Monday, August 19, 2013

Redeemed!

I read recently that one meaning of the word 'redeem' is 'to claim what is your own'...and that made me think of what Jesus did in His redeeming work:

Jesus came to this world to claim what what already His own - US! 

We belong to God, we came from God's heart, He is our origin and source of life, we are truly His created children in His image and likeness, we truly belong in His family...and no matter how confused we got or what lies we believed about who we were, no matter what mental bondage or hurt believing these lies produced, the truth remained about who we are and whose we are!! That never changed! 

The enemy had come and deceived us into believing his lies, lies that we were orphans, that we were unloved and unwanted, that we were all alone in the world.  And Jesus came and reclaimed His own, came and claimed His brothers and sisters and took back what the strong man had stolen away - our minds! He has freed us from the bondage of lies to be able to see and live out of the truth, His truth, His reality that was always the only TRUE reality...

Now we see the truth, and it's like waking up from a bad dream:  the mental fog lifts - we were HIS children all along! He never left us, never forsook us, never rejected us..He created us in His image, He is our Daddy and has always loved us! We always belonged with Him, He always accepted us, we always had a home, we were always special and wanted by Someone - God Himself! 

Oh, what a relief to be redeemed! We were prisoners trapped in a wrong perception, and Jesus came and opened the prison doors and looked in our eyes and said, "That one is MINE! That one belongs in freedom, in the Father's house, at His table, with Me! That one belongs on my throne with me! That one is royalty! That one is beloved and well-pleasing to the Father, adored and wanted, just like ME!"

We have been rescued by Jesus from the mental prison Satan had put us in with his awful lies about who we were..we have been freed to enjoy our rightful place as royal sons and daughters, enjoying such sweet fellowship with God, safe and carefree, loved and cherished, at home on the Father's lap!!

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14