Wednesday Inspiration 3.25.15

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I like this quote because it is true. It lifts your head. I wanted to make sure for everyone reading this–that this isn’t just a health and wealth statement. After all we all know there are seasons that are dark and seasons that are light and we all go through these things. But it’s important to know that we aren’t promised only good times as well as knowing that the bad times should not have authority over us and consume us.

1. You were not created to be depressed.

Psalm 40 (MSG)

40 1-3 I waited and waited and waited for God.
    At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
    pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
    to make sure I wouldn’t slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
    a praise-song to our God.
More and more people are seeing this:
    they enter the mystery,
    abandoning themselves to God.

I love this verse because it is easy at times to “slip” into a depression and negative thinking about your life, circumstances, past, and all sorts of things. It might even be that you have clinical depression or anxiety. The good thing is that while these mental illnesses make you feel like you are losing your footing, God promises to uphold you and makes sure He delivers. Though many times it doesn’t make sense, we can commit to continually “entering the mystery” and giving in to God knowing He is in control.

2. You were not created to live guilty and shamed.

Psalm 32 (MSG)

32 Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
    you get a fresh start,
    your slate’s wiped clean.

Count yourself lucky—
    God holds nothing against you
    and you’re holding nothing back from him.

When I kept it all inside,
    my bones turned to powder,
    my words became daylong groans.

The pressure never let up;
    all the juices of my life dried up.

Then I let it all out;
    I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”

Suddenly the pressure was gone—
    my guilt dissolved,
    my sin disappeared.

These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
    when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
    we’ll be on high ground, untouched.

God’s my island hideaway,
    keeps danger far from the shore,
    throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Let me give you some good advice;
    I’m looking you in the eye
    and giving it to you straight:

“Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule
    that needs bit and bridle
    to stay on track.”

10 God-defiers are always in trouble;
    God-affirmers find themselves loved
    every time they turn around.

11 Celebrate God.
    Sing together—everyone!
    All you honest hearts, raise the roof!

You hear that? God holds nothing against you. If you believe that Jesus died on the Cross for your sins, by His grace and power you are set free of the pressure of your own guilt and shame and unworthiness.

3. You were not created to feel condemned or unworthy.

Psalm 84 (MSG)

10-12 One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
    beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God
    than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.
All sunshine and sovereign is God,
    generous in gifts and glory.
He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions.
    It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

God is so worthy and wonderful that the psalmist declares he would rather be with God than on the most exotic beach. He would rather be a janitor in the house of God than elevated in a place of sin. God is good. Because Christ died for you and dwells within you through salvation, God sees Christ in you, not your old life. You can live in freedom in the security of His love and covenant over you. You are worthy to be with Him forever and ever.

4. We are created to be victorious!

1 Corinthians 15 (MSG)

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

As humans we fell short in the Garden. We sinned through the ages. We turned our backs on God. We made a mess of things. We judged. We hurt. We killed. We did it all as a species. But God intervened. No longer do we suffer the penalty of our wrong-doings. Jesus made a way where we couldn’t. He filled in the gap we created between ourselves and God. It’s not to say that we were all so bad and we need to perpetually feel guilty in order to feel worthy of God’s goodness. It’s more like, in humility realize we are imperfect made perfect by Jesus. Instead of wallowing in self-pity we can accept the grace God gave us through salvation and live victoriously. This doesn’t mean we aren’t still prone to sinful behavior but instead of getting back in the muck we hold on to our anchor and learn to sink less. To sin less. To be grateful for Jesus making a way. To be grateful Jesus is the light of the world that can be followed through any darkness.

It is cause for joy.

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