I was up early this morning pondering the goodness of my God. The Bible says, His compassions are fresh and new every single morning. "Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23) What an encouraging Scripture! The actual truth is, no matter what time your day begins, His compassions are new and fresh. Because of His infinite grace, His love for you never stops. It is fresh and new each and every day. This brings great joy and peace to my heart.
It's true most Christians struggle with what they struggle with. No, not trying to be funny or confusing. But think about it. When you struggle with sin, do you often feel you are not pleasing to God? Truthfully, sin is not pleasing to God, but YOU ARE. Listen carefully, Jesus took your sins upon Himself when He died on the cross. "But He, having offered one sacrifice (Himself) for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God... For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified." (Hebrews 10: 12,14) I just love that "for all time" part.
What He did for you pleased God. Therefore, you are pleasing to God. That's where many Christians struggle. We think our acceptance by God is based on our performance (good or bad). So we struggle with not being acceptable to God because we struggle with sin. That's an unnecessary struggle however. The struggle won't make us any better, but trusting Jesus will. Simply believing He made us acceptable on the cross enables us to walk in His grace, mercy, and compassion every single day! That's powerful!
We live in a body of flesh, in a fallen world, so there will always be struggles with sin. But the struggle doesn't mean we are not pleasing to God. As long as the cross stands...we are pleasing and acceptable! This is God's grace. Through grace we are accepted by God. Thus, the power of the cross continuously works in us to overcome sin. If I could pick one Scripture (and I will) that powerfully declares who I am it would be (Romans 8: 1), "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." All condemnation has been removed by Jesus and His finished work of the cross. Your part (and mine) is to believe and act accordingly. That's when we begin to see the power of grace overcome the power of sin in our own lives.
So stop struggling because you are struggling with sin. Instead, believe who you really are in Christ Jesus...acceptable and pleasing, God's very own righteousness. Turn the struggle into faith in Him who accepts you...not on the basis of your performance, but in and through what Jesus did on the cross.
|The War is Over: God is Not Mad, So Stop Struggling With Sin and Judgment
By Andrew Wommack
Do you still feel the guilt of past sins? Do you struggle to believe that you're really forgiven? Peace is available, because Jesus did everything for you on the cross so you could be free from judgement and fear. In The War is Over, Andrew Wommack reminds you of the extent of God's grace through Christ. As you read about all Jesus did for you, you'll be freed to receive God's blessings in a new way.