The other day my Mother & I were out in a very busy city right in the midst of rush hour. Our nerves that day were a bit shot & weary from a very stressful week, so we were on edge. As we were pulling out of a shopping center, I turned on the worship music we’d been listening to that day. I didn’t realize it was a few notches too loud, & since it was a recording of an actual live worship performance, you could hear some screams from the audience. WELL. Mom wasn’t quite ready for that scream & needless to say, nearly shot through the roof from being startled. 😦 This unfortunately led into an argument, which is quite rare for my Mom & I. It was one of those arguments where it ended up with us switching the radio on & off several times & saying some pretty rude things. (It’s hilarious thinking about it now, actually. ☺) I’m the type of person who after saying something mean, clams up for a bit because she feels so awful about it. This is where satan really tried to play on my mind. “You are a terrible person! So inconsiderate! So selfish! How dare you even think God cares about you when you act like this??!—& towards your own Mother!!! YOU, righteous?! There’s a laugh! You’re worthless.” Ten minutes later, we were both breaking down in tears in the Kroger parking lot, apologizing, hugging & I was professing what a bad person I was & all these lies I’d bit into on the way to the store. What’s pretty funny is that I KNEW these were lies, but because I was choosing to focus on me & how bad I was, I didn’t care & decided to go with the lies anyway. MISTAKE. (Thank goodness for God’s grace & patience.)
How many of us are so like that though? We know the truth but get so caught up in focusing how “bad” we are, we just go along with the lie anyway. It opened my eyes more to the truth than ever. In the moments where we feel the worst about ourselves or a certain issue, that’s when we need to focus upon the truth more than ever. We ARE righteous. We ARE holy. We ARE loved. We ARE God’s beloved. God is NOT mad at us. We ARE perfected in Christ. When God looks at us, He sees His son, Jesus. Not us, not our faults, not our short comings or failures. No, He sees His precious Son. Let that sink in.
Focusing on us & what we did isn’t going to make us feel any better. It will only bring us down more into a pit of condemnation. It’s in these moments where quoting, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” is so imperative! It’s not about what we “do” or how “bad” we are. It’s all about what Jesus has already done & how good HE is! It is in that moment of feeling so unworthy that we need to remember we ARE worthy because of the finished work of Christ & what He did for us & all mankind on the cross.
This doesn’t just apply to “in the car arguments over the radio” situations either. 😉 We all have certain issues or areas we struggle with daily & become weary from. No matter what it is or how impossible it may look, God’s grace is sufficient & NOTHING is impossible with Him. Beholding the truth is the key. Whether it’s an addiction, an illness, a financial struggle or something as seemingly petty as a person that just gets on your nerves the wrong way, let Jesus take care of it & rest in His perfect love for you. What you focus on the most will manifest in your life. What you believe will in turn dictate how you live your life. One verse that has been so encouraging to me & has helped me in so many various ways is 1 John 4:17.
“By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”
Mediate on that. As JESUS is, so are WE. So, does Jesus have good health? Yes. Then so do we. Is Jesus Holy? Yes. Then so are we. Is Jesus righteous? Yes. Then so are we. Is Jesus loving? Yes. Then so are we. Is Jesus favored? Then so are we. How beautiful & encouraging is that?!
I could go on & on. So, it isn’t about us, our behavior or our works. It’s all about Jesus. It’s because of Him that we are righteous, holy, perfected, God’s beloved & blameless. No matter what we do or how we feel, we are always in right standing with God because as Jesus is, so are we in this world.
What will you choose to believe today? Truth, or fiction?