Never Forget The Good Things Christ Has Done For Me

Let all that I am praise The Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalms 103:2-5 NLT)

Never forget that…

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Yet it was our suffering he carried,
our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness.
We just figured that God had rejected him,
that God was the reason he hurt so badly.

But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.
Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.
He endured the breaking that made us whole.
The injuries he suffered became our healing.

Isaiah 53 : 4-5

 

But sometimes, we need to really see that our sufferings, pains, sins and sorrows have all already been thoroughly and completely afflicted on Jesus’ body. We need to really let that thought and reality sink in. The reason is because it is only by His agonising stripes that we are healed and made whole.

If we neglect this, then His suffering would have been in vain for us. But once we see that He has indeed suffered terribly in place for us, then we can rise up confidently and reject all the hurts, condemnations and sickness facing us everyday. Jesus Christ has already paid our debts. We must claim back very of His blood-earned victories in our lives.

Only by His body broken, are we made whole; only by His blood, are we cleansed. Only by His stripes, are we healed.

 

By His Stripes

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In 1 Kings 16-18, when King Ahad took power and reign over Israel, he did great evil in the sight of God. He married Jezebel, and worshipped Baal, a pagan god; even building a temple and an altar.

Wanting to bring the people of Israel back, The Lord then sent Elijah to have a contest on Mt Carmel against 450 prophets of Baal. Obviously, after much effort, the Baal gang failed miserably; unable to call down fire for the offering.

Jesus Christ, The Greater Sacrifice

When it was Elijah’s turn, he took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel, and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of the Lord, and dug a large trench around the altar. Then, he piled wood on the altar, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the pieces on the wood. He then order water to be poured over the offering and wood 3 times. Everything was drenched and the water overflowed into the trench.

1 Kings 18:38 Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!

The heavenly fire of God came down and consumed all of the offering. And not only that, the entire altar including the wood, the stones, the dust and even the water is burned up.

When Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God, came; He chose to be nailed on the wooden cross, and took upon Himself all of God’s fury judgement, for our sins. Jesus Christ took all of the judgmental fire and consumed it all by Himself. At the end, after the judgement was completed, He cried out, “It is finished!”

Instead of being consumed by the judgment, like any other sacrifice, Jesus Christ remained and was still alive! He didn’t die from the judgment of our sins. He died after He completed His mission and dismissed His spirit.

Jesus Christ, The Greater Sacrifice

You see, in the OT, when Elijah called down the the fire, the fury judgement is greater than the sacrifice that the entire wet altar is consumed. But in the Gospel, when Jesus, the Lamb of God, offered Himself as the sin offering on our behalf, He is greater than the divine judgment that when the judgment is fully exhausted, the Sacrifice remains. Like a champion fighter, Jesus took the blow and remains.

Jesus Christ, our Savior is greater than the ultimate judgment! He is the victorious Lamb on the throne!

Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. (Hebrews 9:13-15 NLT)

Jesus is no ordinary sacrifice; He is the greater sacrifice; the perfect sacrifice. With Christ as our Saviour, our sin is never greater than Him. Never forget that.

By truly knowing the value of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, will we know how much we are saved into His eternal arms of love.

Faith In Christ Turning The Situation Around For Good

You probably had been in a bad situation before. You could be in a bad agonizing situation where it’s beyond your control now. It could be a bad job arrangement, a bad health report, or a seemingly hopeless situation that you didn’t expect and cannot do anything about it.

In your flesh, you probably want to do your utmost to change and turn the bad situation around. However, there is nothing you can change even if you try. You are at a loss, despairing and depressed. The anxiety, frustration and pressure is defeating.

Jesus: Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me… I will never abandon you like orphans; John 14:1, 18

Even at our lowest point, God will come down to our level. He will be there with us and for us. Jesus calls us not to get lost and willow in pity and despair, but instead to trust Him, to believe in Him, to have faith in Him to turn our impossibly bad situations around for good. Be encouraged to know that we are not abandoned orphans but have the Son, the Christ backing us up, whatever we are facing.

If we behold Jesus, lifting Him up beyond the situation; He gets larger, the problems will get smaller. And taking a step back, things will look positively different.

Faith is not a religion. It is not something we demonstrate on Sundays. It is a stand we take in the unseen; especially when we are facing our challenges. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities not seen, but know it’s there.

In seemingly bad situations, our faith also becomes our defense, the shield that covers us from the onslaught of attacks on us. The bigger the attack, the larger our Shield of Faith (Jesus).

And we will then experience that no weapons formed against us will prosper or hurt us. The Lord Himself will vindicate us.

Isaiah 54:17 But no instrument forged against you will be allowed to hurt you,and no voice raised to condemn you will successfully prosecute you.It’s that simple; this is how it will be for the servants of the Eternal;I will vindicate them.

A constant reminder we need.

In The Shadow Of The Almighty Lord

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:1-16

By Faith, It’s Done

Posted: 30 March, 2014 in Scriptures, Visions
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By Faith, It's Done

Jesus: According to your faith, it will be done to you. Matthew 9:29

By faith, it is not it will be done.

It’s done!>

 

A Covenant Is When God Says I Will

And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For He says,

“This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day,says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

Then He adds,

I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.   Hebrews 10:15-18

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