Mar. 30, 2022

Set Free By His Victory

 

In Christ I am free. THIS IS THE GOSPEL! If God is for me, who or what can be against me? Let all my life and prayer be praise for all that He has done for me and made of me. This is not my boast, but I boast in Him. Since Jesus has conquered sin, death, and hell, all IS well, as I walk now in freedom IN His kingdom of glory. 

Ephesians 2:4-10. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” 

Colossians 3:1-7. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.”

This begs the question, in which of these places do I live? The reign of darkness, or the reign of Christ’s redemption of me? It cannot be both.

Appearances in this world may be to the contrary. Appearances say that God does not reign. But I do not live or love by sight, however, but by faith!

“Religion” tells me that I have to “struggle” to attain this. Whoever says that does not understand the Gospel - the Good News that is in Christ alone. For I walk by faith and not by sight in my Lord Jesus Christ, Who has redeemed me. 

It is a matter of surrender to what is, not a struggle with what I “hope” will be - because it already is. Dead to the old ways, I am “under new management” of the King of kings.

This is a subtle shift in comprehension and consciousness called faith, where I KNOW that I have stepped out of darkness - by the power of the Holy Spirit - into His glorious light and that I am free from the power of sin, death, and Satan, no matter what may happen circumstantially to me. My life is to reflect this “sea change."

If there is a struggle, it is to keep in remembrance of the fact of my redemption, and to live according to the truth that is, by grace through faith. For as a new creature IN Christ Jesus, I have already been crucified, died, raised up, and seated with Him in the heavenly places. I walk and grow in newness of life and Christ likeness, in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. I am being transformed by the renewal of my mind, according to the truth of this glorious good news in Jesus Christ. 

Therefore I know that in Him, I live and move and have my being, and that the evil one has no eternal power or authority over me. 

I know that no weapon -spiritual, psychic, physical, pharmaceutical, technological or otherwise - forged against me has any power over me. He was wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquity. My chastisement was upon Him, and so I have peace with God, and by His stripes I am healed. 

Glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Who has wrought all this for me and for us all. Let me live, move, and have my being in the truth of the Gospel alone now and forever. And as the old hymn line says, “Let all my work be praise" - to the glory of His name. How else could it be?

Isaiah 53:4-6. “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

What wondrous love is this, O my soul?  Amen!

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