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Monday, January 7, 2013

January 7: Never Too Far Gone

GOD’S REMINDER: Many are they who say of me, "There is no help for him in God." Selah. But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
(Psalm 3:2-3)

never too far gone

NOTE TO SELF: Many of us live with a nagging voice in our head that continually tells us there’s no hope for us. We were raised in an environment where no one said many good things about us to our face or behind our backs. Growing up, the lie became a reality in our lives, and we live nearly every single day doubting ourselves and our abilities.

While ministering to lost souls, the common response many of us hear is, “There’s no help for someone like me. I’m too far gone.” While they honestly want God’s forgiveness, they believe they have gone too far for God to forgive or even love them. And although it may seem that way, those are the very souls God wants to redeem and restore.

Those who believe there is no help are usually the ones God transforms in mighty ways: the drug addict, the prostitute, the gambler, the adulterer, the murderer. And when we minister to those who feel they are too far gone, we need to remind them of all the people in the Bible who fit those “labels” and Jesus redeemed: King David (adultery and murder), Paul (orchestrated the murdering of many Christians), the town harlot, the woman caught in adultery, and Matthew (the scheming tax collector).

Many people saw David as hopeless. They believed God had left him for good. They laughed at him and mocked him. They ridiculed him and told him that he was done for. Worse yet, it started when he was a child. His father completely overlooked him and thought that nothing good would become of him, which is why he didn’t bother presenting him to Samuel as the potential future King of Israel. And while his brothers went off to war against the Philistines, David was “too small” and too young for battle. Yet who won the fight against Goliath? Who was chosen as King? Who was saved from the murdering hands of King Saul? Who was protected all those years? Who became King? And who became known as “the man after God’s own heart”?

See, David knew where his source of strength came from. He knew that no matter what anyone said to him or about him, it didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered to David was what God thought of him, and David had no doubt—even in his doubt!—that God was on his side, lifting his head high! Imagine if he had believed all those lies? Imagine if he had just listened to what others said and took them to heart?

Now try to imagine your life, living in God’s truth about who you are instead of believing the lies of others. You are never too far gone, and that means there is still so much hope for your life and your future.

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