Posted by: zephaniah317 | June 24, 2007

The Greatest Gift

Remember how “icky” I felt over the weekend?  Still felt the same way in church this morning.  Like I didn’t belong there…no, wait, like I shouldn’t be there.  That’s it.  My heart just didn’t feel right.  A lot of self had taken over while I was away.  Doing things and acting in ways that pointed to myself, exalting myself or wishing to be exalted more than the One who made me.  Didn’t like it.  Nosir, not one bit.

Then, in the middle of worship, while I was struggling, God spoke to my heart.  It was a sense of “hey, I’m still here, don’t worry.  We’re not separated.”

It brought to mind the verse(s) in Romans 8:

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

   They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
   We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

-Romans 8:31-39, The Message (emphasis mine)

Jesus bridged the gap.  Jesus paid the price.  It’s all on HIM.  It’s all HIS responsibility.  Nothing can get between us and God’s love.  It’s always there, just like He is.  He is love, by the way.  Nothing else is.

Now, it may feel like we’re separated from Him when we’re in the midst of tough times or dealing with sin in our lives.  But we’re not.  That’s living on feelings, and not the Truth.  (and, of course, the enemy likes to get in there and make us feel like crap, too; that’s not the Truth, either)

And I realized this morning in that moment that I’ve been living my life mostly according to my own morality.  If I screw up, then God is far away, leaves me alone ’til I get my act together.  So I usually spend days agonizing over mistakes in my life, trying to make it up to Him somehow.  It’s not like I don’t confess sin when it happens.  I think God told me this morning that I just confess it too much, that’s all.

What a gift…what a relationship!  What security!  Ain’t it awesome?!?!?

Thanks, Dad, for Your love, Your Son, and Your Holy Spirit inside me.  YOU…ARE…AWESOME!

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Responses

  1. …and the TRUTH shall set you free…

  2. Its funny how God can ‘let us off the hook’ (to coin a phrase) A LOT easier than we can ourselves. Makes me wonder…are we telling God “Your forgiveness isn’t enough…I have to forgive myself,”

  3. great post.
    It is hard to understand why we need to be reminded of this so often but I’m so glad He never gets tired of telling us again. And for me, this time He repeated Himself through a blog post. How cool is that?!


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