The kind of relationship God looks forward to having with each of His children is a rich one, full of child-like innocence and wonder. But for many of God’s children, this is not the case. And a major reason why this is so is due to that subtle lying voice that unfailingly reminds one of past failings.
Many Christians still have the mindset of “I’m a bloody sinner” and continue to allow feelings of guilt and shame ruin their relationship with God. This mindset taints their prayer life, what they meditate upon, and eventually shifts their gaze from the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
If somehow, you my dear reader happens to be in this category, please be informed of this: IN THE EYES OF GOD, YOU ARE A SAINT. In most of the epistles, believers in Christ are referred to as Saints, translated from a Greek word which also means “holy thing”, “Set apart by or for God”. As long as you are a believer in Christ Jesus, you are a saint in God’s eyes.
The fact that we are called saints does not necessarily mean we have attained perfection and are not in need of building up. Saints still need to be perfected (Eph. 4:12). God wants us to see ourselves the way He sees us. In our walk of faith, we have to take God at His word and submit ourselves to the growth process, so that we can indeed be who God says we are.
We do not become perfected saints because we strive to, we become perfected saints because that is what God has called us to be, and we have chosen to align ourselves with His Word.
Let’s not make the mistake Adam and Eve made; listening, and acting on words contrary to what God had spoken to them, concerning their nature. Don’t let feelings of guilt and shame come between you and God anymore. God already declared to us that nothing would come between Him and us (Rom. 8:38-39).
Walking before (and with) God as becometh saints, is God’s will for us and it is how we grow in Grace. The good news is that He has given us everything we need to achieve this. So whenever that lying voice whispers guilt to you, shout the Word of God back at it.