Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Real You (Dan Stone)

Here is a wonderful quote from the book The Rest of the Gospel, by Dan Stone.

I read this recently when I was down on myself because of a failure in my life.  As I read, my sense of condemnation and shame over how I'd failed just melted away!  All the vague feelings that the enemy tried to put on me - feelings that God might look on me with disappointment or displeasure -  just disappeared!  The fog of confusion lifted, and I could see once again that His face had always been and was still turned toward me with a loving look and a smile!  That is the power of the good news of grace, isn't it?!  It is the power of God to save - deliver - us from the devil's lies, sinful confusion, feelings of doubt, etc. into the glorious freedom of being unconditionally loved and perfectly RIGHT with God!!  The good news of grace is so powerful in my life, and I love how it brings me right back to reality, the new creation, Spirit-reality that God has brought about in my life..and in the lives of all of His dear children!

I love how in the quote below, Dan Stone describes the real, true self, the real and true US that we REALLY are because of Christ!  He has regenerated us and made us a new creation, and that person, our true self, the deep-down spirit-self within us, is complete and perfect - that is how we've been MADE!

"You are a righteous person...

When He look at you, He sees the nature of His Son.

He sees you as love.
He sees you as joy.
He sees you as peace.
He sees you as righteous.
He sees you redeemed.
He sees you justified.
He sees you perfect.
He sees you complete...

This is the real you.

Your false self - your flesh and its independent efforts to cope in the world - is not the real you.

The real you is a new creation:  righteous, holy, blameless, acceptable, beloved."

                                                                                    Dan Stone

3 comments:

  1. It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.
    Charles Spurgeon

    Indeed Satan tries to blind us to God's grace by showing us footage of the failures in our life. We replay in our hearts and minds the misdeeds that have long been forgotten by the Lord.

    This negates the work on the Cross...dilutes the blood of Christ.

    But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

    “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”


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  2. Great Blog...our names are similar eh? Love the waterfall analogy!

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  3. Yes, similar names for our blogs! I also love the waterfall idea - the picture of grace pouring onto us at all times!

    God bless you, Luke!

    In Him,
    Sparrow

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14