Sinner? Who Me?

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, for welfare not for calamity to give you a future and hope".

Failure is not final nor is it fatal. Romans 3:23 says that we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Not the word "all". Everyone is a sinner, some are lucky enough to be saved by Grace. Those who have repented and taken the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior now have the Son, Jesus Christ, intervening on their behalf to the Father, God! (Romans 8:34)

Correction is not rejection it is simply direction. Sometimes it is hard to believe that correction, is not rejection, due to the way it is given. Ephesians 4:32 says that we are to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. My hope is that we all remember this a little quicker and treat each other the way we wish to be treated. Matthew 7:1 is pretty direct and clear, "judge not, that you be not judged". Our judgment is almost laughable when you truly think about it. One sinner judging another sinner; really. However, God's judgment will be no laughing matter. I, personally, am trying to be an umbrella to my friends. Protecting them from the elements of this world and walking with them through the correction stages to provide support and love as we all maneuver the stages of growth in our spiritual walk.

Guilt is not a state where you should remain. You can't truly learn from your mistakes if you wallow in them and do not accept the fact that we all have sinned. 1 John 1:9 makes it clear that if we freely admit that we have sinned and have confessed our sin that God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He, God, goes a step further in Isaiah 44:4 when he says that "I, only I, am he who wipes out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins."

Unlike society, God does forgive and forget. So, why are you holding onto the guilt of a confessed and forgiven sin (transgression)? Follow God's lead and leave it in the sea of forgetfulness and as stated in Psalms 103:12 "as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." That is quite the distance to cover just to hand on to something that Jesus doesn't remember.

Finally, God doesn't make junk. He is the God of signs and wonders. He creates sunsets, visions of beauty, and even in tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, you can see his power and authority over the world so why would we not include ourselves in his list of masterpieces. Psalms 139:14 states "we are all fearfully and wonderfully made." I checked the small print and there are no exceptions to this verse. ALL MEANS ALL!

I realize that some are still battling with the doubt that presents itself with the rationale of "but you don't know what I have done!" God knows!! Psalms 147:5 tells us that great is our Lord and might in power; his understanding has no limit. We have to remember to not put the limitations of this earth unto God, he has no limitations. Learning to be heavenly-minded is not easy and I battle with it often but changing your thought pattern and remembering God's greatness is infinite may be a ton of work but it is oh so rewarding as you begin to grasp the concept.

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, the mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."

There are many more verses that tell us how special, unique and wonderful we are to God and none have exceptions. Give yourself a break, stop thinking God works by the standards of our lost work, look at yourself and say out loud, I am forgiven, God loves me and I am wonderfully made. Repeat it until you believe it and then repeat it again daily or hourly; as required.

Fill the Universe with these uplifting and wonderful words, you might just start the next revival.

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