|Posted on September 13, 2019 at 2:15 PM|
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:10
I came across this Scripture a few days ago and it has stuck with me since. “Made right with God” I continually repeat. When I make a mistake, when I say the wrong thing, when I don’t do the right thing to live a life of ease I think to myself this is not who I am, Because God said He made me right, right with Him. Then I ask myself do I honestly believe that God made me right? When I look back on all the wrong I have done in my life do I define myself with what I have done or do I define myself with who I am. More importantly whose I am.
I have lied does that make me a liar? I have stolen does that mean I am thief? I have killed does that mean I am a murderer? I have worshiped things of this world and people of this world with all my heart, mind and body does that mean I am an idolater? God said in 1 Corinthians 6:11 that “I was cleansed; I was made holy; I was made right with God when I called on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of my God.” that in that exact moment of belief I was “made right.” All bets were off. The debt was paid. Amen. Amen. Amen.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for my sin, so that I could be made right with God through Christ. Personal 2 Corinthians 5:21
The truth is God made Christ for me. For all the wrongs I would ever do in this body. He gave me an offering that would wipe me cleaner than snow whiter than wool. He made me right with Him the moment I cried out and believed that Christ did indeed pay the price for me to be in relationship with God. To talk to Him. To come near to Him. To know that I was heard. That my cries did not fall on deaf ears. That He caught and kept track of every tear. But the lie I choose to believe in for almost 40 years was I didn’t believe in His son I didn’t believe in God.
I believed I was god. My parents created me. I didn’t need a sacrifice for what I did. I simply got away with the wrong things that I did if I wasn’t caught. And when I got caught I suffered the consequence. There was no God with me His vindication didn’t come for me. It was the world that labeled my wrongs justifiable by my death. It was the world that said because you did this you don’t deserve to live and I believed that but I never did die for anything I did all ten laws I stumbled upon God never struck me down. There were times I wished I was dead. So that I wouldn’t have to live with the painful memories of this wretched life. The memories of a past I can neither undue or forget. Things at the thought of today make me sick to my stomach. I hung my head in shame and disgrace just like the world that raised me taught me to feel about the things I did made right was never a thought that came to mind.
The world identified me, labeled me by what I did not who I was so it wasn’t till I came to the Word that God told me who I was. That I was made right, from the beginning to the end of this life. Everything I had done God knew. Every place I went He was there with me. Every sin I committed was no surprise to Him. He did not intend for me to live like this but He would work it out for good, for His good purpose. I think back on the life of Paul and all his prison sentences the world labeled him a prisoner and he wore that badge proud.
Because I preach the Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the Word of God cannot be chained. So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen. 2 Timothy 2:9
He wrote letters to the people in the city that imprisoned him. The world thought that by imprisoning Paul they could imprison the Good News that at the time was against anything anyone believed in. Chaining his body in hopes of chaining his mouth, chain down what he believed in to be truth, what he hoped for that a sinner like him could be saved, was saved by God Himself. He says he was chosen. Chosen for imprisonment? Chosen to endure? Chosen to suffer? Jesus was also imprisoned, he endured and suffered for who he believed he was. Why does this offend the world for people to hope, to believe that they are children of God, an offense punishable by death. Jesus says to Paul before the sufferings he faced in Acts 9:16 “And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
Since giving my life to God I have had to suffer for being called a follower of Christ, by his name sake, a daughter of God, a sister to Christ? I watched as my worldly wealth has come and gone like waves on the shore. I have felt the sting of betrayal by Judas himself. The scales of the rose colored lenses I used to view the world through when it revolved around me have been removed from my eyes and now I walk humbly knowing that at any moment in a second in the blink of an eye I could get a call, read a text, learn the news, that everything, everything I built my life on is a lie. And this experience as painful as it has been as taught me that the only truth I know anymore is the Word of God. The only thing I put my trust in is God. I have witnessed the fall and destruction and devastation of people closet to me and watched helplessly as the enemy divided the plunder up for destruction one by one before my eyes while I wept and pleaded for answers that would satisfy.
And still here I am hanging onto this hope that God is merciful, that God saves, God revives, that God made me right. That He raises people from the dead because I saw Him do it with my own eyes. That what was once an addiction to feeding the flesh can be replaced with an addiction to doing good- a “slave to righteous living” Romans 6:19 calls it. That a sinner can be shown mercy and saved from the penalty because the price has already been paid. That the only way I could be sinless was if there was no law to break Romans 4:15. That I am to live by faith 2 Corinthians 5:7 trusting through Christ that God did what He said He would do to make me right. John 14:1 Luke 1:45
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People who are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life for them, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Romans 3:26
There is a belief I have with my whole heart that I made right with God in spite of the sins of my past, present and future. That in this present moment He made me right because I believe in what his Son did. I do not believe that God in His sovereign wisdom makes mistakes. I don’t believe He made me by accident, just stumbled upon me. I know He made me specifically for just a time like this, He planned out each of my days including the ones that I wasn’t perfect. He made me with purpose to serve His purpose Psalm 57:2 and everything He makes is right, flaws and all. The world taught me to believe from birth that I was an unwanted mistake. That nothing good could come from me because nothing good can come from someone that this world has labeled not good and so that was what I was. But God rejected the world’s accusations of me. Zechariah 3:2
God used the wisdom of the world to disprove the worldview of me 1 Corinthians 1:19. Through His Word God spoke so clearly “You are not what you do”. A liar gave birth to a nation. A thief stole a birthright. A murderer can lead a nation. An adulterer can become king. The weak are mighty. The humble are great. A prisoner can live his life in chains and set the captives free with the words I speak through Him. All because God made them right.
He said through Jeremiah 31:36-37 “I am as likely to reject you as I am to abolish the laws of nature!” He said “I will not consider casting you away for the evil you have done.” He goes onto say through Jeremiah 33:25 that He would no more reject me than he would change the laws that govern night and day, earth and sky. He would never abandon me or change His plan for me. Instead He would restore me and have mercy on me. Things the world never once said to me. He casted out my sin each one when he said you are not a liar, you are not a thief, you are not a cheater, you are not a murderer. You are mine a child of the Most High. Isaiah 43:1 Psalm 82:6 You are my child when you are raised by Me. Proverbs 4:10
I don’t make thieves, liars, cheaters, murderers I make human beings. Who you are is not what you have done. You have done many things and I sent my son to forgive you for each one. The one you need to forgive is yourself for believing the lie that you are what you do a label the world gave you but the world did not create you, I did. My son was handed over to death in exchange for all the things you would do. I traded his life for your life because you are precious to me. You are honored and I love you. Isaiah 43:4 I did this just so that you might know the truth, that you are who I say you are and I say you are made right. You are not what this world says you are because you are not a “what” you are a who.
With a deep sigh I look over at my own son and know firsthand not everything he does is right but that doesn’t change his name, my son. That doesn’t change my unfailing unconditional love for him. I ache for him when he has to suffer the consequence of the things he does that are not right but that doesn’t mean I ever look at him and think I did not make him right. He is made right. Wonderfully, fearfully right.
So I stopped believing with all my heart in what this world taught me to believe and I started believing in who God said of me. That I am made right. That doesn’t mean that the things I do will always be right but I am being made right and being made is not the same as done, if He was done with me I certainly wouldn’t be here with you but even I know He still has some work to do and I am good with that.