Today I was a little disheartened that I still was struggling with unbelief in the same two areas of my own life, self-worth and financial provision. I felt like I should already be at that place to totally trust in Him in these areas and frankly I was beating myself up a bit about it. I want to be at that place of full trust. I was talking to Daddy about this (otherwise known as prayer) and he gently said to me:
“Rest in this process my sweet. Look at how far you have come in such a short time, you only really began to allow yourself to know the real me my love less than a year ago. It hasn’t even been a year since I revealed to you that I was a good father and you were able to receive and believe that truth (divine persuasion leading to our belief=Faith). You have just begun to see and understand that I am for you, that I love you, that I am not going to ever leave you. Allow me the time my love, as with any relationship, to persuade you of these things you struggle to believe. Allow me to show you that I am a man of my word, I am for you, you can count on me, there is so much more for you to learn and discover about me. Allow yourself that time, be at rest in this moment you are in, let me love you my daughter the way I created you to be loved by me. I’ve been persuading you from the very beginning. I’ve been speaking tenderly to the deepest places of your heart calling you to me. Rest in my loving embrace my sweet, and know I will complete that which I have started. You are my joy.”
He drew me to Hebrews 8:12, For I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more.
Let’s add some Greek definitions next to the words for a deeper look. (as always I encourage you to check them out for yourself, I love Biblehub.com)
For I will be merciful (forgiving) toward their iniquities (unrighteousness) and I will remember (recall, call to mind, mention, remind oneself purposefully) their sins (missing the mark, not sharing, forfeiture because of not hitting the target, not of faith of self effort) no more.
Daddy thank you for being forgiving towards me when I struggle with unbelief, thank you for your tender mercy when I struggle to believe my righteousness through your finished work on the cross. Thank you that you do not recall, or remember any of it, that your promise to me is that you will not even mention it, because of Jesus finished work on the cross.
Hebrews 9:14: how much more will the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the Living God.
To many of us are still relying on dead works to serve our Living God, but Jesus came to purify our conscience from that lie.
Looking at this with some Greek definitions next to the words this speaks even deeper. How much more will the blood of Christ who through (on account of) the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify (make clean, unmixed, remove all admixture) our conscience (seeing the becomes knowing, and thus see, self-judging, co perception. From suneidon=sun-joined close together, in tight identification, eidon-visible form, shape, appearance, to see, what is physically seen from eido=a view) from dead (lacks life, unresponsive to life-giving influences, dead man) works (toilsome labor, tasks) to serve (worship, render acceptable service) the Living God.
How much more will the blood of Christ who on account of the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, clean and remove all admixture in our self judging, and what we closely identify ourselves with; from dead works (toilsome labor) to serve (render techinical and acceptable service) the Living God.
Daddy doesn’t want dead works from us, that is not the work he called us to.
The Mirror translations states “God does not demand sacrifice; he provides the sacrifice! The ultimate sacrifice for sins would never be something we did, or brought to God, to appeal to him; but the shocking scandal of the cross, is the fact that mankind is confronted with the extravagant, embarrassing proportions of the love of their Maker; he would go to the most ridiculous extreme to finally convince us of his heart towards us! In order to persuade us of our worth to him, he speaks the most severe scapegoat language: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” This completely disarms religion! Suddenly there is nothing that we can do to persuade God about our sincere intentions; this is God persuading us of his eternal love dream!”
That is the Good News my friends, that is the truth that sets us free. Out of that truth, out of that realization of Daddy’s love for us will come the fruit, the good works. When we try to get there the other way around we are just laboring in dead works to serve a Living God that has already made the way for us. Our work is to Believe.
Daddy I pray for each person reading this, I pray that if your words to me spoke to them that they would lay hold of them as their own. I pray that you would show each of them any area where they are still relying on dead works instead of the finished work of the cross. I pray for fresh revelation, fresh joy, over each person reading this today. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.