This is what the Lord says!
Recently I was surprised by a song that came out of my mouth. “This is what the Lord says, this is what the Lord says, I am pleased with you, I delight in you.” God was singing TO me, THROUGH me. Now the prophetic song is nothing new to me, but the content gave me pause… hmmm
When His grace and love helps me to get past my performance filter (what friend and Bible teacher Dudley Hall calls the “do-to-be” tree) I can hear God sing that to me and believe it because of Who Jesus is in me, and who I am in Jesus!
Religion focuses on what we can do to get God’s approval (and it is never enough.) The love of God as demonstrated by Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension tells as many as believe (and He even gives us the grace to believe) that we already have God’s approval. As Leif Hetland says, “orphans live FOR the approval of God, sons live FROM it.”It is not a manifestation of humility to act and live like we don’t please God. On the contrary it could be a manifestation of unbelief, religion, or false humility (pride.) If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation.“This is what the Lord says, this is what the Lord says, I am pleased with you, I delight in you, I abide in you, I BELIEVE IN YOU!”