There is an incredible truth that has become so real recently. Something I struggled to grasp for years. Something that I caught hold of at times, but that other times eluded me. Something that has finally made it from my head to my heart for good.
This changed my life, you guys. Are you ready for it?
It’s simply this: God is for us.
I was thinking back on it yesterday and then I saw the words come across my Instagram feed this morning, and I knew I needed to give voice to some thoughts, even if the words aren’t flowing as beautifully as I’d like today.
So here goes…
God is not standing there with His arms crossed, disappointed and waiting to angrily berate us when we can’t “do all the things.”
Did you know that? I mean really know that?
God is not waiting for you to mess up so He can beat you over the head with a Bible.
And grace? Grace is not saying a prayer once in order to secure a place in heaven … and then wearily and hopelessly slogging through a list of things to accomplish for the rest of your days in an effort to maintain that place. If you’re doing that, you’re missing the point. (I spent many a year saved but somehow missing the point, just so you know. Some of us aren’t as quick on the uptake, and that’s okay.)
Grace is not only for salvation; it’s divine enablement each and every day of your life.
The Cross is just as much for today as it was for the day you were saved.
Yes, you will fall. Yes, you will sin. Yes, you will need to repent—over and over (and over and over) again. So do it. Then get up and move on. Stop living in the past. Stop living in condemnation. You are forgiven. You are free.
There is grace for you.
God is not against you.
“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
“The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still” (Exodus 14:14).
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God” (Isaiah 41:10).
Here’s what especially blows me away…
God loves us so much that He WANTS us to succeed. He tenderly dusts us off when we fall. He cheers us on with each step we take. His incredible Spirit is working in us and through us, enabling us to run the race—and victoriously taking us from glory to glory.
Go read 2 Peter 1:3, Hebrews 13:20-21 and 2 Corinthians 3:18 for a minute. I’ll wait.
Okay, are you back? Now let me reiterate that last part: The Holy Spirit is working in us and through us, enabling us to run the race—and victoriously taking us from glory to glory.
Typically, I’m a wallower. When I mess up, I feel so awful that I stay there. But y’all, we don’t have to live in defeat. (This had me dancing around my kitchen, in case you were wondering.) This fills me with such gratitude, such awe, such confidence, and such HOPE!
No matter what battles we face, no matter what weaknesses we struggle with, no matter how far we’ve fallen, God is FOR us. Let that sink in for a moment. The God who created the entire universe is for YOU!
When we grab hold of this truth, our lives will turn upside-down.
Walk confidently in His love today!
P.S. Here’s a song. Because it’s on repeat around here at the moment and because it’s good: