Redeemed

     I begin each morning with a reading from a book by Sarah Young entitled Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence. This devotional book has been mentioned in past posts as being written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, using several passages of scripture to correspond with the dialogue. The words of today’s entry spoke to my soul. Please allow me to share a portion of it with you.

“When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong.  Instead of trying to “fix” yourself, fix you gaze on Me, the Lover of your soul. Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, redirect it to praising Me.  Remember that I see you clothed in my righteousness, radiant in My perfect love.”

     One of the accompanying verses was from Psalm 34:5 and says this, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”  If only we could see ourselves through the eyes of Jesus instead of our own.  How much time do we waste trying to correct and “fix” that from which we feel there is no redemption. We take on the impossible task of spot treating and cleaning our own robes so that we might feel presentable to our Heavenly Father losing sight that Jesus made our robes spotless for eternity through the shedding of His blood on the cross.
     Step out of your own power, your personal laundry room, and rest in the peace of knowing that the spotless Lamb of God has washed you and your robes in His blood and there is no work left for you to do except that of praising Him. Your robe is whiter than snow, your transgressions removed from you as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12) Put your tools away. Jesus has already “fixed” you.
     When our dog, Max, nestles in the bed with me at the end of the day, once he is all settled he breathes this deep sigh of contentment and peace.  Deep breath!  Now it is your turn to breathe that sigh of letting go and feeling God’s peace.  To God Be the Glory!

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