I am free of guilt and shame.
I am given mercy and grace for my mistakes.
Romans 8:1-4 (NASB)
Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as an an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
A result of Jesus sacrifice through death on the cross is that He presents us innocent of sin to our heavenly Father, even at this very moment. Satan, our adversary, is the one who is accusing us of our shortcomings. Of course, we have been trained by the world and are judging our imperfections and others as well. The effect of shame and condemnation is to put our focus on our self instead of our God, where we are supposed to be looking.
What we focus our attention on is what we draw to us, whether sin or righteousness. When we focus on the goodness of God and His righteousness we are drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It is no different with sin. As we grow in the attention span of our god consciousness we are increasing our ability to discern the hand of God in all the things we are doing. We are getting better with practice at living in the truths of God, growing in wisdom and knowledge as we do.
We are progressively letting go of the false truths and deceptions; wrong beliefs held in our heart that are the drivers for our choices in life. Just because we have become citizens in the kingdom of God we do not automatically leave all the baggage of our wrong thinking, poor choices and hurts caused by others that have shaped us into who we are. They have value and our God is a big God who doesn’t waste anything in our life. When we start seeing our self and life the way our Perfect Father does, we learn a life changing truth. God is our Creator and He values our humanness. We do have the choice to line our will up with His and the ability to do so with His help.
In Micah 6:8, God tells us through His prophet there are three things He requires of us: to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. He does not say we are to be perfect and get it right from His perspective to succeed. This means that when we walk humbly with Him, He will teach us, heal us and mature us from of our baggage and wrong thinking. When we let God search our heart is where this growth and healing really take place. Whether we are faithful or not, if we are walking with God we will become faithful and trustworthy through His working in us.
We always have to remember that our God does not think like we do or the rest of the world. He will never leave us or forsake us. He believes in us as His children, not in our perfect performance. He can do this because He is invested in our success and is not hung up on our mistakes. He is right there with us helping us to grow and mature into the son or daughter He has made us to be, loving us completely just as we are. As we mature gaining understanding of the identity God gives us we grow out of living life our way and asking Him to bless it. We are growing into living a life of holiness. God is our Perfect Father and cannot love us more than He does already.
Therefore, we are not looking behind us, we are looking ahead; keeping our eye on the prize we have in Christ Jesus.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?