My Verdict: Not Guilty

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

We all have a list a mile long of sins we have committed within our lifetime. The fact that we are sinners is a pretty widely accepted truth in the realms of the Christian Faith. Despite this accepted truth, I have recently begun to notice two trends in our culture today:

1. Christians are very good at believing that “others” are free from the burdens of their sins, yet few are able to completely grasp this concept for themselves.

2. Christians are often quick to pin-point “others” sin, before they acknowledge or resolve their “own” sin.

Looking deeper at these two trends I notice a commonality that both surprised me and stirred a passion within my heart. The commonality is this: As Christians, we know we sin…yet, despite the Scriptural truth of freedom in Christ and His gift of grace…we continue to walk in our shame.

The passion that stirred in my heart is fueled by Scriptures that speak against the lie that we are “not worthy” of God’s grace.

Friends, if we do not believe that God Himself deemed us worthy of His forgiveness and grace – we we holding ourselves back from fulfilling the dream that He has placed on our lives.

A dream? Yes, God designed each of us with giftings, callings, talents and a dream that is unique to us an individual.

In order to maximize our potential in fulfilling this God-dream we must first simply believe that we are “not guilty.”

Not Guilty.

Here are some Scriptures that you can tuck away into your heart when you need a reminder that because of Jesus’ sacrifice we are “not guilty”:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. (‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭23-24 ESV)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4 MSG)

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (‭John‬ ‭5‬:‭24‬ ESV)

Friends, not only are we “not guilty”; we are chosen, the focus of His love and an heir to the incredible gift of eternal life! We have every reason to walk boldly and confidently in our dreams, y’all. May I encourage you to take a few moments today to thank Jesus for His amazing sacrifice and then allow the very truth that because of such a sacrifice our verdict is “not guilty” to permeate your heart.

When those moments are up, stand firm on your feet and endeavor to take every step from here on out confidently and in pursuit of the dream God has designed specifically for YOU.

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“So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭22-25‬ MSG)

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