OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT
What is it going to take to get us out of our miserable lives of guilt, fear and depression? What will it take to make us see there is a far more glorious life awaiting us?
Paul said, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light" (Colossians 1:12).
Do you want this glorious, liberated life? Do you now believe it is your inheritance? Do you now believe God wants desperately for you to have it? Then accept it by faith and move into it! Claim it as your own! Paul says, "Haven't you suffered enough? Haven't you learned your lesson yet?" In other words, "Aren't you sick and tired of living a life of fear and mental torture? Haven't you yet learned there is a better way?"
"The just shall live by faith"(Galatians 3:11). You simply put your faith in what God said he would do for you. This liberated life of righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost is a gift. You can't work for it.
The greatest joy of all is knowing you are no longer "guilty" before God. It is the joy of knowing your faith makes you right before him.
"Blessed and happy and to be envied are those…whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him” (Romans 4:7-8 Amp.).
Abraham became the father of nations simply because he took God at his Word. He could have doubted and lost everything.
"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform…. Now it was not written for his sake alone…but for us also…if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” (Romans 4:20-24).
We believe him to forgive us in order to save us; we must believe that he will keep us. The power that saves us keeps us! The faith that brought Christ into our lives keeps us from falling.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2).