By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Have you ever felt like the only way you would be accepted by others, and perhaps God, would be if you were perfect?
This is where I hung out for much of my adult life.
“But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” (Romans 4:5, NLT)
That’s exactly what the enemy wants us to think. He cunningly whispers in our weakest moments:
- God can’t and won’t love you as long as you are imperfect.
- You should be ashamed of yourself. You would be rejected if others knew how you mess up.
- You’ll never get into heaven with as many mistakes as you’ve made!
After years of listening to lies such as these, I began to believe he was right. I somehow forgot that it wasn’t perfect works that saved me in the first place, but my faith in a righteous Redeemer.
The thing we have to remember about our enemy is that he will often distort just a fraction of truth, and present it in the context of an otherwise true statement, to slither into our beliefs unnoticed. For example, I would agree that only perfection is good enough to enter the kingdom of heaven.
But here’s the point the enemy leaves off: God knew none of us would ever be good enough. So He sacrificed His son, letting Him die on a cross so that our sins could be forgiven. In doing so, He put on us the righteousness of Jesus, so that when He looks on us, He sees what is Holy, what is good, what is clean and pure.
Jesus came and died for us as sinners so that we could be seen as righteous in God’s eyes.
“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners”
(Romans 5:6, NLT).
Will you stop listening to the father of lies and accept the robe of righteousness that Christ died to give you?
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com
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