Hey y'all! Sorry this week's church outfit is up a day late-- I ended up going to the Dr's and then didn't feel like posting (I know, no excuse... but I hung out with my little brother instead so s'all good right?) yesterday. I found a ring around a tick bite on my leg during church on Sunday, so I had to go get some antibiotics to ward off Lyme's. Since my mom and sister both have and are pretty sick with it, we wanted to knock it out of me fast.
Although I was severely distracted by the possibility of Lyme's and the itch of the bite during the sermon, it was an excellent one, and really encouraged me that even when I don't "feel" God or His peace, He's still there, and He still counts me as His.
We were focusing in the first verse of Romans 5, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," This "peace with God" is not the tranquility type of peace. Not the "I feel good about this" or Philippians 4:7 type. Paul is speaking here about Positional Peace. The objective, God-the-Judge-has-set-you-free peace. Let me 'splain.
Man and God are alienated, estranged because of our sin. God has great hostility towards the sinner because of our sin. He is righteous and His wrath must be appeased. Paul already went over this in the previous chapters of Romans. We see in this verse a great courtroom scene. We are standing guilty; we must be punished. God as God needs propitiation-- a big word that means His wrath must be appeased. He can't just "let go" and still be just.
Unlike us humans, the Lord can hate the sinner and love him at the same time. He loved us so much that he initiated reconciliation with us and punished His Son in our place. Thanks to Christ, we have been reconciled to the Lord, all glory to Him, and our relationship has changed. Our position of alienation has been obliterated and we are at peace with God. We cannot have Philippians 4:7 peace if we do not have Romans 5:1 peace. Now we have a place before God-- we are no longer estranged-- and we have access to His throne, His side. This Positional Peace is a perpetual blessing!
We may not feel very peaceful at one time or another. I know I'm struggling with peace about the nasty medicine I'm taking for the Lyme's. The thought of dealing with something chronically.
But I have positional peace with God, because of the wrath Christ took on my behalf, and I am able to approach His throne with my cares, worries, and uneasiness and He will listen. Even though I certainly do not deserve fellowship with Him. Oh, how sweet this truth is.
My outfit is one that I've thought about wearing for a long time, but I was never sure it would work. Thought it would be too "busy". I mentioned it to my mom last week and she gave me the push to actually wear it. :) The skirt I made over 4 years ago when I was just learning to sew. I haven't worn it in a very long time because it's not as flattering as my other skirts, but I had to make myself get over that. ;)
Tank: F21 ($1.80)
Skirt: Made by me (fabric $2.50, if that)
Shoes: Thrift store ($2)
Hat: Target, $20
Pearl set: Gift
I'm wearing out here, so I'll say ta-ta. Hope y'all have a fabulous week and stay away from ticks! :P What was your sermon about?