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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Reality Check

I sometimes struggle with feelings of guilt and shame, past hurts rear their ugly heads and cause great distress. When I allow myself dwell on these things, they can take over and my judgement gets clouded. When this happens I need to do a reality check. Who am I? Really? Well, Gods word puts it quite plainly for me and for all who have accepted Christ in (Romans 8: 1-2 )1"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.") I've been set free. When we accept Christ the Word says: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) That means our old self, the one that is filled with fear, shame and guilt is gone and in its place is a new person, this new creation is one filled with the presence of Christ and desire to Live for Him. God absorbs ALL of our sin through the work Jesus did on the cross. He made this way for us. When I invited Jesus into my heart...He came, He lives in all who have asked Him to come. so who am I? I am the living body of Christ, His dwelling place, His temple. Sure I'm still a sinner, we all are, but in Christ I know my sins are forgiven, and knowing that this is possible only because God loves us so much that He sent His son to pay the debt of sin for us. God's word tells us so in (Romans 5: 8) "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." When we understand just what a gift this is, it helps us see who we really are, New creatures in Christ, alive in Him, loved by Him, and precious to Him. So when negativity tries to take over...I do this reality check, I am no longer a prisoner of my past, but a new creature in Christ. Thank You Jesus!


Anonymous said...

I have found that when I actually stand up for Christ and invite other people to know more about him that is often when I get discouraged or saddened. Because I see this gap or this division I have with others. I wish others would just welcome an opportunity to learn about the gospel.
It often seems easier to not show my faith, like that I can get along with others without having to worry about others rejecting me or God.

Mary Dreisbach said...

Thank you for this comment...I think this is a struggle that we all face at times...Let's put it in perspective...When we chose to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we chose to follow Him. Look at all the ridicule that Jesus endured as a man. He was able to endure it because He knew for whom He was living. If we think about it, should we be more worried about what man thinks of us? or what God thinks of us? Gods word says that in this life there will be many trials...He doesn't sugar coat it at all. But He also says that our rewards will be great, and He showers us with His grace everyday. May our faith in our Mighty God be bigger than all our fears! Trusting that He will provide the strength for us to endure our own individual crosses.