Should I feel ashamed???

When you sin, do you ever stop and think about it — in the moment — and ask yourself questions like, “Is this sin?” Or, “Should I feel ashamed right now?” Or perhaps, . . . “Am I breaking some rule here!!!!?”

Yes? No? No . . . you are not a rules-oriented Pharisee like me!? 

Well, even though I still sometimes ask myself such questions, it really doesn’t affect me too much, because I do not ever feel ashamed. I am 100% secure in His acceptance of me.

I read this verse the other day (copied below) and it really struck me; it says the sacrifices offered under the Old Covenant could not take away the consciousness of sin from the people.

Hebrews 10:2, “Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins.”

What struck me is that, this implies that in the New Covenant, His resurrected life in us HAS taken away the consciousness of sin!

Christ died for ALL of our sins. He nailed them ALL to the cross. He brought an end to the Law of Moses, and he brought an end to the topic of sin. It is not an issue between us and God anymore!!

Even though we still sin every day, He sees us as saints. Being a completely forgiven person IS our identity in Christ.

This doesn’t make us desirous for a bunch of evil all of a sudden! No, the knowledge of the truth makes us fall in love with our God!! So we start walking with Him, walking in the Spirit. And as He guides us, Our God will never lead us to commit evil, to hurt other people or Himself. We can TRUST His guidance, that He will always lead us to love others.

So, we live our life trusting Him, not walking around being conscience of our sins and thinking to ourselves “I can sin and it doesn’t matter.” Or, “I don’t sin anymore because I don’t want to.” Neither one of those is exactly right. We still sin, sometimes we want to, but the sin issue is OVER so we just do not have consciousness of it anymore.

We no longer have a guilty conscience. We have a clean conscience thanks to Jesus, even in the midst of our sinfulness!!

May 14, 2022

Our eternal Easter Basket / Easter Day blog post

Our God is so good to us! As His children, as born-again believers in the gospel of grace, we have been given an eternal Easter Basket filled with goodies, and it will take a lifetime to discover all the treats inside. 

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We have been given things like His passionate love for us, & His complete acceptance of us in the midst of our sinfulness. And really sweet blessings (way better than candy!) such as His fellowship, His constant presence, & His joy.

And as you live your life and dig deeper into that gift basket, you’ll find that you’ve been made perfect, holy, righteous, complete and sanctified.

And you’re free!!! And there’s no more guilt or shame! And all the weirdness of religion is gone, and you no longer have to “work” for God or run yourself ragged trying to measure up! All you have to do is sit back, rest, relax and enjoy all the goodies you’ve been given in that amazing, endless heavenly Easter Basket. 

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April 16, 2022

For more on this topic, check out my blog ‘Let’s Count our Spiritual Blessings.’

Christian Dream Interpretation — God drew me closer to Him through a dream — Part 3 of 3.

It’s been said a lot, but it is true:  “Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship.”  And it is because our God’s main concern is having a close relationship with us, it is for this reason, that He gave me “The Black Crows dream.”

In the dream I was looking up into the sky at a large white sail that was being carried by half a dozen crows.  As I continued to watch them fly away, I realized that they were not carrying a sail, but a robe.  It was my own white robe that the crows were taking away from me.  I looked on, bothered by this fact, and meanwhile I was chewing a piece of raw meat.  I just stood there, watching and chewing.  I was not able to swallow the meat; it was impossible to swallow.

Upon waking, I deduced that since the crows had taken my “robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10) it must be that God was clarifying His disappointment with me, and telling me that I had become unrighteous.

During this time, I was listening to the “Spiritual Warfare” series produced by Living God Ministries, and thanks to the truth presented through these messages, God began to show me that the dream was actually a really clever way of teaching me about Law versus Grace, the lie versus the truth.

God saw that I was in danger of believing the devil’s lie, so he chose to “wake me up” through a dream.

He used this dream to show me what NOT to believe; to reject the lie that my sin makes me unrighteous. . . . Because believing that lie prevents me from being able to eat “the meat” of the Scriptures.

God is amazing!  And so personal!  He knew exactly what I needed to hear.

The interpretation that God gave me is this:

Satan is a liar who wants me to believe that I can lose my righteousness.  The devil condemns me, accuses me, and gets me to think that my inability to overcome certain sins makes me unworthy and unholy.  Satan wants me to believe that he has the legal right to remove my ‘robe of righteousness’ (he uses his minions, his demons, represented by the crows, to accomplish this task.)  And as long as I believe the devil’s lies, I cannot swallow the meat of the Scripture.  I will not grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.  My Christian life will be stunted and stagnant, as I remain a baby, one who can only drink milk.

I then memorialized what He taught me by writing this poem in my journal:

The black crows carried an ivory sheet,

Five birds flying with a large white sail.

But on second look, it was a cloak.

A robe.  A symbol of my righteousness.

They were stealing it, taking it, flying away.

But it was not theirs to take.

I was watching it happen while eating the meat

that had become inedible.

The theft was induced,

By iniquity and shame.

The theft was produced,

And I granted their gain.

My enemy is skilled with thievery and lies,

I doubted not the black crows’ rights.

Yet robbers they were.  I began to see,

That the white cloak remained on me.

Our God wants to have a close relationship with us, and He wants us to trust in the fact that He has completely forgiven us of all our sins – our transgressions have been removed as far as the east is from the west.

The images in dreams are often symbols or types, so if you think He has given you a dream, ask Him for the interpretation, and He just may tell you what all the symbols mean!

For me, the meaning of the dream was all about His acceptance of me.  He not only loves me, but He accepts me and relates to me in the midst of my sinful condition.  . . . Because of the fact that Jesus finished the work 2,000 years ago.

Written May 3, 2020