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Truth is we can't please God, that is, not on our terms. Nor does it do any good to try and hide our sin. Like Isaiah, we can only be used by God when we're willing to admit, "I am a person of unclean lips."

It reminds me of the story of KING FREDERICK II, an eighteenth-century king in Prussia, what is today Germany. He was on a visit to a prison in Berlin when the inmates crowded around him to proclaim their innocence. All except one man. He sat quietly in the corner, head bowed.

Frederick walked over to him and said, "What are you here for?"

"'Armed robbery, your majesty," the man replied.

"Are you guilty?" the king asked.

"Yes, sir. I deserve this punishment."

The king turned to the guard and ordered, "Set this guilty man free. I don't want him corrupting all these other innocent people."

Finding God's pardon in our lives begins by admitting our guilt. To insist we are innocent when we are not leaves us in a prison of our own making. Yet when we admit our need, our guilt, God offers us grace and forgiveness. Imagine, if you could start your life all over today? You can do that by placing your faith in the sacrifice of God's one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

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