Thursday, April 7, 2011

no condemnation. none.

inspiration: Peter

in the past week, i've heard several great sermons about letdowns.
about getting letdown.
about being a letdown.

last Thursday at theWell, we started a new series called "LetDown", you can read my blog about last week's message here. Genesis 45:8

Sunday, Josh Surratt kicked off Seacoast's new series called "Vantage Point" and talked about Peter. Check out the message here. it's AMAZING! Josh's message focused on Peter and how he was one of the top disciples of Jesus and a great church planter; but he messed up. he denied Jesus three times. but, despite his failures, he was still used by God. the point that was nailed home was this: failure is just a layover, not a final destination. God uses even our greatest failures as a chance to show off his grace and his love! 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

last night, i read this incredible blog by Jon Acuff about disappointments and how even in our disappointing moments -- those moments where we feel let down -- God uses them for our good! Romans 8:28

tonight, Jonny Sharp brought it at theWell. also, with a sermon about Peter, but with a slightly different spin. Jonny focused on how we can either choose to hide the fact that we are a letdown, hide our failures, dwell on that. but what we SHOULD DO is can step out and "Feed his sheep" (see John 21: 15, 16, 17). We need to realize that once we believe Christ, once we are IN Him, we are no longer condemned. Romans 8:1

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

God has forgiven us.
We must forgive ourselves.

i know for me, that's the hardest thing to do.
i can't even comprehend Christ's love for me. i feel like a failure to myself sometimes because i struggle with sin. i always mess up. i'm not perfect.

but something that has i've heard multiple times this week and it finally CLICKED is that there is no condemnation. no more. nothing can separate me from Christ's unconditional love! Romans 8:38-39.

so for me, i have to forgive myself for my shortcomings.
God has. i should, too!

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