Do I believe that the promises of God apply to me?
Do I believe it when God says that He saved us not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy, or that He has washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
Do I believe that “Our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.”
Do I believe that it isn’t about what I do or what I have done, how hard I work, that it isn’t about God’s approval of me. That none of that matters to God, that I am counted righteous not because of my work, but because of my faith in God who forgives sinners – me being just that – a sinner, and that I am His regardless of how often I fail and mess up and fall short, that regardless of all of my past, present and future mistakes He loves me? Do I believe this or do I just mouth the words “I believe” but not really receive it.
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. Romans 4:16
Do I have faith? Do I believe in the promises given to me or am I letting my head rule and reason out all the ways I am not worthy of this promise, this free gift. It is a way of thinking that is so contradictory to the way I have been taught to think, the way the world tells me I should think.
“So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, Abraham entered into what God was doing for him and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.” Romans 4:1-3 The Message
Joy’s story says I need to work on myself before I can get right with God but God says come as you are, let me work on you, trust me to help you. I want to enter into what God is doing for me and trust that He, God will set me right instead of trying to do it on my own, Lord knows I’ve tried that enough times and the result is never good.
I don’t need to just know these promises I need to believe these promises, have faith in these promises; stop thinking if I did or do or if I am or was something else I’d be better at this and God would be happier with me, love me as much as He loves the other guy – my friend that’s a better Christian, a better believer than I am.
This is my turning point, realizing that God’s promises are for me and that I have to do nothing other than what I do every day – be the Jesus loving girl that I am. That I just say yes, every day to God and receive the gift, the free gift that God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin and I am made right when I believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. That God, with undeserved kindness, declares that I am righteous through Christ Jesus.
Today’s the day. Today going forward I am walking by faith, in faith, believing the promises of God are not just for the other guy but for me too.