What I Actually Believe About God…

 

I’ve been surprised–
About what I actually believe about God.

I believe:

–That I need to clean up my act before I come to God.
–That it’s important to add to Jesus’ work on the cross by doing good things.
–That if I feel guilty enough God will forgive me.
–That I should question my salvation when I make mistakes (when I sin).

Do I actually believe those things?
No.
I don’t.

But I often live like I do.

Not only do I have eternity amnesia.
I also have identity amnesia.

I forget that nothing can separate me from the love the Christ.
It seems too simple (and not fair) that I am a sinner, totally forgiven, based on nothing I have done to fix my mess.

But this is Truth–

“If we’re not completely convinced that His love is ours right now–
fully and unalterably ours– we’ll always hide in the shadows,
focusing on our performance, fearing His wrath…
His love doesn’t fluctuate from day-to-day.
It was settled the moment He set it upon you before the foundation of the world.”
(Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me)

Ephesians 2:8–
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Ephesians 2:5–
Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

Stop.
If you read over that quickly.
No–
Don’t pass by this.
Stop.
And read it again.

By grace you have been saved…
It’s scary-beautiful to be in that much debt.
To realize that nothing I can do will add more to my status.

The truth that many of us have lost and desperately need to find is that Christianity isn’t essentially a program to help moral people be better. No, it’s a relationship based on the premise that we aren’t good now and will never be good enough in this life. We need someone to be good in our place, to suffer what we deserve to suffer, and to live the righteous life we should have lived. Our Redeemer has taken our sinful identity so that we might receive his righteous one! (Elyse Fitzpatrick– Because He Loves Me)

I am His adopted child.
Fully loved.
Fully realized.
Fully His.

Romans 8:38-39–
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rest in that today.
Trust that your love for Him will produce the desired results.

We often want the to-do-list.
We want to check-off-the-boxes–
To know that we are on track.
It’s scary to trust that our love for Him is enough…
To trust that His work on the cross covered it all.
Completely.
Finished.
That He will produce the desired outcome.

That He will complete the work He has started (Phil 1:6).

Abide.
That is our–
To do.

John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Today…
Abide.

 

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  1. Thank you for this, K. Abiding is work, isn’t it, else we’d do it naturally. But we’d rather work physically than to “work” spiritually…that has been my experience anyway.

    • That’s totally me.
      And it feels “safer” to have a check-list and check off the boxes so that I can feel secure in thinking I’m doing a good job in following Him.
      How backwards is that thinking?
      Have you read–”Because He Loves Me”?
      YOU would love it.

      When I think about books that I’d want to share with someone, it is up there in my Top 5, I think…

      Side note–I was really encouraged by your response to the mess yesterday. In your shoes, I probably would have been hyperventilating…I’m so quick to forget that God is in control.
      And that it’s all really for Him anyway. And that He brings the blessings, in His perfect time. I was happy for you though about the Challies bit. :)

  2. Jennie Higgins says:

    I loved it Kara. I’ve been challenged to not look at my to do list to see if my day was successful, but ask myself if I stayed in fellowship with my Savior – did I abide in Him? It seems we are like-minded again!

    • Absolutely. (and yes…I think our hearts and minds are linked Jennie :)
      This quote always convicts me when I get caught up in my to-do-list:
      “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s “own,” or “real” life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one’s “real life” is a phantom of one’s own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it’s hard to remember it all the time.” The Quotable Lewis (Wheaton, IL.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989), 335.

  3. Rebecca Bozarth says:

    Kara thank you for writing this!!!!!!! Truly, I struggle with knowing God and understanding His ways and even hearing the Holy Spirit! And that list about what we believe or at least how we live, was SO eye opening for me… I mean, I know it but to have it spelled out re-reminded me, ‘oh yeah Becca, living those things are all my own pride and fear and self righteous hopes, NOT God’s love.’ Recalibrating this morning… abiding… is my To Do. =)

    • “Recalibrating” is the perfect way to describe it.
      I’m reading a book by Elyse Fitzpatrick…”Because He Loves Me”
      If you haven’t read it…I think you’d love it.
      Someday maybe we can take an after-drop-off-walk on a M/W/F…always enjoy talking with you.

  4. Linda Cade says:

    Inspiring as always. Thank you.

  5. It really is mind boggling when you stop to think about it!

  6. One of the best parts of Hello Mornings for me has been discovering all of these new-to-me blogs. What a wonderfully inspiring post. As I am just beginning my journey towards understanding God’s grace, things like this are so eye opening. It gives me so much to think about!

  7. I really like this post. And when it comes to a list of things to do I also make a list of things to be.
    Christ’s love doesn’t make UP the difference for us, He makes ALL the difference.

  8. Wow, so many beautiful reminders in this post, Kara.

  9. Pretty powerful post

  10. So thankful for that grace! Thanks for sharing your heart with the Thrive @ Home community, Kara!

  11. Living Waters by LeAnn says:

    I enjoyed reading this post. The scriptures, thoughts and quotes were ones to ponder. I know that we are all loved by our Savior, Jesus Christ and that through his atonement we can be saved after all we can do. He is there to help us with doing all we can do.
    Thank you and blessings for this one!

  12. Thank you for sharing! So true! I am SO grateful for the patience that God has with us! His Word renews our minds and I am humbled. blessings to you!

  13. Thanks for the encouraging thoughts!

  14. Faith Laced says:

    Wow I really needed that today! Thanks for the inspiring post.

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