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Let's face it: we need help.  We can't go it alone.  Left to ourselves we always blow it.  And with our selfish nature even success breeds failure.

In 1998, France played one of the best world cup final soccer games ever in the history of the sport—winning 3-0 against Brazil, four-time world champion.  It was France's first world cup victory ever!

Four years later the defending champions shocked the world by being eliminated in round 1 of the tournament without even scoring a single goal in 3 games!  In the weeks that followed the truth came out.  The team had been so busy indulging in the glory of their 1998 victory that they never took practicing seriously in 4 years, much to the dismay of their coaches.  Solomon said it well: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

One of the greatest problems that plagues us is that we don't want to see reality as it is.  And we don't want to know the truth about ourselves.  We choose immediate gratification and pay the price later.  We choose ease and comfort over character building.  The end justifies the means and we sacrifice principle whenever it suits us.

The truth?  It is too painful to face.  Past experience has taught us to beware of the truth.  Yet, only if we face the truth can we find resolution and healing.

Someone once said that the greatest human reality is self-deception.  Back in his day, Jeremiah stated "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?" (17:9)  That is the heart that God longs to touch with His healing hand, if we will let Him, so that we can become able to trust Him.

Because He is loving and values our freedom, God's position is a very delicate one.  After all of Satan's mud-slinging and character assassination, we are now scared of the only One who can help us!  And so we turn to money, power, fame, and pursue the satisfaction of our desires in order to find happiness, only to realize it's never there.

God loves us.  He honors our freedom.  He wants what's best for us.  He is infinitely good.  He knows the painful secrets we hide at the deepest levels of our being and longs to set us free from that pain.  In fact, He hurts with us when we experience pain.

Our problem is that our ability to trust has been damaged, and try as we may we can't fix it.  Only God can.  And the only way He can, while respecting our freedom, is to demonstrate His complete trustworthiness.  And that's why He sent Jesus.  Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Mat 11:28)

Jesus came so that we would know that God loves us with a passion and wants to be our Forever Friend.