Two weeks into The Faith Project and it’s time for the first update.
So, how’s it going? Well, some good and some not so good.
Trusting that my freedom is complete because of Jesus is going great. I believe Jesus has made me:
1. Free from the guilt and shame of sin.
2. Free from slavery to sin.
3. Free from the lies we tell ourselves
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:7
I am following through . . . confessing and repenting each day for two reasons . . . to remember that God’s gifts of grace and forgiveness are daily and ongoing and to help me stay mindful of the things I need, with God’s help, to change.
The Not So Good
Letting go of the past is hard for me.
I know the truth – If Jesus has set me free, I am free truly free. John 8:36
But I do guilt really well. REALLY WELL. I can feel guilty about things that aren’t my fault. Things other people have done. I can still feel guilty over things that happened years ago. Things I know God has forgiven. Things I trust people have forgiven.
But, there’s a problem…
I’m susceptible to the enemy’s lies. When he whispers shame or points his gnarly finger I’m quick to agree with him.
Then join me. It’s time to hold on to God’s promises of who we are and quote them to Satan each time he throws our pasts at us.
Here are a few more promises to help:
For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 10:11–12
Where is the god who can compare with You—wiping the slate clean of guilt,
Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people?
You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what You love most.
And compassion is on its way to us.
You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.
You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. Micah 7:19
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25
If God promises to forget our sins, to never think of them again . . . I think we should too.
Not good, but better is getting free of my inner Pharisee.
Pride shouts Pharisee. Not pride that feels good about an accomplishment or a job well done. But pride that thinks I’m better than. Pride that says, “I’m glad I’m not as bad as everyone else.” Paraphrase of Luke 18:11
I hate that kind of pride in me because it doesn’t love well. Pride points fingers and fails to offer compassion and help. That’s not who I want to be.
So, I’ll keep taking the Are you a Pharisee Heart Check. I’ll keep asking for the forgiveness I know I need. And I’ll pray that for the Holy Spirit’s help to look at everyone through my Father’s eyes.
When I introduced The Faith Project I mentioned I was a little nervous about sharing my successes and failures publicly. What I didn’t mention was my nervousness about potential attacks from Satan as I worked to change and grow in faith.
Oh, how he hates that. So of course, I’d get tested right away in an area of weakness . . . fear.
In the past month, I’ve had a couple of health issues. Things that had the potential to send me into a fear freefall.
I’ll be honest. I was nervous as I waited those days between doctors appointment and tests, but the good . . . I wasn’t in a panic. I wasn’t afraid.
Sure. I’d love to live many more years healthy and with minimal pain, but I trust God’s got me. I can count on His promises as I look back on His faithfulness. I can say, “Back off. God is with me. He’s got this.”
Thankfully, most of the news has been good. Praise God!
My Freedom Update:
- It’s a daily adventure and one I’ll have to keep applying well into the future.
- My progress will be challenged and will include some steps backward.
- I’m not on my own. God is with me. He’s with you too.
- You, my encouragers are a huge help.
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