Jesus: Our Righteousness (#cmdevo #YouAreFlawless)

Read John 3:16, Acts 2:21, 1 Peter 2:24, Romans 3:22, 4:24-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21.
This week, I am starting a new series that aims to empower us women to be all that we should be in Christ. For the first few weeks, I want to dive into why and how Christ’s sacrifice makes us “flawless” and what our part is in that. From there, we can claim important and strengthening identities to carry us in our walk and be encourage by our relationship with God.

First, there’s a matter of accepting and believing in Jesus Christ. For a nonbeliever this means opening up your heart and mind to the gospel, confessing your sins, believing in Jesus’ sacrifice, and asking Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior. For a believer this is something to be reminded of everyday, always having a humble attitude of repentance.

Now, as we discover our identity in the Lord we must understand that we are loved by God. It is evident in the fact that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins – each and every one of them – so that we might be reconciled to Him. Jesus, a perfect human who sinned not once, was the only sacrifice worthy and able to cover the sins of the whole world. When Jesus died on the cross, so did our every sin – past, present, and future – and we are no longer bound to our sins. Our sins no longer define us.

When we accept Christ, we share in his death. And when we died with Christ, we also rose with Christ. Christ being righteousness, we are also righteous.

We are no longer prostitutes, alcoholics, criminals, or adulterers. We are no longer lost, impure, unworthy, or unholy. We are named by God and God calls us righteous, blameless, and flawless because of Christ.

Devotional Series: You Are Flawless by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #YouAreFlawless)

Posted by: Victoria // Personal // Color Movement 

You are Complete (#cmdevo #YouAreFlawless)

Read: Psalm 23

In this day in age we tend to find ourselves always racing to the next moment, searching and looking to achieve the next goal, in the hopes of becoming more of who we are or who we think we should be. We think new opportunities and life events will make us happier and make us better, though we fail to really enjoy our accomplishments and instead look for the next thing.

In this way, we often look to a myriad of things and other people to satisfy us and, ultimately, to complete us.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” (Psalm 23:1)

With the Lord by our side as our shepherd, we shall not be in want, because He provides for us everything we need to be complete that we may look for in other things. We look for love and safety in a relationship. We look for trust among friends. We look for acknowledgment and success from our education. We look for providence that comes with money.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3)

God completes us with rest and restoration.

“He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3).

God completes us with his divine guidance.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4).

God completes us with his company and comfort during hard times.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Psalm 23:5).

God completes us with his acknowledgment of us, presenting us as important, even over our enemies.

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:5-6).

God completes us with his anointing, his blessing, and his promise that we have the opportunity to be with him forever.

What are you lacking? What are you searching for in other things? Are you looking for love? God loves you and thinks highly of you (see Psalm 139). Are you looking for a friend? God will walk with you. Are you looking for finances to come through? God will provide enormously. Are you looking for a life of meaning? You can have that when you seek and dwell with the Lord.

With God you are complete. With no other thing can you confidently say that.

Devotional Series: You Are Flawless by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #YouAreFlawless)

Posted by: Victoria // Personal // Color Movement