"Like a shepherd He will tend His flock. In His arm He will gather the lambs; And carry them in His bosom" Isaiah 40:11 I find it completely awesome that in this world, I am totally someones. Someone to love me, cherish me, discipline me (in love), someone who will never, ever, ever, leave me. Someone who calls me His very own.
Monday, November 21, 2016
"He Is All We Need" - 11/21/16 - Galatians 1-3
"If I was "trying to be good," I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work.
So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man.
Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with Him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.
My ego is no longer central.
It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace.
If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily."
I was watching a show last night and one man was explaining to another the role of the priest in the church. He said when we go to confession we walk away leaving our sins on him. He is our intercessor to God.
Upon hearing this description I realized if this were true, then Christ sacrifice on The Cross wasn't enough.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest. His taking upon Himself all of our sins, past, present, future, made the way for us to be with our ABBA. His death upon The Cross tore the curtain in two, both literally and figuratively.
I love knowing I am free to come before our ABBA at any time. any place. any way. I love knowing I am able to climb up into His lap and He holds me close. No longer separated by sin.