Jesus loves me. This I know. Not just ‘cuz the Bible tells me so, but because I have had (way too many) personal experiences with Him that have cemented this truth in my heart.
Y’all just yesterday, while tuned into service I heard myself say, mehn God who am I that you are so mindful of me? Like wow God you really do see me. The creator of the heavens and the earth heard the groaning of my heart, felt what I was feeling through the course of the week, heard my scathing thoughts, and in response turned His face toward me, and in the person of Robert Madu confirmed everything that He had been saying to me all week. I gotta say, I had a John resting on Jesus’ bosom moment, and it was something beautiful.
You are probably reading this like errrrrr okay?
Well here is the thing. This past week, a mistake I made many years ago, kept playing in my head over and over again. It played on and on, just like a broken record player, singing the broken tunes of a broken soul. It was annoying, and highly irritating. It was critical, and condemning. It went as far as making me question the authenticity of my Christianity, and I found myself grappling with doubt, and the gut wrenching possibility that God had not forgiven me, and that I maybe wasn’t even worthy of it.
But then I read 1 John 1:9, if we freely admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness. Then there is 2 Cor. 5:17, therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature (reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit); the old things have passed away. Behold new things have come. All this truth, and there I was piling up stones to throw at myself.
The Bible talks about how the entrance of God’s word gives light, and that is exactly what happened to me in this instance. Right when I looked up (to God), my focus shifted from my feelings, to His faithfulness. It was for me a stark reminder that the devil is a brat, and even though he has no new tricks, and is already defeated, he is a con artist, and ceaselessly roams the earth in search of who to deceive.
I can’t be the only one that has had this broken record experience. Yes, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but then JESUS…and that’s all folks! No additions!
Please do not let the devil trick you into believing that you do not have what is already yours. The precious blood of Jesus has spoken for you. Whoever you were, whatever you did, remember the time Jesus gave His last breath for you. Whoever you were, whatever you did, behold all things have become new. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Revel in that! A revelation for the ages!
I am sharing Pastor Madu’s sermon, because it was straight FIRE. I hope it blesses you, as much as it did me.
But in the event that you do not have 40 minutes right now to listen to the sermon (which I encourage you to carve out), here is what I am jammin’ to right now. Enjoy 🙂