Jenny Powers' Testimony of Grace
March 28, 2017
Passage: Psalms 40:1–40:5
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I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
I want to share something that God opened my heart and understanding to last week. I have done, and experienced, and been a part of many things in my life that by all earthly standards count as a lot of baggage. I have been a part of this church for 3 1/2 years now. I am learning and growing, and God has been changing me. But I have still felt, ACUTELY, my insufficiency, my imperfectness, my weaknesses, and my failures.
But Is God not greater?
Did he not send his Son to pay the penalty for my sins, to be my redemption, to be my righteousness, to be my holiness? As far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us!
I have heard those verses many times through the years. But last week God touched my heart: I understood, and I believed them.
This means that as I stand here today, not only can I SAY that I have no baggage, but my heart and mind also KNOWS and BELIEVES this! And all this so that we may give Glory to God! This is not a SELF-esteem for me, but rather,
GOD-esteem! And because of God's esteem for me, I am truly Free! Free and falling in love with the Savior that gave His life for mine. And He gave his life for all of you. And this part is really exciting to me: TOGETHER we are the Bride of Christ; and one day we will be presented, pure and holy, to the groom. So I want to extend this encouragement: Don't let sins or baggage from your past hold you back from the sweetness of what Christ has done and continues to do for us! Believe! And if you struggle with truly believing, as I did, then pray and ask God to help your unbelief! I promise you, God WILL answer your prayer!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
With Christ's Love,