Freed From Cycle Of Defeat Through Gift Of Righteousness
I watch you on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and your broadcast program, Destined To Reign, is a lifeline for me. The Spirit of God had been speaking to me about grace for some time. For more than 30 years, I carried the burden of shame and guilt due to a mistake that affected me and my family throughout the years. I had fallen and did not know how to get up.
I went to seek help from various Christian counselors and it seemed as though nobody could help me. I felt STUCK, going nowhere. I began to believe that God was punishing me and that He would deliver me in His time. Although, I continued to fast, pray, tithe, go to church, read my Bible and try to obey God's Word, I lived a life of resentment, anger, hatred and bitterness. I felt like a failure in life.
It seemed like other folks were enjoying God's goodness while I was waiting on God to get me out of the "miry clay". Although I know that God's Word says, "He is faithful to forgive me," I forgave everyone else but I was unable to forgive myself. I remained under the law and condemnation for years. I was confused, miserable and unhappy.
I believed that God had good and not evil plans for my life. However, I was trying to think myself happy and I tried to do good to everyone and not be “bad” anymore so that I would be pleasing to God. However, I remained in a vicious cycle of defeat and waited for God to get me out of the destructive pit.
Now, I have the revelation of the gift of righteousness and the gift of grace. Now, I understand what it means when Jesus said, "IT IS FINISHED." Now, I know what Jesus meant when He said, "Whom the Son sets free, is FREE indeed."
I thank God for untangling me from the yoke of bondage of legalism and self-effort. I read those scriptures under the law for years and now at age 60, I finally understand the song that says, "His Grace is SUFFICIENT for me—God's Grace is sufficient for me".
Pastor Joseph, thank you for stepping out and preaching grace.
Virginia, United States