Forget Not All His Benefits (Psalm 103:2-4)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Psalm 103:2-4 (KJV)

Let us remember every day the benefits of salvation, which include healing, redemption from all forms of destruction—physically, emotionally and spiritually—as well as us receiving freely out of the bountiful love, kindness and grace of our God. All of this is available to us. It is God’s desire for us to be made every whit whole, to show forth the fruits of salvation in all of the spheres of our life. As we meditate on this truth daily, thereby reminding our soul, we are making way for God’s goodness and glory to manifest in and through our lives.

Healing Is Already Accomplished (1 Peter 2:24)

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)

When Jesus took our sins on the cross, He also bore our sicknesses, our infirmities, our guilt, our shame and regrets. This means that through being unified with Him in salvation, we have already been completely set free, redeemed, healed and delivered. Now in order for us to walk in this good news and see the manifestation of it in our lives, let us confidently lay hold by faith of what the grace of God has made available. Remember that faith takes possession of what grace has already provided. And so let us rejoice today in the glorious finished works of Jesus, and trust that His grace truly is sufficient for us.

The New Creation (Isaiah 65:17-18)

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Isaiah 65:17-18 (KJV)

The new creation begins for us the moment we are in Christ. God wants to shape the new heaven and the new earth in and through the hearts of every born again believer. We participate in this continual process as we daily let go of the old, and receive by faith the newness of life that is in Christ Jesus. We then find ourselves filled with a peace and a joy that is independent of the circumstances and conditions of this world, and we become the much needed instruments through which God can bring healing, deliverance and salvation into the world.

Weekly Grace: The Supernatural Power Of The Cross & Resurrection

Let us come to realize the supernatural power of the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. This is of such importance that there is nothing more detrimental to our experiencing total and complete victory in our Christian walk than ignoring the cross, or failing to recognize its power to set us free from all that has held us in bondage. Truly, in this is contained the power and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:23-24) And so today let us seek to have a spiritual understanding of what happened on that day at Calvary, and how it connects to everyone who will receive what has been so freely made available.

When Jesus died on the cross, He represented you, me, and all of humanity—past, present and future. Or to be precise, he represented the guilt, the pain, the shame, the sickness, the lack, the iniquities, the addictions, and all of the suffering in the world which is tied to sin. He literally became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He became our pain, so that we could be set free from it.

How can this be, you might ask. The key to understanding this lies in understanding every believer’s spiritual union with Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” In other words, everyone who has received Jesus as Lord has become spiritually unified with Him. We are one with Jesus through the indwelling Holy Spirit. (see John 17:21)

It is because of our spiritual union with Christ that everything that is true about the life of Jesus has become true about us. Scripture says that our old self has been crucified with Him. (Romans 6:6) When we are in Christ, our old nature, our old self, everything in us which was drawn to the flesh and to sin, has been crucified. The moment we were joined unto the Lord, we died. Our old self has died, and our new self came alive. And what is the nature of our new self? It is created after God in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24) Our new self is spiritually identical to Jesus, which is why the Bible says that “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)

Now the reason many of us may oftentimes have difficulty accepting this is because we tend to make the mistake of looking at our behavior. Yet anytime we look at our behavior, we are regarding ourselves according to the flesh. Friends, we must learn to regard ourselves no longer according to who we have been in the flesh, but according to who we have been made to be in Christ. The Apostle Paul urges the Corinthians to regard no one according to the flesh. (2 Corinthians 5:16) Naturally this does not mean we ignore our actions or fail to take responsiblity for them, but what it does mean is that we understand that our actions do not necessarily represent the truth of who we are in Christ.

Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) He did not say that the truth will make us free, but that knowing the truth will make us free. Brothers and sisters, we must know the truth, and we know the truth when we understand who we are in Christ. We must learn to receive by faith that we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Knowing that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus enables us to let go of all guilt, and when we are free from guilt, all of the forces of darkness lose their grip over us.

Friend, no matter where you may find yourself today, my prayer is that you would consider this: God loved you so much that He came into the world in human form to take upon Himself all of the pain, guilt and shame, any type of suffering you have ever experienced or may be currently experiencing. The infinite One became finite, the immortal One became mortal for the purpose of setting you free so that by His stripes you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Today, reflect upon your union with the Lord Jesus, and ask the Holy Spirit to make this real to you. He is not distant or far off, He is with you and He is in you. And He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

This is the living hope we have been given in the resurrection: when Christ died, we died; when He rose from the dead, we were born unto eternal life in Him. As He is, so are we in this world. How glorious are the finished works of our Lord!

Father, I thank You for the precious gift of Your Son. Thank You, Lord, for the victory You won for me two thousand years ago. Help me to have a revelation that when You died, my old self died with You; and when You rose to glorious life, I was given new, eternal and abundant life in You. Lord, today I surrender all of my hurts, my pains and my failures to You. Thank You that because You bore my infirmities on the cross, I no longer need to carry them. I confess and declare that I am righteous in You! I am free in You! I am victorious in You! By your stripes I have been healed! I love You, and I thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen!

SCRIPTURES:

1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 5:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:24, 1 John 4:17, John 17:21, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 13:5

It Is Finished! (John 19:30)

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

John 19:30 (KJV)

The greek word for salvation is sozo. The meaning of sozo includes healing, soundness, deliverance, to be brought into safety, to be set free from the powers of darkness. Jesus, speaking of salvation, said that it is finished. This should be the starting point for every Christian then: that it is finished. Healing is finished and available, deliverance is finished and available, wholeness is finished and available. And so today, whatever the need may be in your life, realize that Jesus said it is finished. May you receive this good news by faith, and thereby see it become the reality of your day to day life!

God Is Willing (Luke 5:12-13)

And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.

Luke 5:12-13 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered if it is truly God’s will to bring wholeness, joy, health and wellbeing into your life? This man with leprosy approached Jesus in exactly that way, and His response was, “I am willing.” Oftentimes we must consciously and deliberately remind ourselves that it is God’s will for us that we be every whit whole, that the fruits of salvation include wholeness in all of the spheres of our life. And so today, let us be bold enough to remove all doubt and uncertainty from our hearts, and know that we serve a God who is willing meet the needs that arise in our day to day life. Our responsibility is to be willing to receive of His limitless love and grace towards us.

Simply Believe (John 4:49-51)

The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”

John 4:49-51 (NKJV)

We see the immutable principle of faith at work here: the nobleman believed the words that Jesus had spoken to him, went about his way, and then experienced in the natural the very thing he had received by faith. When God speaks to us, when the Word enters into our heart, let us be sure to do as this man did, and simply believe. We may rest assured that we will see the manifestation of the very thing we had believed for.

Speaking Peace (Luke 10:5)

And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

Luke 10:5-6 (KJV)

As representatives of Christ we are being called to be representatives of His peace. And so it becomes all the more crucial for us to meditate daily on God’s Word and to take time every day to consciously abide in His presence, for it is in His presence and through His Word in our hearts that He fills us with His peace. Then as we move into our day, let us speak peace over our home, over our workplace, and over any other environments we may come into contact with. The more we practice this, the more will we find ourselves at peace independent of circumstances and conditions. And, in fact, God may now use us to bring peace into the affairs of day to day life.

Sunday Sermon: “The Process of Becoming”

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May Theme: The Kingdom Is At Hand—Will You Receive It?

Today’s Topic: The Process Of Becoming

Foundational Text: 1 John 3:1-3

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

1 John 3:1-3 (KJV)

Freedom From Condemnation (Romans 8:1)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (KJV)

The purpose behind everything that Jesus has done for us is to deliver us from the detrimental effects of condemnation. Condemnation, which has its roots in the human heart when removed from fellowship with God, will spill over into every area of our lives if left unchecked. Yet as we abide in the Word of God and walk after the Spirit, we will see condemnation fading from our lives to the degree that we have a revelation of God’s infinite love and mercy towards us. When we understand that God is not condemning us, but that He is calling us to receive more fully into our hearts the gift of His precious Son, we are transformed from the inside out. Our conscience becomes clear, and we are equipped to walk in the world as the messengers and instruments of the very love that has saved us.