Are You Beating Yourself Up?

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Are you beating yourself up?  Do you ever find yourself questioning your salvation?  Do you ever feel that you aren’t good enough for God?  When you think about the Rapture, do you feel that you won’t be called to go with Jesus?  Do you feel that you are so full of sin that Jesus wouldn’t want you with Him?

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If God has drawn you near to Him [John 15:16John 15:16
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16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  

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], and you have accepted His invitation to be saved by His grace and mercy; you have repented your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are saved [John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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, Romans 10: 9Romans 10: 9
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9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  

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,  Acts 16:31Acts 16:31
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31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  

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 Mark 16:16Mark 16:16
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16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  

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, John 11:25-26John 11:25-26
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25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  

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].  No ands, ifs, or buts.  Do your truly believe that God expects us to be perfect?  Of course he doesn’t!  Our lives are planned out exactly as God has designed us.  He already knows that we are going to commit sin.  We are born with the curse of sin, but that doesn’t keep us from being saved, and glorifying His Holy name!

I Corinthians 4:1-5 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.  3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court.  In fact, I do not even judge myself.  4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.  5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.  Then each one’s praise will come from God.

My study Bible says that Paul realizes that he is fallible, but instead of spending hours agonizing over our imperfections, we should concentrate on being faithful to God here and now.  When the Holy Spirit makes us aware of our faults, we should confess them immediately but realize that we are not really competent to judge ourselves.  We are free to serve God with our whole heart and with passion, and leave the judging to God.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

4 thoughts on “Are You Beating Yourself Up?

  1. Martha Orlando

    Mary, so many think they have to be “perfect” to be a Christian when exactly the opposite is true. Jesus is there to forgive our sins and imperfections and we are certainly not supposed to wallow in our guilt when He has paid the ultimate price to save us. And, yes, serve the Lord in love and leave judgment to God!
    Beautiful post, my friend!

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      So very true Martha! Really, if we WERE perfect, we wouldn’t have needed Jesus to die for our sins 🙂 I’m so grateful that God drew me close to him at this time of my life!

    2. Kathy

      Mary,
      This is a wonderful post. I just had a conversation with an old friend who has misgivings about what God has in store for her and I forwarded her this post. We often need to remind ourselves, God doesn’t care what we are as long as we are His and know it.

      1. mhudakcollins Post author

        How very true Kathy, we are just human. It’s so easy to loose sight of our purpose. It’s also easy to forget to put God first in our life. We sometimes try to ‘fix’ things on our own which eventually leads to us experiencing a learning curve. Thank you for visiting!

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