In the past you were slaves to sin, and you did not even think about doing right. You did evil things, and now you are ashamed of what you did. Did those things help you? No, they only brought death. Romans 6:20-21(ERV)
These ladies would ask me to do certain things and I would often acquiesce so that they would not shame me or hurt me. I felt like if I disagreed they would hate me and maybe hit me. I was in secondary school then, very little, skinny and fragile… I wasn’t really bullied, I’d rather say I allowed myself to be manipulated, even when I knew it was wrong.
I Often Remember.
Do not misunderstand me at all. I am not glorying in my misdeeds, no, God forbid! But I often like to remind myself what God saved me from just in order for me to remember humble before Him and give Him the thanks He deserves.
We need to remind ourselves what and where God saved us from. Even if you didn’t “do” before you met Christ, you were already a sinner before God, and condemned to death, everlasting death. Everyone was born into sin and whether or not we like it, we were doomed before we met with Christ.
I Am Still Amazed.
When I think of God and His love for me; the kind of love that loves unconditionally, the kind of grace that saves without looking back, the kind of mercy that is poured out with lavishly, I stand in awe!
How could God want me after everything I had done, after all the times I refused Him, after all the deaf ears I gave…
While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Romans 5:6-8 (AMP)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved… Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)
God Chose Me.
God chose me, He knew who I was and what I had done, yet He chose me. He chose me because He loves me, He saved me because He loved me, not because I deserved it, but because He loves me. I was guilty of eternal punishment, but God the judge declared me discharged and acquitted because He took my place. Hallelujah!
You did not choose me. I chose you… John 15:16 (ERV)
I Am Free!
I always count the many things He saved me from so I can attempt to give Him adequate thanks and praise, for because of Him, I am free; free from my past, free to call Him FATHER, free from sin, free from evil, free to be who He has called me to be, free from eternal condemnation, free to live here and in eternity.
If you need this freedom, please inbox me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will show you how you can be free from the judgement that must surely come. Do not join the ones that think it is all a joke… He is only being patient.
The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish (pass away) with a thunderous crash, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:9-10 (AMP)
Like Mandisa sang, there was a list a mile long of my sins, but God declared me free! I love this song with such powerful lyrics… please give God thanks with me for this freedom He graciously gave us.
Are you free?
Let us know how.
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