“Such were some of you. BUT you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:11)
“Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh…BUT God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…made us alive together with Christ.” (Eph. 2:3-5)
The world tries to fit us in to its twisted and perverted molds – “BUT God.” Satan tries to deceive us with his lies – “BUT God.” We get depressed about who we believe we are – “BUT God.” We hold to all manners of wrong perceptions carried forward from our past – “BUT God.” We constantly attempt to put old wine into our new wineskins – “BUT God!” We are faithless – “BUT God” remains faithful. We were dead in our trespasses and sins – “BUT God” came to us anyway. We mocked and scorned His Son whom He sent to redeem us – “BUT God” sent Him anyway. We see a world spinning hopelessly out of control, and sometimes we see our lives doing likewise – “BUT God” is in control.
We have two choices in this life: to believe the before Christ of it, or the after Christ of it. We can choose to perceive who we were, and for that matter who God was, before the work of Christ redeemed us and the revelation of the Spirit awakened us, or we can choose to believe who God says we are, and in fact who God says He is, now that we have been redeemed and awakened. Every time we get depressed, every time the world crashes in on us, every time hopelessness arrives and peace flees, there are only two words we need hold on to – “BUT God!” These two words mean all the difference in how we choose to believe, and to live. “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute—if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil. 4:8-9). “But God!” Believe it!