Why do we compare ourselves with other Christians? Why do we make our own guidelines and definitions of what a Christian is, what a Christian isn't, what we should be, how we should act, speak, live; the list goes on and on. Why do we measure one sin greater than another? We say we don’t, but friend, we do. Why do we advise people to work for their faith instead of receive the freedom God has already given us? In short, why do we choose to live under the old covenant when we have been given a new one?

The enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy. What's the root way he does that? Through our identity. He wants us to spend our lives, trying to work towards our salvation, to feel like we can never attain the righteousness that was given to us through Jesus. He wants us to live lives never fully freed so that we can never reach our full potential. He wants you and me to believe that we are not worthy, that we are not pure, but that we are sinners, broken, flawed, messy, and even repulsive in the presence of The Lord. He wants us to sit in our shame and guilt and constantly be reminded of our sin. I'm talking about you Christian. Literally some of you reading this see yourself like this. You see yourself as someone who is constantly broken, a person who will never be worthy of Jesus. Someone who enters into his presence with shame and guilt every time you are with Him. You talk to him and spend all your time apologizing and asking him to help you be a better person and Christian for the people round you and never take a moment to listen to Him.

How do I know this? Because not long ago that was me. I would spend my days telling God to help me to just be a better person. Help me to just stop screwing everything up. I would feel unworthy entering his presence every time I did because I was so disgusted with the person I was. I wasn't where I needed to be in order to fully behold Him and His glory. I felt crippled by shame and guilt.

Paul talks about this very thing in 2 Corinthians 3. He is trying to communicate to the church that we are no longer ministers of an old covenant but a new one.

"Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills but the Spirit gives life."

If you read all of this chapter (which you should stop right now and do) you'll see that the letter Paul is talking about, is the Ten Commandments and the covenant that Moses was given in the Old Testament. He calls the old covenant the ministry of death and the ministry of condemnation. Can you believe that? The Ten Commandments were a ministry of death and condemnation!! Why? Because the Israelites knew they could never keep them, they were constantly working toward something they could not attain on their own.  Paul even talks of Moses putting a veil over his face because the Israelites couldn’t stand in the glory of The Lord for it was too bright to behold. We are not too far off from these Israelites. We hide our faces from the glory of the Lord and the enemy uses the evil twins of Shame & Guilt to torment and haunt us. These lies of being broken, unworthy, grieved, and ashamed are what keep us covered and separated from Christ.

In the same chapter Paul speaks of this new covenant as the ministry of Righteousness and says that it was a covenant not written on stone but on tablets of human hearts. He calls us people of hope who are bold. He reminds us that when we turn to The Lord the veil is removed. We can now with unveiled face, behold the glory of The Lord and be transformed into His image. For the new covenant gives Life, not death. Do you see what happened here? Because of Jesus we have a covenant written on the tablet of our very hearts, we are bold; we are free! The Veil is gone and we can literally stand, uncovered, just as we are in the presence of The Lord. Because we are worthy, we are pure, we are whole through Jesus.

For at one time you WERE darkness, but now you ARE light in The Lord. Walk as children of the light.

We were once darkness, we weren't just walking in darkness and living in it, we were darkness according to Gods word and Paul’s letter in Ephesians. Literally we embodied darkness in all that we were.

In the same way, we now through Jesus' blood and sacrifice ARE light. We don’t just get to stand in the light of Jesus, we don’t just get the rays from His light on us; we ARE the light. Do you get this? It means that we literally embody everything that Light is. I'm not saying this, scripture is. I know it’s hard to wrap your brain around, because how can we possibly be light? The Spirit IS The Lord and Jesus has given us the Spirit. Our faces too now radiate with the same glory as Moses' did and we do not have to hide.

Through the Spirit, we can take on our new identity. Where the Spirit of The Lord is there is Freedom.

Just as Paul said, this revelation doesn't mean that you sin more so that grace may abound, it means that you don’t have to work for your salvation. You no longer have to spend all your time worrying about how to fix things and how to be the best Christian and do everything right. You of course will make mistakes, you'll feel your stomach drop in the moment you make a dumb decision, but you HAVE the victory within you!! It's already been won. Quit fighting and working towards it, you're fighting for something when all you have to do is receive. The Spirit convicts it does not condemn. Repent quickly and move on.

You are FREE, you are BOLD, and you are LIGHT. Walk as children of Light.

MinistryMonica Zuniga