by Mary Stout
To sin means to miss the mark.
The stressed out parent.
The overwhelmed CEO.
The little old lady down the street that’s mean.
The plumber that screwed up.
The scammer that took your money.
The politician that lied.
The drunk who drove.
The little kid throwing a temper tantrum.
And so do you.
What you tell yourself is I am not good enough.
God says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
I am not important.
God says, “The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
I can’t do it.
God says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phillipians 4:13)
I don’t belong.
God says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)
I don’t trust anyone.
God says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)
I can’t be loved.
God says, “For God so loved the world He gave his only son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
We are still sinners even if we are followers of Christ. Using scripture can replace those ugly thoughts about yourself and others. When we do it consistently, it changed our life so we can reflect His light and helps us show others the Way.
Prayer: Father thank you for giving us the Word to change our lives into being more like Jesus everyday. When we get low or start going off in the wrong direction, show us how to be better to ourselves and others through your word. Help us replace our thoughts with your thoughts so that others will come to you and be saved. In Jesus name, amen.