Have you ever said these things to yourself?:
- God could never use me.
- I’m just a regular person.
- But I come from a poor/damaged/abusive home.
- But I’ve made such terrible decisions in my life… I’ve sinned more than most people… God’s definitely ashamed of me.
BEEP! BEEP! RING THE ALARM!
Did you know the devil is a liar? (John 8:44)
Today we’re going to unpack one of the biggest lies of all, that your ability to walk in closeness with the voice of God is hinged upon your past or your “works.”
In fact, I’m very excited to tell you that if you’ve been raised that way, you’re wrong.
Why? Because freedom is coming, baby!
The Bible actually speaks heavily against a works-based life.
Matthew 6:7 states “In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.”
Ephesians 2:8 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Now what the heck is a “vain repetition?” Think, saying a prayer over and over to try and “get to God” through how “good” of a praying person you are.
Instead: Speak from the heart. God hears your prayer EVERY time, and doesn’t care about the eloquence of your speech. In fact, He’ll always meet you where you are. So get to chattin’!
Pro Tip: Remember that hearing, speaking, and building a relationship with God is just like any other relationship. The more you talk, the more you’ll get to know each other!
Next, the Word says that by grace through faith we are saved, lest we should boast. Interpreted, this suggests that if we claim that our works have anything to do with our actual salvation, it’s boasting/prideful. There’s nothing that we could have done to take the place of what Jesus did on the cross for us. Yes, we need to speak with our mouth and believe in our heart to become saved (Romans 10:9), but beyond that action, God isn’t a scorekeeper.
In fact, it says that at that time of salvation, our sins are washed away as far as the east is from the west, that He remembers our sins no more, and that He thinks of us (saved or not) more than the number of grains of sand. (Psalm 103:12, 139:18, Hebrews 8:12)
How cool is that?
So does God care what you do? Yes. But as we pursue His voice and His heart, we become more and more like our Good Shepherd.
God won’t love you more the “gooder” you are, and won’t love you any less no matter how many tragic moments you may have or choose to be part of.
We serve a loving Father who embraces us where we’re at, and wants to grow with us every minute of every day.
If you’ve never accepted Jesus into your heart, would you pray this with me?
I come to you with all my scars and failures, and I thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I believe that you died and rose again on the third day for me, and washed me clean of my past. I give you that past now, my present, and the calling of my future. I give my heart, mind, emotions, spirit, and body to you right now in full surrender and ask You to be my Lord, Father, and King. I receive the Holy Spirit as my Comforter and Guide, and Jesus as my Best Friend. Walk with me. Talk to me. I look forward to building my life with you.
In Jesus Name, Amen!
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