“And be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith In Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”
I'm found in the victorious blood of Christ, not in my religious efforts. God has been wrecking me lately. He has been pursuing me and chasing after every part of my heart. He has been breaking through walls that I had long ago put up. He has been tearing down lies that paralyzed me in fear and breathing His truth on my hungry soul. He's been revealing insecurities that held me back from full surrender. He's been giving me a spirit that is poor in my strength and merits, and desperate for Him. Daily I am humbled by my attempts of self righteousness and striving for what has already been poured out on me. When I strive after righteousness and favor, I disregard Jesus. I look right over Him and look into a mirror that displays my image. A image that was made in his image to reflect His image. I am an image that can never obtain a righteousness of my own, but can only, by His grace, reflect his righteousness.
I’m a people pleaser and my whole life I’ve felt like I could never please anyone. The freedom from this bondage is found in Christ alone. Because of Him I never have to seek the approval of man, God didn't create me to please man, but to please and glorify Him. Since I am buried and raised with Christ, I have all of God’s favor poured out on me. He has accepted me in the Beloved. My need to strive and obtain righteousness died on the cross with the perfect sacrifice. When He rose again, He resurrected with perfect righteousness and freedom for His children. Today I sit before you as a righteous and free daughter of God. No longer do I seek approval because I live in the perfect approval of God. His sacrifice was perfect and complete, it lacked nothing.
“For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” He says “I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more. Where there is forgiveness of these there is no longer any offering for sin”.
Application: God is bringing healing as I confess before Him, my brothers and sisters my sins. As I continue to be purified and washed by His Word, He continues to reveal areas of my life that need to be confessed and and washed by His blood. People pleasing has been one of these areas. I am also praying that He will increase my faith to believe in His righteousness that is poured out on me.