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Condemnation and Unworthiness
Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. Hebrews 9:14 (NLT)
God wants us to receive His best. That fact should be evident in that He has given us His very own Spirit and His Son as born again believers. Often, we do not receive God's best due to our own guilt or condemnation over sins we have committed. Romans 8:1 states that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus so we should not feel condemned over our sins. With condemnation always comes a sense of unworthiness. We do not feel "worthy" to receive from God due to our own sins. While it is true that in and of ourselves we are not "worthy" to receive from God, we do not come to God based on our own merit but based on what Christ has done. In Philippians 3:9, the writer states, "I no longer count on my own righteousness...rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ." The good news is that we no longer stand before God based on our own merit due to what Christ has done. God sees us righteous based on our faith in what Christ has done for us on the cross. He took our sins and we received His righteousness. It is a free gift (Romans 5:17). While holiness depends on outward behavior that observes the law (not stealing, not killing, etc), righteousness puts us in right standing with God just as if we had never sinned. It is the very essence of God and it belongs to you! Receive it today.
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