Confession 217: I Believe in God But…I’m Not Good Enough

My husband has been doing a message series entitled I Believe in God But….  This past Sunday the focus was on the feeling of not being good enough for God.  As human beings, we all have a past.  We all have moments in our lives we are not proud of, things we have done that have pulled us away from God rather than drawing us nearer.  “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  If God were human he would be sorely disappointed.  And yet we know that God is not human.  God created all things and is above all things.  All nations and principalities will one day bow down to him.  He sits enthroned on High.  Nothing can shake his foundations.  And, nothing can take away his great love for us.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
   “For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:33-37

Jesus Christ himself is interceding on our behalf to God the Father!!  It is the reason he came into this world–the reason he suffered and died–the reason he rose from the dead.  God LOVES us!!  God WANTS us!!  God REDEEMS us, including our “pasts”.  God doesn’t care who we were, he cares about who we will become in him.  He has a plan for our future that he is focused on.  Jesus wiped our pasts away; they have been flung into the depths of the sea.  God doesn’t dwell on them, why should we?

This is a great video from Tony Campolo addressing this very issue.  He gives a great analogy of what happens to our “past”.  I’m linking up with Michelle at Graceful today!

Blessings and Peace,

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