Confusion in the Heart
You start to justify why you were driven to such shocking acts – and you start to blame circumstances or you blame other people. Have you ever looked back over your life and just wondered, “How can God love me after all that I have done in my life?” Then, shame and guilt infuse into a sort of shamefaced-pride of a past life. Then, you start to ask yourself, “How can God love me after all that I have done in my life?” My parents, my upbringing, my siblings, and even my marriage were all severely lacking in many areas. Actually, I have, and I’d say that the vast majority of believers I know have, at some point or another, posed questions along these lines. How simple it is to find an excuse for one’s sin!
Then you think back to the moment when you first came to the realization that your sins had been forgiven. Gone; dispersed; never to return; sent into the vast sea of God’s oblivion; tossed into the wide sea. And you remember the first little twinge of joy, and the astonishment that you are forgiven… and life becomes glorious, and you soak in the gentle presence of God’s love. And grateful petitions are offered to God; and supplications are granted in wondrous ways; and the gospel of grace is proclaimed all over the world; and others are brought to a knowledge of your God. And the first rush of excitement that comes with falling in love for the first time wells up within the joy of your heart.
But then, little by little… You come to the conclusion that things are not the same as they were in the beginning, and at that point, you begin to wonder: have I been truly saved? Have you truly forgiven me? Is it true that you accept me? Is God really committed to loving me? Have you ever stopped to reflect on your life and just wonder what the heck happened? Well, I have. In addition, the majority of believers I am familiar with have, at some point or another, pondered issues of this nature.
Illusions and Misconceptions
After that, you condemn other believers who also have a limited comprehension of the subject matter. It would appear that even if I am saved, He is more concerned about them than he is with me. It would appear that God favors other people over me because look at all the blessings He’s bestowed upon them. Have you ever looked back on your life and really just wondered? I have, and I know that the majority of believers I know have, at one point or another, sought to justify ideas like this. Have you ever done that?
Now, if you live your life filled with such uncertainties, it is impossible to cultivate confidence in God. If you have such concerns and worries, as well as such excuses, it is hard to have faith in God. If there is even a shred of uncertainty or concern in your mind at this point, it is imperative that it be addressed. If you’ve ever thought that God has favorites, and you’re not one of them, then that is something that has to be addressed. If you still have such uncertainties, anxieties, concerns, worries, or erroneous perceptions, then it is imperative that you address these issues as a top priority.
You Are Accepted
This was written by a really holy person. “There are two questions that every believer needs to find the answers to as quickly as they can… The first question is, “Does God completely accept me?” The second question is, “Does He do it, and if so, on what basis does He do it?” This is really important.” He continues: “What devastation frequently permeates the life of an individual, whether young or old, wealthy or poor, saved or unsaved, who is not certain of being accepted, even on a human level, and yet so many believers, whether “strugglers” or “vegetators,” move through life without this priceless fact to rest on and build upon. According to Ephesians 1:5-6, “having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved,” God has “predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace.”
You will continue to live a defeated life until the rapture or your death if you have not once and for all recognized that you have been accepted by God. This is a non-negotiable fact found in the Bible, and it cannot be changed. If you have not completely and irrevocably acknowledged that you are accepted by God, you will continue to live a life of defeat until the day that you die or until the return of Christ, whichever comes first. This is not what God wants for you… because He loves you so much that He gave His Son to die for you. This is not what God wants for you. Scripture, on every single one of its pages, vehemently contradicts such erroneous ideas.
The Scriptural Reality
Read, take notes, and gain knowledge. Ephesians 1:6 says that God has reconciled us to himself in the Beloved. Live, walk and sleep: Ephesians 1:6 says that God has reconciled us to himself in the Beloved. Be aware that you are aware of your awareness: Ephesians 1:6 says that God has reconciled us to himself in the Beloved. This verse implies exactly what it says it does, which is that He has made us acceptable in the Beloved. There is a single, unifying factor that underlies both your and my acceptance. In the Beloved, we have God’s approval and acceptance. Because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, we have God’s acceptance.
This is a point that Paul makes numerous times in the inspired letters that he wrote: Who is it that will come between us and the love that Christ has for us? Shall affliction, or anguish, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? Because I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things that are, nor things that will be, nor height nor depth, nor any other created being, shall ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is found in Christ Jesus, who is our Lord. This is because the love of God is revealed in Christ. Romans 8:38. Who is God that He would knowingly tell a lie? His words are accurate. His assurances may be relied upon completely. He is trustworthy, and He always keeps His promises; He is the one who made us acceptable in the eyes of the Beloved.
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