Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 9: Oh, But What I've Done (or Not Done)

Jen FinalI’m wondering today if there are any of you reading that might think that you are unable to hear His voice because He just wouldn’t answer you.  Perhaps you think He might not talk to you because you hear lies like this:



You’ve done some really crazy-bad things in your life and you are just not worthy to approach Him.

You are insignificant.  Why would He bother turning His ear to you?

You’ve just recently started talking to Him and it takes years of good works and praying to capture His attention.

If you believe any of those statements above, spend some time thinking about these words from scripture:

“Then Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’”  Luke 7: 48  (Click here for the full story.)
The Psalmist says, "He (God) has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west."  (Psalm 103: 12)

“So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”  Matthew 10: 31

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”  Ephesians 2: 8-9

Challenge:  Do you feel unworthy to hear the voice of God?  Do you feel that you are undeserving of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction?  Do you struggle with the fact that God really can and does forgive you, no matter the heinousness of the sin?  Do you feel that you have to earn His presence?  Whatever you struggle with, be honest with those feelings in front of God.  Then, write one of the above scriptures on an index card (or another scripture that you might have found that speaks to your heart) and tape it in a place that you will see it multiple times a day.  Begin committing it to memory.

Linking today with Michelle at Graceful for Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday
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6 comments :

  1. I did my first homework assignment from you TODAY (you know, the one you gave me in Bible study). It was very, very hard. Clearly, I need to work on thinking GOOD thoughts about myself. Thanks for the assignment!

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  2. "Do you struggle with the fact that God really can and does forgive you, no matter the heinousness of the sin?" This was me for many years.. I didn't know that God would really forgive for I had broken a commandment, several times. I thought I had blown it. I am hard headed so something had to knock me down. I hope no one ever has to go through what I did, having a stroke, but as soon as I was conscious I believed that I was forgiven, a second chance. Then confirmation when studying Jeremiah and of course Luke 7:36-50. Now I am in constant relationship with the Lord and memorizing His word.
    Thanks for this post! Have a great day!!

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  3. Those thoughts creep into my head all the time. But, I do know Truth, and it has set me free!

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  4. This is one of my new favorite blogs! Thanks for all the work you do...

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  5. and yet there's truth in the lies...we are completely unworthy, unclean...we are a people who've been forgiven much, so let us love much...it's all by His Grace, rest in that.

    When satan stands to accuse me, I picture myself saying, "Is that all you've got? I've done ever so much more sin than that...but by His Grace, I rise."

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  6. Absolutely, I've spent a lot of time unlearning the notion that I had to somehow "earn" God's love and forgiveness. Grace was such a hard concept for me to wrap my mind (and heart) around. But yes, I know he forgives and loves all...no matter what!

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