62 As Is

[T]hink of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  I Corinthians 1:26-29

Have you ever bought anything “as is”?  Homes typically sell “as is”.  Cars are often advertised “as is”.  Anything you get at a garage sale is “as is”.  “As is” implies no warranty.  You get what you pay for.  The item is used. Therefore, it has flaws.

God takes us “as is”.  We come to Him with all of our faults and frailties.  We are used equipment.  We have used ourselves and been used in sinful ways.  We have been “called out of darkness”. I Peter 2:9

Jesus purchased us with His precious blood; He did not demand that we be perfect.  He freely gave Himself for us.  “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  II Cor. 5:21

What a deal, what a bargain for us!  We are twice His.  He created us, and He redeemed us.  God takes us “as is”.

I heard Jack Deere say the following at a conference years ago.  We often feel that we first need to clean ourselves up before we present ourselves to God.  He encouraged us to come to God as we were and let Him clean us up!  That matches the Gospel.  We come covered with the effects of our sin, and God cleanses us.  He makes as a bride, a church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25)  This is His work, through His blood, the blood of the Lamb.  We need to come to Him “As is”.

Enjoying the shower,

Noah Woodrich

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61 Welcomed

Do you think, asks the Sovereign Lord, that I like to see wicked people die?  Of course not!  I only want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.  Ezekiel 18:23

Look!  Here I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.  Revelation 3:20

The Spirit and the bride say “Come!”  And let him who hears say “Come!”  Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.  Revelation 22:17

There is good news.  It is that we don’t have to pay for our redemption.  Jesus already did!  Not only are we eternally redeemed, we also have sustenance for life.  We are invited to “take the free gift of the water of life.”  God welcomes us into His Kingdom!  He sent His Own Son to die for us.  The Gospel, redemption and salvation are all God’s ideas.  God thought up the whole plan of salvation.  He wants us to come to Him.  He offers to us His free gift of life.

God also invites those of us who hear to invite others.  He wants more and more people to come to the party in Heaven.  “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:  ‘Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.’” Revelation 19:6-7  Heaven is going to be a party!

Yes, we need to repent.  Yes, we need to obey.  And yes, God realizes that our obedience is not going to be perfect.  God wants to have relationship with us, not just that we follow a bunch of rules.  He welcomes us into His kingdom.

For many of us, this may seem too good to be true.  Even though we know the Gospel, we try to earn our place with God year after year.  It takes time to really let ourselves bask in the knowledge of God’s goodness.  Resistance towards trusting God tries to grip our hearts.  We hear the lies of the enemy constantly questioning God’s word.  “Did God really say…?” is his watchword. (Genesis 3:4)

Know that God welcomes us.  We need to believe in God’s promise of life.  We need to resist the enemy’s lies.  We need to learn to open our hearts to receiving His love.  This will take time.  If we struggle with receiving God’s love, we need to hold on to the fact that we will someday be able to freely receive His love.  I struggled with shame and self-hatred for many years, and I still do, but I also am experiencing His love.  I hear His call, “Come!”  He is calling us, “Come!  You are welcome to the party!”

Tasting His goodness,

Noah Woodrich

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60 Forgiveness

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.  Psalm 103:8-13

When we repent in Jesus’ name, God forgives us.  “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  God’s nature is to forgive.  Any thoughts to the contrary are lies of the enemy.  Do not listen to the enemy’s voice.  Listen to God’s voice.  He freely offers forgiveness.  My dear friends, I well understand that doubts arise about God’s goodness.  Doubt comes from our shame and self-hatred.  Shame and self-hatred speak lies to our souls.  The enemy uses shame and self-hatred to try to convince us that God is not kind and compassionate.  Please reread the scripture above.  This is truth.  We need to believe the Truth.  The enemy is full of lies.

We may not feel forgiven.  We need to base our faith on God’s word rather than our feelings.  Feelings can lie.  God’s word is true.  If we confess our sins in Jesus’ name, God forgives us!  It does not matter what we have done.  Saul had Christians stoned to death simply because they confessed the name of Jesus.  Jesus had mercy and revealed Himself to Saul.  Jesus changed Saul to Paul.  Paul became a great Apostle and writer of many of the books of the New Testament.  God forgave Saul.  He will forgive us.

God abounds in love for us.  We need to highlight in our minds:  God does not just have a little love; He abounds in love for us!  He does not eke out small amounts of love at a time.  He overflows with love and mercy toward us.  “God is love.” (1 John 4:8, emphasis mine)

We need to let go of doubt and think about God’s goodness.  We need to read the Word.  Meditate on passages that speak of His mercy, grace and love.  We need to fellowship with safe people.  We may experience doubt for a long time.  Shame feeds doubt.  Even though we let go of shame, it still sticks to us.  Healing takes a long time.  We need to be patient with ourselves.

Besides the above, some passages on which to meditate (If you don’t have time to look at all these verses, at least look at Ephesians 1:3-8):  Psalm 51, Luke 15:11-32, 23:34, Acts 10:43, 13:38-39, 26:9-18, Romans 5:5-10, Ephesians 1:3-8.  I have found these passages particularly powerful.

Basking in His compassion,

Noah Woodrich

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Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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