Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Because of Jesus" (Connie Witter)

I want to share a few nuggets from the gold mine of this new Bible Study in the hope that it will bless you as it had me (and with the purpose of sealing them in my heart:

- "The moment you put your trust in Jesus, He exchanged identities with you. He became your sin and He gave you His righteousness as a gift of His grace."

- "God wants you to exchange trying to be virtuous, with trusting in Jesus and believing that you are a virtuous woman because of Him."

- "...if you base your self-worth and self-esteem on your relationship with God and what He thinks and feels about you, your life will be filled with joy and peace. Regardless of how well you perform, God's love for you and the value He places on your life will never change. When you are secure in His love and acceptance, you don't have to worry about pleasing others and living up to their expectations because that need is met through your relationship with God. You are His precious daughter, and He thinks you're wonderful."

"The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

Powerful, life-changing truths. I don't know about you, but I am weary of trying in my own strength. Weary of the discouragement and the lies the enemy whispers into my ear. I am ready to trust Jesus to produce good fruit in my life. I want to get down into my heart the truth that I am already that virtuous women because of what He did for me in His death on the cross.