I was journaling on a chunk of verses from Romans chapter 4. Here's the part that really struck me:
...God will also count us as righteous if we believe in Him—the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God. (Romans 4:24-25)
As I began to apply this to my own life, I started writing,
"God will also count me as righteous if I believe in Him" (verse 24). The word righteous has gotten me hung up in the past "Me? Righteous? Hasn't He seen what I've done?!"
And right there He spoke to my heart, "Of course I have—but haven't you seen what my Son has done?!!!"
That was such a sweet interchange—God showing me that what Jesus did (dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins) is far greater than my sin could ever be! This is part of why I am loving the SOAP journaling—because it is a tool for God to affect you deeply... to speak to you in a very personal way... it brings God's Word to life in the depths of your heart and soul! I urge you to try it (see my blog entry here: http://www.onelife2liv.blogspot.com/2013/12/have-you-heard-of-soaping.html). I believe it will change your life!
(To get more of the context of this Scripture passage, read Romans 4:21-25. Or for that matter, read the whole chapter... or the whole book of Romans! Especially in the New Living Translation (NLT)—I find it to be the most understandable and profound!)