Last night was a rough night, coughing and up every hour. I was dreading just getting out of bed thinking of how I felt.
Suddenly, in my spirit I saw and heard a beautifully robed choir joyfully singing, clapping and moving to the song, “O Happy Day.” I kept hearing “O happy day, He washed my sins away.”
As my spirit joined in I knew I was totally and forever forgiven and set free.
Getting out of bed became a time of rejoicing, singing and praising God. The Great I AM has forgiven me!
This was my first time experiencing the joy of the Lord that resulted in shouting and singing praises. Having been raised in a denomination where preaching was about “sin, shame and condemnation” I had the idea that I could never measure up or be good enough.
Even though I received Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was seven, the lies of condemnation continually preached had deeply penetrated my soul .
I could quote forgiveness, preach and declare it, but the continual lies had added doubt and fear. We were supposed to show humility by saying things like, “I’m not worthy. I can never be good enough.”
The truth is, I have been made good enough in Christ. I am made worthy in Christ. I can now say with all confidence, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1) because I am in Christ Jesus. Praise God!
Remember the words of the song, “He Touched Me." This morning He (did) touched me and Oh the joy that flooded my soul.
Once we understand that it is Christ who makes us whole and worthy to become children of the living God, real joy and peace fills our hearts and floods our souls (our mind, will and emotions).
Today I ate of the words of Psalm 103:1-5. “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me. Bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all my iniquities (sins); who heals all my diseases; Who redeems my life from destruction; who crowns me with loving kindness and tender mercies (compassionate love); Who satisfies my mouth with good things; so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
Today I ate of His Word that sets me free from guilt and shame, and I drank of the blood of His total forgiveness as the reality of being completely and forever forgiven filled my very being.
Blessings on your day!