I may have bad, mad, or sad moments. But I can’t go by what I experience in this world or the emotions I feel. Those moments and the feelings they evoke are not the truth about my life. I choose to not live by what I feel. I choose to live by what God reveals is true about me in His Word. I choose to believe that my unworthy sinful nature has been crucified with Christ, and Christ has given me His new life. He has given me His righteousness (Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21).
This truth is not just for a moment. It is my state of being. I choose to believe the truth of who Jesus says I am. I have no reason to live by what I feel. I am new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). All the old in life that condemned me is forever gone. Jesus has presented me without fault or blemish or debt to the Father. That is not just a feeling. That is not just a moment. That is the truth. And that one moment which took place over two thousand years ago changed everything for me. My flesh—the feelings of the old person that I once was, will not control me. It is Christ who lives in me. I choose to live by His faith (Galatians 2:20). I will walk by His faith and not by what I experience in this life (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Blessed is the man who will not be charged with the debt of sin (Romans 4:8). The flesh will continually try to claim me all the days of my life. But Jesus died for all my sins. He paid the debt that was against me long before I was even born. He died for the sins I committed in my past, and the sins I will commit now and, in my future (Hebrew 10:10-14). If I think that I alone can live a sinless life, then I have made the grace of Christ of no worth (Galatians 2:21). It is only Christ living in me who lives a holy life. I choose to surrender to the righteousness He has imputed to me. I choose grace over sin because His grace abounds so much more (Romans 5:20).
I was dead, but now I live. I was in sin and broken, but now I am forgiven and whole. I have no reason to live in shame. I have no reason to fear. I have no reason to worry. He is my living hope (1 Peter 1:3). I am safe. I am victorious in His love for me. It is who I am. Christ within me—His Word within me—is life and peace. He is my hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
I have one moment that cost Him everything. It was not just a moment in time. It was the moment that everything changed. And that one moment is true for me from now to eternity. I am His.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher