Starting at the Finish Line

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INSPIRED

By Mark Casto

20 August 2017

The life of devotion doesn’t start with man’s attempt to climb the hill of the Lord. This life begins at the finish line. You were chosen for this adventure. You have permission for the journey.

Many fail to ascend the mountain of devotion because they feel every step is proving grounds. We keep this mindset that if we slip, we must start over. The mountain of devotion is not a test; it is a discovery. Where did this thinking originate that has paralyzed our pursuit?

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Religion. It is a barrier enforced by an accusation, condemnation, and maintains rights to our path through ignorance. Religion can only tell you two things, what you do and what you did. But religion can never tell you who you are. But your identity is not in what you do or what you did, if you are to live the ascended life, you must know who you are.

We allow the accuser to plant the seed of condemnation until it becomes a burden too heavy to bare in the thin air of devotion’s elevation. Ignorance hangs the “start over” sign around our neck and down the mountain we go again. With our heads as low as the lie we believed we think this life is impossible.

We need a shift in our thinking. “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The Kingdom we have been taught is in eternity is actually before us. We start this life at what religion called “the finish line.” But devotion begins with the “finished work.”

Here are a few verses to help make sure you enjoy the journey in wonder instead of walking around cautiously hoping not to fall.

There is now no condemnation for you (Romans 8:1–2).

All your sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9).

All your unrighteousness has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7, 9).

You are now righteous in my sight with the very righteousness of my perfect Son (Romans 4:5).

We must see ourselves in Christ and not through the lens of our past. Many of us can give rattle off the religious checklist of do’s and dont’s, but true faith keeps away from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We see ourselves perfected by Christ. The only way we will ever be changed into His image is to see ourselves bearing His image.

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So the next time religion tries to tell you to start over remind yourself, the finished work put me at the finish line. I’m not proving my self; I’m just discovery my new nature in the thin air of devotion’s elevation.

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