In having a conversation with someone I love, I told him how I observe that he pushes away all the good things in his life—and how he shouldn’t do that. In which he told me, “It’s because I feel like everytime something good happens in my life, I don’t deserve it.” My reply to him was simple, “Well, we don’t deserve anything, but God is good.”
Do we deserve Grace? Absolutely not—we are not worthy of it. Do we deserve good things? Nope. None of us are good, why would we?
However, God exceeds all expectations. He goes above and beyond in blessing His children because that is His nature. He is the definition of unconditional love and unrelinquished grace.
Do not push away His blessings. Receive them with a thankful heart, and never cease to give Him praise. He is worthy.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.
They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.-Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV
A few days ago, I heard someone talking about the distinction between sin-consciousness and son-consciousness. It just got me thinking that sometimes we don’t realize how powerful and debilitating shame can be when it comes to our relationship with God. Sure, when we sin the purpose of conviction is to drive us to repentance but God doesn’t want us to stay in that state of guilt. If we’re constantly looking at ourselves and how we’ve missed it, the emphasis is no longer on Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us so that we could have the freedom we aren’t capable in ourselves of attaining. It’s impossible to stand before Him with confidence if we’re constantly looking back. And if we’re not confident, it’s hard for us to draw close. See, the thing is, we’re told in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There’s no added disclaimer where we have to also do this and that, or suffer through guilt for x number of days. As soon as we come to Him with a sincere heart and say, Father I messed up- please forgive me, He does. When the devil attacks you with guilt and shame, He’s doing nothing more than showing you a picture of something that was already destroyed. God says He not only forgives our sins but BLOTS them out. (Isaiah 43:25) They don’t exist anymore and that being the case, there’s no valid reason why it should be interfering in your walk with Jesus. Let’s be SON-conscious Christians and not let the devil sway us into the dangerous territory of sin-consciousness.