I’m speechlessly standing in awe of the ferocity of God’s Grace and His abundance of love for us. For me. It’s simply overwhelming.
I’ve been wandering through the house, cleaning and doing laundry as I’ve pondered today’s reading and the dream I had last night and how they seem so interlocked and yet completely separate from each other. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to start today’s post and couldn’t come up with anything. I read one of my devotionals in my email and it talked about sacrificing hearing from God for our works. This one really hit me. How much have I been doing this lately? I’ve been concentrating so hard on doing things for God that I haven’t been really thinking that much about just hanging out with God, you know, just talking with Him. Sometimes, that’s OK, life requires that we move quickly. But at least once in awhile we’ve got to stop all the madness and check in with Love Himself. And it made me realized that I couldn’t remember the last time that I had lay down and spent some serious time praying and soaking in the Love of Christ. Suddenly, I realized that I really miss Him. So I walked away from the computer and my Bible and, yes, even my phone (gasp) and I went into my bedroom to pray. I told Him that I had come in, hoping for answers to my questions, but yet above that I had come in just to be with Him. I then poured out my heart to Him, everything that had been on my mind, all my questions, fears and worries; even my frustrations and the things in the last few days that had really bugged me. I didn’t realize how bottled up I had been until it all came pouring out one thing after another. The whole time He said nothing, He just sat there intently listening. He loves to listen to me talk.
Then, when I had emptied myself of words, He showed me a picture of a scroll filled with a lifetime list of sins that unrolled and ran the entire length of His throne room, out the door and out of sight. He held the scroll up and said, “When Jesus was crucified, had you been born yet?”
“No” I replied.
“If you hadn’t been born had you committed any of these crimes against the kingdom yet?”
“No” I replied.
“Yet you believe that Jesus died on that cross to pay for these sins correct?”
“Yes, with my whole heart.”
“Your whole heart? Really? Interesting.” And then He opened up His book to Romans 3:22-26
“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
God held out His book to me and pointed to the phrase, “passed over former sins”. He said to me, “Tell Me, if I was able and willing to pass over the sins people committed before Jesus died am I then not able or willing to do it for those sins that have not yet been committed? Am I, being an eternal God, not able to see them all from here on my throne outside of time and space? No My dear, it is only you that can not see your future sins. I have already seen them and have already forgiven them.”
And as He spoke the word “forgiven”, the blood of Jesus ran down the scroll from top to bottom erasing each and every black mark that had scarred the perfect white parchment. All the way from the top to the bottom, the marks that my life had written, were erased, forgotten; to be remembered no more.
“My Beloved children, if I remember your sins no more, why do you? If I hold them against you no longer, why do you? If I see you as white as this scroll, then why can’t you? When will you realize that I’ve made you new? It’s not a process, it’s already finished. The process is you renewing your mind and learning how to live in this new Life of Light and Love. Take hold of every thought and bring it into the captivity of Christ. Hold every thing up to the Light of My word. Do you know what that means? It means pair everything up with a scripture. My book is filled with My promises for My people, look them up! Read the stories, study the meanings, learn My Truths and throw out the many many many lies of religion and the world.
Life isn’t about you. It’s all about Me. It’s always been about Me and it will always be about Me, I’m God. Period. When you read the Bible you will find story after story about person after person. The Bible isn’t about those people. It’s about ME and My activity and presence in the lives of those people, My people. What I was willing and able to do for them, pass over their sins, I am absolutely willing and able to do for you.
Think about it for just a minute. If I was willing to give them forbearance on their sins until Christ had died, how much more do you think I am willing to give you credit for His sacrifice???
My precious one, I stand outside of time and look at all of it. As far as I’m concerned it’s all already happened. You stand on the inside of time. You can only see things from the moment you’re standing in. Think about this, What happened to you three years ago looks a lot differently now than it did when it happened or even two years ago. Your perspective changes as time goes by. Mine never does, because I never move. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. You change constantly, with every breath your cells die and multiply, your hair falls out and grows in, your tastes are always changing, everything about you in is in a state of constant change. But I never do, just your opinion of Me and My ways.
My lovely, you have always been forgiven. You may have been conceived in sin, but you were born forgiven. Even Abraham couldn’t say that. When you were a child, you thought like a child and reasoned like a child and believed everything that everyone told you. Now you are grown and thinking for yourself. Think on this. Are you to the point in time where you are able to accept this Truth? You have been redeemed, you have been made new, and you are a NEW creation in Christ. Are you ready to live in that Light? Are you ready to grasp onto that Truth and never let go no matter how hard the Accuser tries to convince you otherwise? There is no greater truth than My love for you through the sacrifice and forgiveness of Jesus, if you cling to that Truth your face will never be covered with shame. There is no greater picture of My love for you than His blood dripping down the cross and the stone rolled away from the empty grave. I think Paul summarizes it best in 1 Corinthians 13:13 ‘So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’ A mustard seed of faith can move a mountain, and hope can get you through some really rough times, but My Love is the only thing that can save you. My Love for you is greater than anything else you could ever hope, dream or imagine. My Love for you goes so much farther than you could ever think possible.
You think that being completely forgiven is so huge, too huge, unbelievable; you know nothing. My Love for you surpasses anything you could ever do against Me. My Love for you supersedes anything that Satan could throw in your path. My Love for you is higher than any obstacle that you could ever encounter. My Love for you is wider than any gap that could span between us, even the one you have built up in your mind. My Love can reach you wherever you are. My Love can forgive any wrong you could ever commit. My Love can, has, and will continue to redeem you. REST assured that your salvation, your blessings, your calling, your provision, your future, your life, your possessions, your family, your everything, is secure in My hands. YOUR name is engraved in the palms of My hands written with the tips of nails, I couldn’t forget you even if I tried. No one, not even you, can snatch you from My hands. So lie down and sleep in peace, because I alone, the LORD, make you dwell in safety.”