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So that vs Because – Goliath Must Fall

Thank you Lord that you love me, value me, and accept me, just as I am. I don’t have to do anything to prove it to me or anyone else, because you’ve already given me your love and acceptance. Help me to live this life, every day, knowing that I am not rejected. I am accepted.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

If you haven’t read this book or followed the Bible study on “Goliath Must Fall”, I would highly recommend it. I was listening to the Bible Study of Rejection must fall today, from his Bible Study on FaithGateway and I am really convicted.

He talks about our motivations for life and why we do the things that we do. He called it religion vs. faith. Religion operates from a “so that” mentality, while faith operates from a “because” mentality.

So that means I am doing these things so that I can reap a harvest or get a specific outcome. Acceptance, approval, or whatever that is. Because means that I have faith. I am doing these things, because I love God and know that he is good and I trust His plans. Lord, help me to live the because life. I am living my life, one day at a time, receiving my daily bread. I am not living so that I can reach a promise, I am living, because this is the life that you gave me and because I love you.

It’s an every day struggle for me. Even my post yesterday “Trust Him”, I can see myself operating again out of that “so that” mentality. I want this promise. I want to get to that place of restoration. I want it so badly. I want my husband back. I want my family back together. I keep struggling to shed this weight and run out my race set before me. I don’t want to live like this though. I want to live every day, knowing that I am in this place in my life, because God knew I was going to get to this place and He loves me and has bigger plans for my life. Not anything I can do will change what God has planned and why would I want to change those plans anyways? His plans are best. I don’t want to live every day, choosing actions, so that maybe my husband will fall in love with me again and maybe we can make things work again and maybe I can throw off this rejection. I want to live every day, because the Lord loves me and hasn’t rejected me. Because He is orchestrating my life to end up in the place He wants me and my family and my husband to be. He loves me already. I don’t have to do anything to make his plans come or to gain his acceptance. I already have it. And that means I can push past the idea of working towards a promise and instead spend every moment, every day, enjoying his presence and acceptance.

Don’t live for acceptance. “If we live for man’s approval, we die by man’s rejection.” Don’t live for acceptance, live FROM acceptance. Knowing that God already loves and accepts you just as you are, because He made you and knew you would get to this place in your life. He hasn’t rejected you and He never will. “Do you want to live so that you are accepted or because you already are?”

Colossians 1:21-22  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

Psalm 139:1-6 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

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