20 Jul Are You Worthy of God’s Love?
Sometimes our past haunts us. We have a tendency to hang on to the sin and pain of the things in our past, instead of letting it all go. Memory is a funny thing, and even though you try to forgive others and forgive yourself, it’s easy to continue to condemn yourself for the things you’ve done.
You know, the more out of control our lives were when we were young, the more we try to control everything as an adult.
Many things can lead to feelings of unworthiness, low self-esteem and insecurity.
If we had only been raised with love and fairness.
If we had been given a little freedom, but not too much.
If we had been encouraged, and not criticized.
If we had been disciplined, but not beaten.
If we had been protected, and not abused.
All of these things and more led us to the path we are on. When you try to control the things in your life, by using drugs, alcohol, shopping, gambling, sex, overeating, overworking, manipulating others, rebellion, etc. to escape, feel numb, or feel in control, then the very things you are trying to control become out of control and can ruin your life. There has to come a point when you face your demons, confront your fears and surrender control to God.
So I want to ask you . . .
Have you reached your turning point? Or will this just be another chapter in your story?
The light finally came on for me as I sat in a small church in South Carolina and heard a young preacher speak about Jesus. I felt absolutely compelled out of my seat and walked forward to surrender my life to Him. I cried my heart out sitting there and watching all of my past life and past sins flood my mind. I was so tired of being angry. I was so tired of feeling so much pain. I wanted God to change my life and I wanted Him to take control. My life began to change that day, and over the years I have seen the power of God to transform the hearts and lives of those who love Him. God is truly amazing when you let go and allow Him to work in your life.
My biggest struggle across the years was that I didn’t feel worthy of God’s love. I could not understand how He could want someone like me. I was cloaked in shame and my heart was black and hard. As much as I felt covered in His love, the devil was also working hard on me to feel unworthy of all Jesus offered through His life and death.
So, are we worthy of God’s love?
The answer is no. We are not worthy of God’s love. But instead, Jesus is worthy of our love.
There are not enough good deeds we can do to make us worthy. There’s no amount of money we can pay to make us worthy. I cannot preach enough to make myself worthy of God’s love.
We are not worthy of God’s love. We are flawed, broken, sinful people. And for this reason, Jesus died for our sins and we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus and the infinite grace of God.
Your failures don’t make you a failure, they make you human.
When God looks at us, He looks at us through the blood of His Son and we are made worthy by His grace.
“”I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
Your shame is not bigger than the blood of Jesus Christ.
If you are thinking that you are too much of a sinner, that you are ruined, that there are so many bad things in your past that you can’t escape from or be forgiven for, then that is pride talking. You are saying that the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you is not enough to wipe your slate clean. That, my friend, is the devil lying to you.
The blood of Jesus is enough!
Listen to this prophecy given to Isaiah from God. Isaiah 43:1-4. This is not just for Israel; this is for each of us whom God calls by name.
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.”
God chooses who He will pour His favor out upon. He searches for those who have a repentant heart.
King Saul of Israel lost God’s favor because even though he was anointed to be king, he was a sinner who would not repent and come back to God. He continued to be disobedient. (1 Samuel 15) But David, nothing more than a shepherd boy, became the anointed King of Israel and had God’s favor all his life. Even though he committed adultery with Bathsheba and then sent her husband Uriah to the front lines of battle to die, David repented in such a way. He cried out for God to forgive him. He humbled himself before God and begged for forgiveness and then he turned from sin and pursued righteousness. (2 Samuel 11)
God saw Saul’s heart and he saw David’s heart and he knew the difference between the two.
What does God see when He searches your heart? Are you truly sorry for your sins and repentant? Have you humbled yourself before God? Do you now work toward living a righteous life and turning from sin? Or do you hold on to your sin and think it’s too much for God to forgive? Are you content in your brokenness? Or are you ready to be set free?
Just because you had a bad start in life, does not mean you have to finish bad.
It’s time for you to stop listening to the devil tell you all the reasons you are not good enough, and start proclaiming all the things about you that are right. Even as many years as I’ve been in ministry, the devil still tries to tell me I’m nothing, that I haven’t done enough, that I’m not bearing fruit, and not bringing enough people to Christ.
We have to get to the point as mature Christians where we can encourage ourselves and put the devil in his place – under our foot. Jesus gave us the authority to do just this! Remember, Satan is an angel, created by God. Satan is not divine and he is not, nor will ever be, God’s equal. Satan is not the author of life, he is the author of lies. He can only twist what God has done, and turn it into sin.
By holding on to the past and your guilt and shame, you embed yourself in mud. You forgot to grab hold of all God’s promises. Today we are set free in the name of Jesus! Today you pull your feet out of the mud and you are stuck no more. You will not sink any lower! We are going up to the high places and we will not settle for anything less.
You need to write these down and memorize them. Put them in a place you can see. When the devil comes at you; when you feel yourself getting down and feeling less than, say these out loud and often.
- I am more than a conqueror.
- I am a victor, not a victim.
- No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
- Nothing can separate me from the love of God.
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- I am a child of the Living God.
- I am a weapon of mass destruction to the enemy.
- I am an heir of the most High God.
- If God is for me, who can be against me?
- Nothing is impossible with God.
Jesus, we thank you for watching over us and calling each of us by name. Fill us to overflowing with your Holy Spirit, your breath of Life, your Living Word and your quenching water. Bless us, keep us, inspire us, encourage us, strengthen us and change us for your glory and your delight. Help us to hold on to your promises and remember who we are and to whom we belong. Shake us loose oh God from the mud we are stuck in and set us on a path according to your will.
In the name of Jesus, our Lord and our Savior and name above all names. Hallelujah and Amen!