Freedom to really live, instead of being enslaved.
"So now there is no condemnation for those
who belong to Christ Jesus.
And because you belong to Him,
the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you
from the power that leads to death."
(Romans 8:1 NLT)
As I am reading and writing my way through the book of Romans (writing out each and every verse in my journal as I am slowly reading), I am captivated by these words.
These are such beautiful words. And necessary words to hold close. For there are times when our hearts and minds are tempted to focus on our inadequacies, on our mistakes, on our sin. This happens in my life at times. And then I begin to question, and wonder if God is disappointed in me, or not pleased with me. But the opposite is true - because of Him, we are made free. Free from the penalty and guilt of our sin, free to live in His Love and Presence.
"Enjoy the warmth of My Presence shining upon you ... I delight in you more than you can imagine. I approve of you continuously, for I see you cloaked in My Light, arrayed in My Righteousness. There is no condemnation for those who are clothed in Me." (Jesus Calling)
"... God declared an end to sin's control over us
by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
He did this so the just requirement of the law
would be fully satisfied for us ..."
(Romans 8:2b-3a NLT)
Thanking Him for this great gift, for His sacrifice, for setting us free. And praying for you, my readers - for a month full of Freedom, Love, and Thankfulness.