I’m not dead anymore

great grace

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
– Ephesians 2:4-5

I used to be dead.

Not fake dead, or halfway dead. Dead dead.

And now, I’m writing to you. So, obviously a miracle happened to take my very dead self, and bring me to life.

It’s called grace.

My dead, buried-in-sin soul, was resurrected by grace.

Life can only come from God, and my wrongdoing, my sin, had murdered my connection with Him. So, I lay dead in the pit my sin had drilled, separated from my Creator.

Yet, in the vast richness of His mercy, God saw me when I couldn’t see. He loved me though I was decaying in the darkness. He loved me in my shameful ugliness and bitter death.

He
loved
me.

God’s great love compelled Him to action. He couldn’t leave me there. He had to intervene.

So, He exchanged His life for mine. He freely gave to me what cost Him everything.

Grace means receiving something good that I do not deserve.

This is amazing grace.

And I’m not dead anymore.

Don’t call unclean what God calls clean

 

What God says is what matters

 
When God calls you, rescues you from the pit of sin, He doesn’t leave you filthy and in chains. He doesn’t free you and then turn His back. You are wanted. You are loved. God tenderly takes you just as you are, and wipes away the dirt and the shame. You are priceless to Him. You are worth Him becoming your sin so you could become His righteousness. He paid your debt, in full. God clothes you in His finest robes and puts gold rings on your fingers. You are His treasure.

God redeems all your wrongs. He makes good from your failures and brings about His dreams for your life, according to His purposes. He isn’t embarrassed to be seen with You. What He says is what matters most. He chooses to no longer remember what you have confessed and humbly asked to be forgiven. He sets you on His path. He promises to never leave you, and He is true to His word.

So, don’t call what is clean to be unclean. You are restored. You are not who you were. You don’t have to live that way anymore. Your Father has given you a new life. Live in His calling. You are beautiful. You are filled with His Holy Spirit. You have purpose.

You are His.