Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No Condemnation

Romans 8:1 "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus."

I know most of you have heard that verse before, but do you believe it? When satan brings those past sins to mind and oh he does, do you know that those very sins have been separated as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12)?

Do you know that there is nothing in all creation. Not death. Not life. Not angels. Not demons. Nothing in all creation that can separate us from our heavenly father (Romans 8)?

He loves you mistakes and all. Because when He looks at us He doesn't see our shortcomings. No, because of what Jesus did for us and because we accepted His payment for our sins, all He sees is a clean slate.

Those mistakes that keep you tossing and turning- gone. Those let downs you regret- vanished. That one moment you wish you can take back- it's no more.

We can beat ourselves up for years, but it won't change the fact that in God's books there is nothing written about that event. The only thing that God keeps written down is whose name is in the lambs book of life. And if you've accepted Christ as your saviour, your name is there and there is nothing else to worry about.

In fact the only thing you've got left to do with regards to your past sins is to forgive yourself and move on. Satan would love nothing better than for you to live in your past, feeling condemned and guilty. But that's not where you belong.

At the cross Jesus said it is finished. Forgiven. Done. The slate is wiped clean. You need to believe, accept that, and give yourself the freedom to move on.

God doesn't condemn you, so you shouldn't condemn yourself. God doesn't reject you, so you shouldn't reject yourself. God loves you, so you should love yourself.

The Bible tells us in Christ we're a new creation. It's like the old canvas was painted over in bright white paint and now God has the paintbrush in His hands and oh my, is He ever painting a beautiful picture with your life. Believe that. Trust in His forgiveness. And get ready to watch God do amazing things in your life. Because that's exactly what a loving father does for those children that are His!

Friday, May 22, 2009

This Is Summer?

I look at my calendar and I see that it's the month of May. I step outside and I could swear that it is November. It seriously feels like fall weather here, which is kind of a downer when you've been really looking forward to summer.

As much as I love living in the North most days, other days I think my DNA was wired to live on a beach. And when I look at pictures like this, it pretty much confirms that theory. If I have my way, I'll be in that location sometime soon. ;)

Saturday, May 09, 2009


So today I turn 26.

This year I've faced some hard times, but also some really good times.

I've questioned and searched and more importantly learned.

My worldview has shifted and my ideas have been challenged.

It's been a growing year and for that I am so thankful. Even though physically I sometimes am so tired that I feel like I'm wasting away, I'm living that Bible verse in the fact that inwardly I'm being renewed everyday. Not just in my mind, but in my heart and soul as well.

I can accredit these changes to a few things, but the three that stand out the most are as follows:

The Word of God
This year, especially over these past few months, I've felt the Bible completely come to life for me once again. Verses are popping out left, right and center, and even with my very poor memory in other areas, I'm remembering lots of what I'm reading and I'm able to apply it to my daily life. It's incredible how loud the Word of God can speak, especially when we are purposeful in listening.

Alone Time
In September I did something that I've never done before- I went away for a weekend alone. Just me, the bush, and some wild animals outside. I was kind of scared of the silence beforehand, but I learned to love and treasure it not long after I arrived. So much so that before cottage season was over, I went back out for another solo weekend. During that time I was able to think, reflect, plan, and dream like I hadn't done in quite some time. As much as I like people, I learned that sometimes it's very healthy just to be alone for an extended period of time. It gives you clarity that an hour or two of solitude just can't always give you. This summer I plan on going back for more.

I know this kind of contradicts what I just wrote about alone time, but I've really learned the value of having quality relationships rather than just quantity. Over this past year I've become really good friends with two new people in my life and these relationships have challenged me in what I believe and have made me a better person. I'm very grateful for their presence in my life and I value my time with these people so very much.

So that's a brief summary of year 25. What lies a head for 26? I'm not sure. But I do know that whatever comes my way, if I continue to renew my mind in Christ, I will be more than prepared for whatever it may be. Because in both the good times and the bad times there's nothing like having Christ in you as a reminder of your hope of Glory.

"People always want to define you by what you do. I started saying, ‘ I’m not too concerned with what I am going to do. I am more interested in who I am becoming. I want to be a lover of God and people.’ I was convinced that what we do is not nearly as important as who we are." (Shane Claiborne)

“I tend to live the way I drive. I want to get from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time and by the easiest route possible. But I’ve come to realize that getting where God wants me to go isn’t nearly as important as becoming who God wants me to be in the process. And God seems to be far less concerned with where I’m going than with who I’m becoming." (Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase)