Thursday, March 6, 2014
You Are ....
Isaiah 53:11 NIV
" After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities"
For many of us, our biggest problem is that we don't like ourselves, and our skewed outlook makes it difficult for us to believe that God could possibly love us.
For years I struggled with this problem. I spent at least 75 percent of my time trying to change myself, but all I really did was stress myself out while the devil constantly made me feel guilty and constantly pointed out all of my failures and blinding me to the things that I had done right.
I never felt good enough.
Isaiah 53 shows us a different outlook. It tells us that when Jesus died for our sins, He also bore the guilt of those sins. He loved us so much that He paid the price so we wouldn't have to suffer with the terrible feelings of condemnation. If we go to God and sincerely ask Him to forgive us, He does, and there is no reason to live with condemnation or guilt or feeling like we are just not good enough ever again. We can know that we ARE good enough; in fact we were worth dying for, simply by reading the 4 Gospels of: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Condemnation is declaring an evildoer to be guilty and can refer to the punishment inflicted on man because of that guilt. Without Jesus mankind stands condemned before God, not only because of the sin of Adam (Rom. 5:16-18) but also because of our own sin (Matt. 12:37). However, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death," (Rom. 8:1-2). Christians have passed out of condemnation because they are forgiven in Christ.
God loves you, and He wants you to believe it and receive it all the time. He also wants you to be free from condemnation. But it takes faith and boldness to be free. God says you are good enough. Accept that today and live the life of victory that Jesus died for you to have.