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"Because He Said So! Discovering who the I AM says I am"

 

The I AM says I am innocent!

 

“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

 

I don’t watch much television, but when I do I find myself looking for a true crime TV show like Dateline, Snapped, or The First 48. I find them fascinating. All of these shows seem to follow the same general formula. They begin by painting a picture of the life for the characters before the crime, segue into the crime itself, and conclude with the verdict. Admittedly, once I begin watching one of these shows I cannot tear myself away. I have to watch to the end. I must know if they are found guilty or innocent and I even watch for the sentence that is usually written in white text at the end of the show just before the credits. More often than not, when the verdict is read on these shows we hear the word, “Guilty”.

 

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be the one on trial, standing accused of a horrific crime with an airtight case against you? All of the evidence presented is indisputable and it is obvious to all that you are indeed guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. The time comes for the reading of the verdict and as the gavel falls you hear the words, “I find the defendant… Not-Guilty!” Everyone is stunned! What happened? How is this even possible? Where is the justice? This is not what you deserve!

 

We should all be prepared because one day we will be on the docket to stand in front of The Judge. And as defendant we should know that God is a just God; He cannot be bought, bribed, or bargained with. He hates sin and Romans 6:23 clearly states that the wages of sin is death. We should expect to be found guilty when the verdict is read because we are flawed. It is impossible for us to live perfect lives and to keep the entire law. James 2:10 tells us, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” So, someone has to pay the price for our sin. As we touched on yesterday, ladies, we are sinners, but we are forgiven. But our precious Savior went beyond simply forgiving us. We no longer have to cover up our sins because the sacrifice of Jesus has removed them, and God remembers them no more! We are guilty but declared innocent through the sacrifice of Christ. He paid a great price indeed for our innocence. And there is nothing more the enemy would love than for you to let your guilt rob you of this priceless gift. You see, guilt creates shame and separation from our Father. No sin is too much for His mercy; it doesn’t matter what we’ve done. It matters what Jesus did. He took the sentence that was meant for us.

 

When we accept the gift, delivered to us in the form of a baby sent to earth to live and ultimately die as a sacrifice our sin, we are not just forgiven but our lives are wiped clean. He sees us as blameless. So today as you replay the record of your life and you relive all of your hurts, habits, and hang-ups don’t let the devil steal from you what was Divinely given to you. Believe what God’s word clearly states. Stop slouching with condemnation and start standing up and believing Him, stating, “I am innocent…because He said so!”

 

Additional Reading: Psalm 19:12-13; Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 51:5-7; Psalm 19:12-13; Jude 1:24; Romans 8:1-3

 

Dear Lord, 
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen

 

 

 

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