is saying... Stand tall and walk with your head held high.
The King of the whole earth proclaims you righteous. No one
can bring a charge against you. No one can condemn, for my
blood has washed you and my resurrection has justified you.
Let this be your only defence.... My blood shed for you.
God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare
his own Son, but gave him up for us allhow will he not
also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will
bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is
God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus,
who diedmore than that, who was raised to lifeis
at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.Romans
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation,
and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of
his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night. And they
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of
their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Revelations 12 10-11
on the promise of imputed righteousness and justification
by faith can be difficult for a believer. Somehow as we approach
nearer to God, His light seems to shows our imperfections
up to ourselves in more glaring detail. Yet we are encouraged
to come before the throne boldly to obtain grace when we are
in trouble. It doesn't say to approach the throne when we
have everything going right in our lives but when we are in
trouble. And this word we can surely rely on.... Because of
Jesus's blood shed for us, we are welcome in that throneroom.
God isn't seeing sin but His bloodwashed child.
we were Christians we were quite happy in sin and even unaware
of it. We thought we were inheritantly good with maybe a bit
of bad in us. We felt justified in hating and sticking up
for ourselves and our family. You might have heard the Yorkshire
saying. "I'm alright.. its t'others", When a life
is given over to the "One who gave all for us" that
person understands there is nothing in him that could have
deserved such love.
way of doing things is so different to the world's way. God
loves us and corrects us because we are His. If we really
love our children we will not get them to stand up for their
rights and teach them to hate and get what they can out of
life. This is a road that leads only to pain. We reap what
we sow. The more we can teach our children to be peacemakers,
to give rather than to receive, to love rather than hate,
to see their own responsibilities towards their fellow travellers
instead of other's responsibilites towards them we will set
that child on the road of peace and happiness.
5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them
that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your
Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on
the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and
on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what
reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And
if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?
do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Lyrics by Shirley Howitt-
Today as I came to you feeling
dirty, poor, afraid
You lifted me gently to the Father above
I saw with eyes of wonder His joy and praise
As He welcomed me like royalty, into His love
The angels they looked on
as He paraded me
See my beloved child in whom I'm pleased
Incredulous, inadequate and dazed, I could only
How can this be, Oh how can this be, How can this
For someone like me
The truth rose up inside me like the dawn on a winter's
Nothing I've achieved or could have done
But on the cross at Calvary Jesus won this place
Oh how can this be, for someone like me, how can
This hour spent now on earth
is not for toil and strife
To achieve a love that's been already won
Oh how wild and free to live this wonderful life
To glorify an extravagant God who's outstretched
hand is saying come
Oh how can this be to someone like me?
Oh how can this be to someone like me?
And if I spent ten thousand
years in eternity and space
I'd stand in your throne room amazed
And if I had a million tongues to sing your praise
You'd still hear me say, how can this be
And when I've been there with you forever and a
I will still be amazed at your AMAZING GRACE