Updated: Jun 9
There is a deficiency in every one of us ~ our sin nature. We try to earn Heaven by our own good works. Our righteousness is as filthy rags to God. Satan attacks our dignity by tempting us to sin against God and then accusing us before God when we succumb to his lies. He tempts us with seductive promises, then when we buy the lies he piles on the guilt and shame. He wants to undermine God’s purposes for our lives and diminish the glory of God.
What can take away our burden of sin and shame? Jesus blood shed on the cross cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Beloved, your sins are forgiven, your shame is covered and your dignity is restored when you ask Christ to forgive you. His blood cancels our sin and His righteousness clothes our shame. Isn’t that incredible? We become God's pure, innocent children.
Beloved, I pray God is glorified by our lives. I pray God restores our dignity for His glory. Jesus took our shame and humiliation and offers us His dignity. Such amazing grace. When the Prodigal Son returned home his father showed him grace and mercy. That’s a beautiful picture of our Heavenly Father. He wants to restore our lost dignity and cover us with His grace and mercy and amazing love.
Shame is a dark shadow that holds us and strangles its victim in the dark. If it is not confessed and forsaken you will die inside. In Psalm 51 King David was broken over his sin and found a place of confession, repentance and forgiveness. If you have been broken over your sin you can turn to God for forgiveness. You will be forgiven. It's not too late. You will be forgiven for time and eternity.
Don’t allow the accuser to tell you that you are washed up ~ that your influence is now diminished or has evaporated because of sin. God has a way of taking what the world looks at as used goods ~ like the prodigal son ~ and setting them among princes ~ as a royal son. “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (1 Cor. 5:21) So amazing!
Even though we don’t feel like it and we certainly don’t deserve it—when we ask Jesus to be our Savior we become the righteousness of God in Christ. The gospel proclaims to us ~ Your sins are covered! You are forgiven! You are loved! You are not alone! Don't give up! You are accepted! You matter! You are righteous! You are a child of God! God’s grace will enable you to walk by faith and be led by His Spirit! Such encouraging words. God’s grace frees us from the bondage of sin! Such joy!!!
I pray God will bless and strengthen you ~ body, soul and spirit. I pray God will heal every atom of your being ~ your heart, your mind ~ and bring you to a place of wholeness. God wants to make you whole and mature in every area ~ emotionally, mentally, spiritually. He loves you so much. It's impossible to comprehend the depth of His love.
God wants us to walk away from the darkness of the past into the light of His love. He wants us to know His unconditional love. He can and will so change your heart that you will have nothing to fear. We don’t deserve His love and kindness yet He lavishes it on us.
None of us can live the Christian life in the power of the flesh. We would all be hooped. We must stand in the grace, mercy and forgiveness of Christ. The closer you get to God the more you will understand His grace. As for God not being able to use you because of past sin—that’s nonsense. If John Newton hadn’t had such a horrendous past (as the captain on a slave ship) he might never have written Amazing Grace. Billy Crone, Tom Hughes, Eric Berger, David Berkowitz, Mac Grober, Nicky Gumbel ~ all are men that had very sinful pasts ~ and God is using them mightily for His glory. Don’t allow the enemy to discount what God can do through a life surrendered to Him.
There is still time to turn to live for Christ. I trust God is doing amazing things in your life ~ even if you don't see it now. Let the life lessons go deep. God loves you more than you can possibly fathom. We are to live day by day ~ moment by moment. Trust Him. Be faithful each moment. Ask Him to lead all your moments- ~ and one day He will be able to say to you, Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord. You are more than your past. Blessings, Beloved.