'We have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith.' Romans 5:1 AMP Do you ever worry that you're not good enough to be a Christian? You're not alone. Being a Christian can be tough at times. And the truth is, however hard we try, we all fall short somewhere. Even King David, who God called 'a man after My own heart' (Acts 13:22 NIV) made some monumental mistakes. We are all a work-in-progress (remember, only God is perfect), but that doesn't mean we're going to lose our place in Heaven. Romans 4:24 NLT assures us that 'God will also count us as righteous if we believe in Him.' Because we thank Jesus for what He did, and do our very best to live in a way that shows that, we'll have God's forgiveness, even if we mess up sometimes (or even a lot). As part of His family, He wants us to stay close to Him. It's all about us giving Him all we can, even when that's far less than perfection. Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. Now, imagine God looking at you through a screen that makes you appear completely pure and sin-free... well, that screen was constructed by the cross. Because Jesus died, with all the stuff you've done put on Him, God sees you as being righteous enough to be His family, too. So what now? Prophetic action: find the most tarnished coin you can. Drop it in a glass of Coke and watch it get all shiny-clean. Keep it as a reminder of how God sees you, because of Jesus.
Soulfood: Is 17-21, John 6:52-59, Ps 127, Prov 27: 25-27