“Often, I struggle to believe, Lord, that you have forgiven me. The person I was before I accepted you into my heart died with you on Calvary. And the new person I am now rose with you to live a new life free from sin's condemnation. I'm free of who I was, but I don't feel it. I'm burdened every day with remembrances of my failures—with feelings that I can never be good enough. My mind sometimes spins trying to figure out what one more thing I can do to please you so I can believe you have forgiven me."
Child, there is nothing more for you to do please me! I loved you enough to give my life for you. The moment you accepted me in your heart, I took your sin. It is gone. You received my innocent life—my righteousness. I have accomplished the work to be free from sin. Each day since that moment I gave you my guiltless life, has been a spiritual journey to convince you of that fact. That is why I had Peter to tell you, “Don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books" (2 Peter 1:5-9, MSG).
Child, did you hear what I had Peter say? Without this spiritual growth, you will be oblivious to the fact that your sinful life is gone. No debt. You owe nothing. You are clean. You are free. You have no sin. There is not one thing that you have to "do" to please me! "Be" who I have made you. Allow me to build understanding in your mind of who you are now until you believe. Yield to my Spirit.
The night before I died I told my disciples, “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also similar. When I see you again, you’ll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you. You’ll no longer be so full of questions” (John 16:21-23, MSG)!
Your new life in me wipes out your memory of the pain! I don't condemn you with memories of sin, child! I convince you daily of my righteousness in you. That is spiritual growth in me! When you understand who you are in me, you walk in the freedom that I imparted to you the moment you invited me into your life.
My grace nurtures your understanding! Grow in it! Contemplate the faith by which you were saved by allowing my Holy Spirit access to convince your mind of who you are—by allowing the loving discipline of my father to persuade you of your true identity in me. With these qualities Peter wrote about spiritually coming alive in you, each day will reward you as you mature. You will be more sensitive to my Spirit. You will know my voice. You will no longer have questions that create fear and rob you of my peace. You will have my joy that NO ONE can take from you!
I want you convinced in the spirit of your mind who you are in my love. I yearn for you to have a revelation of what my Grace has done for you. When you look at my work on Calvary through my eyes, you will see. Come. Allow me to teach you.
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