I've been angry this morning, feeling overwhelmed, and just cranky. I know that when I'm angry, temptation comes and hunts me down. Sometimes, like today, I run run to my Savior (wish I could say I do it every time). Here's what scripture "hit" me today.
"Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News." Colossians 1:22b-22a
Have you ever screwed up? Have you ever had the recurring thought that God is ashamed of you because you continue to screw up, despite your belief in Him and the sacrifice His Son made on the cross? I find the enemy constantly whispers in my ear that I'm a failure, that I shouldn't continue to fight and resist temptation because I failed "yesterday" and will probably fail tomorrow.
Don't believe the lie! If you have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and believe that He was raised from the dead, then God sees you as holy and blameless, "without a single fault." Let that sink in for a moment.
Not a single fault. "Not me," I say. I have lots of faults, sins, and failures: anger, lust, fear, worry, greed, and the list can go on and on.
Yet, God sees me as "without a single fault" because of what Jesus did on the cross to reconcile me to God. Jesus did this for you as well.
So, when you hear that voice telling you that you're too far gone, that you might as well "sin boldly" (I call that the "go big or go home" temptation), that you're going to fail so why try to fight it, remember the truth, dig in your heels, and stand on it: YOU ARE HOLY, BLAMELESS, AND WITHOUT A SINGLE FAULT!!!