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Found Guilty and Set Free

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Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Sometimes, when I am reading the Word of God; I come upon a scripture that causes me to just stop in my tracks. The above verses caused me to have such a moment. Even though I know and have known for some time that I was made free by the blood of Jesus, something about reading it again here caused cold chills (the good kind) to run through my body. The verse that really got me was verse four where it says: “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”

I know what you are thinking, “Surely the pastor knew this before now? Surely He knew that we are free before now?” It’s not that I didn’t know I was free before now, it’s what is said in the language of this verse that got me. It says that “I am without blame.” In other words, it’s what it doesn’t say that really gets me. It does not say that “I am without sin, or failure, or bad days.”

It says that I am “without blame.” In other words, God knows that I will have some sin in my life even after I know Jesus no matter how hard I try. He knows that I will have failure in my life even after I know Jesus despite my best efforts. He knows I will have some bad days even after I acknowledge Jesus as my Savior. He isn’t saying I won’t have bad moments; He is simply saying that I will no longer be blamed for them. In essence, He is saying this:

“You may be found guilty in a court of law for your mistakes, but you will never serve time for it.” In Christ, we are found guilty and yet we are set free because of His sacrifice. Because of the blood of Jesus, I am no longer judged to death. Because of the blood of Jesus, I am no longer blamed for my transgressions. That is something to celebrate!!

“He Will Do The Rest”

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1 Samuel 16:1-12 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

There is one thing about God that you can never predict; who He will choose for a particular task. When the Lord had given Samuel a prophetic Word to go to Jesse to anoint one of his sons as the next king of Israel, no- body expected that son to be David. In fact, David wasn’t even invited to the party.

His own father, who probably knew him better than anyone on earth; didn’t even think to include him among the candidates for Samuel to observe. It is only after Samuel had looked over all the other sons that David was even mentioned. I find this story not only interesting, but in many ways; beautiful and full of grace.

You see, we are all a lot like Jesse. When we think of who God will pick for a particular calling, we will often make an assessment based on our experience or preference. Many of us even make the same mistake when we look at our own lives in reference to whether or not God would choose us for a mission.

We often see ourselves as ineligible. We remember all the failures of our past and immediately imagine that “God could never use us.” This is the part of the story where we must admit that God isn’t very much like us. God will often choose the one everybody else has overlooked. He is a God of mercy. He doesn’t need our talents or our gifting. He just needs one who is willing to say yes. He will do the rest.

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