When you approach God, do you sense His dissatisfaction?
Does every prayer begin with you lamenting your own unrighteousness?
Do you feel His displeasure with you?
Does it make you reluctant to spend time in personal prayers?
We have been conditioned by the theology of hell to see ourselves as distasteful to God. The message of man’s failure has been preached to the exclusion of all else so that we’ve missed one big news item.
Jesus satisfied the Father, once and for all, on the cross. [Tweet This]
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; - 1 Peter 3:18 NASB
If you have turned from your old ways and accepted God’s free gift of life and citizenship in the kingdom of heaven, the righteousness of Jesus is applied to your account.
I hear much about the forgiveness of sin, but there’s more to what Jesus did for us that simple forgiveness. [Hear me, I’m not trying to make forgiveness small—it’s HUGE.]
Think of a man with a massive bill to pay. A bill greater than the value of all his worldly possessions. He liquidates all his assets and he’s still in debt. His balance is negative. If some kind benefactor comes along and pays the bill for our debtor friend, what does he have?
He's out of debt, but may still have to go begging for food to survive.
But if that benefactor then takes our formerly indebted friend and sets him up in business, gives him a car, and a home and provides an income while the business is getting off the ground, what does the man need now? He’s gone from deep in debt to prosperity.
When our friend—no longer a debtor—meets his former creditor, how does the creditor feel toward him? There is no reason for our friend to grovel and beg for leniency because the debt has been satisfied.
And what is this man’s approach to the one who paid the debt?
The Father (both creditor and benefactor in this story) has not simply paid our debt, and left us penniless. He has filled our account with the righteousness of Jesus.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
God is satisfied with us. He didn't leave us in a place of begging for His tolerance. He has invited us in to the family, giving us a seat at His table.
Brothers and sisters, don’t allow the lies of our enemy to keep you stuck outside the gates of the kingdom of heaven. His lies have held back so many sons and daughters from ever experiencing the Father’s good favor. Any personal prayer they may attempt ends up looking more like a beggar at the road side hoping for a scrap of bread than a prince sitting at his Father's banquet table.
I implore you today, my sisters and brothers, take your place at the table. Feast on the Father’s provision. Bask in His satisfaction.
Keep the light on!