You are Accepted Here

Posted: March 25, 2018 in Arise and Shine, Da Grace Race, Dairy of a Freeman, The Grind Theorem, Touchstone

So on this Sunday, after church, I walked to the patisserie to get me some cake and Ice cream.

As I stood there tired, knees numb as I queued because I am not the only one with sweet-mouth.
I saw the Visa card sign on the table, it read… ‘VISA, ACCEPTED HERE’

Something just snapped inside of me when I saw that sign, my heart just instantly became so heavy and from where I come from, I think I knew why. Church for me has been my place of strength and forgiveness, and I wondered if broken people felt so when they came through our doors. 
There is one story in scriptures I love so much, it is the one of the adulteress that was being accused by the Pharisees, remember that story?
Jesus only wanted one thing, to be alone with her, so he could speak to her heart. So he asked them one question. “Let the one among you without sin be the one to throw the first stone”
“they went away one by one” after hearing those words. “The Gospel, with an amount of irony, says they went away, one by one, starting with the eldest: clearly they owed a lot of money to the heavenly bank!” So now, Jesus has his alone time with her…
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 

More like; “We are alone, You are before God, no accusations, no gossip: you and God”
“No one condemned me, Lord.” And so Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
What’s more, Jesus “was pure and could have himself cast the first stone.” But Christ “goes further than that. He does not say adultery is not a sin, but he does not condemn her with the law.” This is “the mystery of the mercy of Jesus.”
That He forgives without condemning.
Sometimes I wonder how hard the hypocrisy in our sermons over the pulpit and the reflection of our personal lives is chasing people away from God.
I remember that Andy Mineo’s song where he goes “I am only a beggar pointing to you where the bread is at”.
That got me personally!
And sometimes I wished Christians will show others that there is life in Jesus because we have experienced a genuine fountain of forgiveness from the father rather than act like “Gatekeepers of salvation and detectives in the Department of Holiness and Perfection Affairs”
Just a little prayer!

Father, I thank you because the entrance of your word will lighten up the hearts of your people, you will teach them the acceptance that only comes from you and the unconditional love that the cross shares abroad in their hearts”
YOU’RE ELOHIM, GOD IS LOVE


So, in that story, we see the merciful attitude of Jesus: He defends sinners from their enemies. He defends the sinner from a just condemnation.
He who is the forgiveness of sins tells the woman that she is accepted, that she is forgiven, isn’t it just liberating?!!
I remember God asking me once, “Do you clean up before going to have a bath?” I was puzzled and just responded “Isn’t that what a bath is for?” 
I remember a Friend of mine being confused when I asked her this and in turn, Imagine the confusion in heaven when we act the way we do.
A lot of us are waiting to be good enough for God before we court his presence; before we go to the throne room, but like that sign reads, God is bringing us to a place where He says ‘Darling, your weaknesses are ACCEPTED HERE, In fact, my presence is a fountain of forgiveness!”
He is calling you to a place of knowing that He has loved you even from the foundations of the earth, while you were dead in sin, he has forgiven you. Hard to believe but it is the truth.
Remember what he told Jeremiah? “Even in your mother’s womb, I knew you”
His love does not call you to shrink under the responsibilities of knowing that the one who placed the stars in the sky and called them by name calls you friend, NO.
His love says “The hair on your head is numbered, it all works together for your Good” That’s his love for you!
His love calls us to a place where we are loved enough to say ‘Father, a thousand times I have failed and your mercy didn’t leave me, and should I stumble again, still I am caught in your grace’…
The medicine is there, the healing is there—if only we take a small step toward God or even just the desire to take that step.”
God leaves nothing untried in reaching out to you, He overlooks no possibility, no matter how small, in attempting to give the gift of forgiveness.
God awaits us with open arms; we need only take a step toward him like the Prodigal Son. But if weak as we are, we don’t have the strength to take that step, just the desire to take it is enough.
Jesus goes beyond and forgives us not with a decree but with a loving caress.
What is God saying to you? accept my waterfall of forgiveness, the blood paid for you.
His blood chose you unconditionally, so stop cleaning up before coming to me, stop trying to get right with me before coming to me, no I don’t need you to, I just need you to come.
God is saying, don’t clean up before you come, because I am the bath, I am the fountain of ever so abounding forgiveness… DARLING, YOU ARE ACCEPTED HERE!
In my presence, you can come boldly to the throne of grace, however dirty you think you are, let me clean you up, just come
However weak you are, let me give you strength, allow my grace to flow in the areas of your weaknesses, your insecurities, your fears, allow me to work through you both to will and to do.
Will you let him?
Adam said “Lord, I heard you were in the Garden, I was AFRAID, so i hid, because i was naked” and guess what God’s response was? 
“Who told you that?” 
Sometimes our skewed perception of God is what keeps us away from him. We shrink because we don’t deserve the love we get.
But the cross deserved it for us.

Believer, the price on your life is an overpayment, Jesus paid the bounty on your life, you have received liberty by the cross.
I will meet you where you are, stop the hide and seek… I love you unconditionally, I won’t ever condemn you.
My love is forever, guess what it made me do for you? it made me hang on the cross, it made me take whips for you, I took a spear by my side for you, I am not stopping until I have you… Until you say yes!
… A little scratch here and there, some bruises here and there is not enough to take you away from me, you are my pristine and priced possession, stop pushing me away because you don’t think you deserve this love that I give, no, you are totally worth it.
He is saying… hey you, woss, I made you, I love you just the way you are, I don’t want you to do better just to please me, nah I want you like that, don’t put on the make-up when you come into my presence, I want you without a snapchat filter, I made you remember?
Like the Samaritan woman, he asks us to drink and not thirst anymore, he says, when you get to the end of yourself, free refills are ACCEPTED HERE! 
So, tossed around by weaknesses, insecurities,chained by sicknesses, what is he saying like Visa Card? YOU ARE ACCEPTED HERE!
Come when you think I don’t deserve you, when you don’t like what you see, when you think your card will be declined, and you will still be ACCEPTED HERE.
His words are not empty, because he proved his love by his sacrifice.

Here’s what John the Beloved says of Jesus…
“Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” John 15:13
He went to the bottom for you, descended to the depths, suffering the consequences of all your failures and totality of your fears.
Thoughts of you keep him awake, you are ACCEPTED HERE!
Feel free to Come, Come when you feel like the worse Sinner, come when you feel higher, Come when you are depressed, come when you are less impressed, COME, YOU ARE ACCEPTED HERE. 

#Selah

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