Letting go of our past and embracing the future can feel like a step too far.
It’s all we know. Our one certainty is where we’ve come from. Where we’re going to is another matter entirely.
Hearts quake and courage fails. It’s hard to believe for what we cannot see.
Leaving our Egypt behind to enter the Promised Land feels unsafe, dangerous even.
Questions rise to our lips ~ “What if?…” rules. Where is our ‘brave’ when we need it?
How different is it when God calls us to believe who we already are in Christ but we hang back, uncertain, doubting?
Such is the battle I’ve been facing as I attempt to live pre-approved by God.
Those dirty rags of sin and shame? They cling close as weeds, strangling hope and choking forward momentum.
Yet, we are clothed in new garments as believers in Christ.
His death and resurrection to glory paved the way for us to be arrayed in a robe of righteousness.
A Divine exchange took place at the cross ~ our sin, sorrow, shame, sickness and pain for His mercy, grace, forgiveness, healing and restoration.
God already sees us as perfected, beautiful and whole in Christ. The hard part is seeing, accepting and believing it for ourselves.
Maybe a glimpse of the future we have in eternity will help.
Here’s a link to ‘Casting Crowns’ song, ‘Wedding Day’ which speaks of how we are the Bride of Christ, wearing white, pure and spotless in His sight.
And this is a prayer whisper God spoke into my life recently. My hope and prayer is that it will bless and encourage you too.
What helps you to feel more secure as a new person in Christ?
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‘Prayer Whisper’ ~ ‘New Identity’
“Let go of the shame and reproach that sit heavy on you. I have taken them from away. You are washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. My robe of righteousness covers you. It is enough, more than enough for all sin.
Do not grieve over your sin each day; consider them dead. They have been covered by grace, mercy and forgiveness. Instead, look up; look to the Son and be radiant. Bask in My Love-Light.
You wear robes fit for the child of a King. Those stinking rags of filth and sin do not fit who you are any more.
Reach out each day for My grace. Embrace your new identity in Me and clothe yourself with garments of praise and thankfulness. I have taken all reproach from you. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Pick up the mantle of mercy and wrap it close around you. Remember My loving arms encircle you at all times. There is nothing you can do to make Me love you less; and there is nothing you can do to make Me love you more.”