If you saw my Instagram live you know I said I was posting something I already had ready to go. Got ya! But really I was, then God pressed some things on my heart tonight, so I’m going with that.
Tonight was the first night of my church’s young adult fall retreat. The speaker dove into the first chapter of Ephesians. That’s a book I’ve often found myself reading time and again. Either that or Galatians. None of the info was new, but it was definitely a good reminder and somethings stood out.
The first few verses of this chapter talked about how God sees you. It talks about His love and plan for you. In Ephesians 1:4 it says“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”(NLT). This tells us right there how much God loves us! “Even before he(God) made the world, God loved us…” Right there God is making it clear that before we were even born, He loved us. Which also means that before we even knew Jesus(God), God loved us. Even while we were living our life in whatever way we wanted, He loved us. Even while we were make stupid decisions and wrecking our lives, He loved us.
Then the verse goes on to say that God, “chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Let that sink in. I really appreciated what the speaker tonight pointed out. He stated that God seeing us as holy and without fault isn’t God being ignorant or kinda clueless when it comes to our sin. It’s not Him somehow just not seeing our sin that’s staring Him in the face. No, He chooses to erase it! It says it right there in the verse, “(God) chose us in Christ to be holy…”!
Do you believe that? Do you really believe in your heart, like in the core of your soul that God sees you as without fault? I don’t care what you’ve done, If you have accepted Christ, you are holy. He has chosen to make you holy!
If you read my last post you read how I struggled with shame from my addiction to porn and all that came with that. I seriously struggled with really believing God chose to see me as holy or without fault. I honestly thought either that was a lie or He was an idiot because why would anyone choose to erase the things I’ve done. And what was even harder for me to wrap my head around was that I didn’t have to do a thing. God choosing to make me holy wasn’t based on how hard I was fighting off temptation. It wasn’t based on how many days in a row I had my time with God in the Bible…you get the picture. Because I accepted that Jesus dying on the cross was all that I needed to save me from my sins, He then saw me as holy. Right then and forevermore.
You may not truly believe this. That’s okay, but wrestle with God about it. Dig into Ephesians. Ask God to help you really believe this in the core of you soul. Because believe me, when you do finally really believe that in the core of your being, it changes everything! God wants you to experience and know the joy and peace that comes from really getting this.
I hope this spoke to y’all! Know that I am praying for y’all who read this. Draw near to God and wrestle things out with Him.