fell down before God. He continued to communicate with Him.

So as you go about your day, remember who it is who goes with you ... and communicate with Him no matter how long it's been since you last spoke to God.

References in brackets come from the Bible.