Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gee, Did I Do That? – Part 2

Sometimes you need to start over so you can do it right! – Sonny McDonald

God's grace erases our past so that we can start over with a clean slate from moment to moment. It's a pity that sometimes we hang on desperately to the past and get weighed down by past sins and experiences, and we wonder why we are not moving forward. God has a great plan for us, but He always puts the new thing out of reach of the old, forcing us to let go in faith in order to move on towards His perfect will for our lives. I once heard someone say: "If the horse has been dead for years, get off..." – Lize van Wyck

Keep thinking about those two quotes from Part 1.  But add a quote that Tully NewsInfo shared on Facebook.  It speaks directly to part of today’s topic.  It says, “If you make friends with yourself, you will never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz.

I help out at my church and do some counseling, among other things.  I also communicate with Christians all over the world, from various churches.  One of the blessings of Blackberry Messaging and social media.   One thing I see consistently is people not forgiving their own issues, when they don’t understand God’s grace and love.  Which, when it’s appropriate, gets me to ask them three questions.  Is there any sin in their past that Jesus didn’t go to the cross for?  Is there any sin in their present that Jesus didn’t cover on the cross?  Are any of their future sins exempt from being paid for by Jesus’ death?

The answer to all three of those questions is that all sin is covered by the cross.  And, by condemning ourselves, we are very subtly saying that we can perform some sin God won’t cover.  Which makes God a liar.  Which He’s not.  That thought generally will jolt people into reality.  But I add an illustration that puts it all in proper perspective.

The Trinity met together in eternity past to hammer out the details of God’s plan for our salvation.  So, at some point, Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen, why, and for whom.  I like to draw a word picture from that reality.  Jesus thinking, while on the cross, “________ is in trouble, he needs My help.  I’m here  because I love and want to help _______ be free of that sin problem.”.  Insert that person’s name for the blank.  That highlights how personal Jesus is in His sacrifice.  To balance that out, I’ll mention that there still may be consequences to wrong decisions, but no eternal condemnation if they accept what Jesus did for their salvation.

This is where those quotes we started with become so important.  Because, with salvation, God reinvents us.  When 2Corinthians and Galatians speak of a “new creature”, that describes our reinvention.  God’s grace changes us from undesirable to being flawless in God’s eyes, without fault.  Our Old Sin Nature has some catching up to do.  But the new reality is that we are perfect in God’s sight.

That doesn’t eliminate earthly accountability.  However, we can look at our experience like our nature is an onion.  The old layers keep getting stripped away.  Till, when we go into eternity, we’re pared down to a core being that displays the perfection of God’s creation and nothing else.

God’s grace and salvation reinvents us so we can start over.  It makes us into something far better than what we see.  Far better than what we could ever otherwise think we are.  When we become our own friend, we always have ourselves and God for company. And we can think of ourselves as God sees us.  We become the “apple” or fond glimmer in God’s eye.  And the one thing God wants to be kept as only His.

Deuteronomy 32:9-10 (KJV)  For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.  He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

No matter whether we’ve already accepted God’s salvation or not, isn’t that reinvention what we really want and need in our lives?  As a believer we can study God’s Word and really learn how important we are to God.  And, if we haven’t yet accepted that gift  of salvation, we can do that now, just by a simple decision.  And then we can learn more. 

The most important decision we can ever make is whether or not we will be with God for eternity or totally separated from Him eternally.  We’re never promised any more time than what we’ve been given up to this very moment.  So, there’s no better time to make that decision than right now.

If you decided to become a child of God, contact us with an email address.  We’d love to share further with you the importance of that decision and some further steps to help you grow in the Lord.

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