👊🏻😎 "Because of what I do and who I am, I am a sinner. Because of what Jesus has done and who He is, I am a saint. I am both. All the time. Everyday. Sinner and saint. Fallen and free." When the devil accuses us of having done wrong and tells us that we don’t deserve God’s blessings, what should we do? We are to point everything back to Jesus. Jesus is your righteousness, holiness, healing and more. Jesus is your qualification, you can't earn those things, no matter how many good things you do, no matter how much you read or pray. Each time you point everything back to Jesus, the devil has nothing to say to you. By yourself, you'll never qualify. Without Christ, there is nothing good in you that can qualify you.
Jesus qualifies you because He died for you. You have a blood-bought right to a life full of meaning, purpose and abundance. You have a blood-bought right to God’s provision even when the economy is bad. You have a blood-bought right to preferential treatment because God favors you. You have a right to all these blessings not because you are good, but because Jesus shed His blood and qualified you to have them. So don’t let the devil or anyone tell you that you can’t expect to walk in the blessings of God!
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This is unfortunate and unfair.
As a personal reflection, it makes me wonder two things:
1. How do we handle success?
2. How do we express our happiness?
Success and happiness are two very positive elements of life, and there's nothing wrong in chasing them, as long as we know where to draw the line.
There are no scripted rules or laws laid out by any government with respect to how success should be handled and how happiness should be expressed. However, having said that, there is always a moral law that binds us to the very core of our identity - a finite moral being created by God for His glory.
And that moral fibre that stretches and connects every core of our being - physical, emotional and spiritual - will always tell us at every point of your life - what's right and wrong, no matter who we are or what we do.
That moral fibre within us - is what differentiates the humans from animals. Without our moral system, there can never be a clear discernment between right and wrong - and ultimately, creates a wild jungle out of the entire world with no purpose and meaning of life.
That moral fibre is how God connects with our hearts and imparts his wisdom by giving us hope and patience at the lowest point of failures and keep us humble and grounded even at the very pinnacle of success.
It is this moral fibre that reminds us every moment that everything on earth is temporary, and the heaven has far greater treasures that the world cannot even begin to compare.
So, let's ask ourselves as we read these unfortunate stories:
1. How do I celebrate whenever I feel I've been successful at something I wanted to achieve?
- Do I acknowledge that it's not my strength but the His Grace that enables me to be wherever I am in life? Do I give thanks to the one who freely gives me the blessings beyond what I deserve?
2. How do I express my happiness and joy?
- When we express our joy, we need to ensure we don't build our life's purpose on emotions that are based on temporary circumstances and materials. But acknowledge that the deepest enduring happiness comes only from God, and show our appreciation in a way that glorifies the one who gave.
Read: Philippians 4:12