Our struggle, God's solution!

Two verses that changes everything! 
Romans 3:23-24
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Inherent and implied in these verses are two very important truths for our lives! First, we have all sinned, broken God’s laws, God’s commands for living and with that we all fall short of God’s glory, which means His glorious image and likeness! Falling short of His glory simply means we are not able to live with God in our lives and we are not able to live as the person God created us to be!
Our struggle!
So many of us struggle with identity, why we were born, what our purpose is.
So many are using their feelings, desires or culture’s explanation for why they are the way they are to shape their identity and purpose! They simply are concluding that this is the way they were created. Thinking, “this must be the way I was created by God because these feelings and desires are so strong and come so naturally!”
The first scripture clearly shows us the reason why we are struggling is because we are not living by God’s created order and therefore, we are “falling short” or missing out on having God in our lives and missing out on God’s intended purpose!  Verse 23 reveals it is because of sin (fallen state) that we only see (live in) our fallen nature/image  not our created image!   We must not mistakenly accept our fallen human nature as what God created us to be. Our fallen Human nature is not our God-given identity!  Even though we struggle with our depraved human nature we must see it for what it is – a byproduct of being separated from God!
God’s solution!
The second scripture clearly gives the antidote for our terminal condition, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God comes to declare that just as “all have sinned”, “all have been justified freely”! Being justified means being made righteous. How this happened is just as amazing as it is glorious, Romans 3:22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. 
God’s solution was to justify our lives, He made us righteous by giving us His righteousness! The astounding thing is we have been restored to the image of our Creator!  No longer living in the image of fallen man!  Everything that is good about God was given to us through the redemption that comes by Jesus Christ!
The implication is we no longer fall short of the glory of God! We no longer miss out on discovering the glorious image of God we have been created in!
Today, if you want to thank God for something big, thank Him because at the moment you placed your trust in Jesus, He gave you His righteousness! Allow yourself to linger there for a few moments! Thank Him for giving you eyes to see that everything good about Him is now good about you – because of Jesus!
God says, Enjoy!

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