Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Blood of Redemption by Roy Lessin (Posted March 27, 2017)

The following is not one of my posts but it is wonderful. I would like to share it with you...Toni




The Blood of Redemption


In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7 KJV
“You are forgiven and made clean.” How glorious and freeing are these words spoken from God’s heart to the hearts of those who have confessed and repented of their sins. And to those who believe and are God’s children, no words spoken by your heavenly Father could be more assuring than, “You are mine!”

There was once a boy who loved boats. On his tenth birthday the boy was given a wood carving set by his father. The boy used the tools to build a model boat to play with at the lake near his home. When he finished the boat he carved his initials, BB, on the stern.

The boy took his boat to the lake as often as he could. He tied a string to it, and would let the boat drift as far out as the string would let it go. One day a strong wind started to blow. As the boy began to pull the boat to shore the string broke. The wind and the waves quickly took the boat far out into the lake. The boat soon drifted out of sight. It was lost! Afterwards, the boy and his dad searched for days, but the boat was not found.

Months later, the boy was in town to do some shopping with the money he had earned doing odd jobs. As he walked past a toy store the boy looked in the window and saw a boat that looked exactly like his. The boy quickly entered the store and picked up the boat. When he looked at the back he saw the letters BB. There was no doubt the boat was his. The boy took the boat to the front counter and asked the owner how he had gotten it? The store owner replied, “A stranger brought it in a few days ago and sold it to me. It is for sale if you are interested.”

The boy was overjoyed! He immediately took out the money he had in his pocket and paid the store owner. As he left the store, he looked at the boat and said, “Well, little boat, I made you and I bought you….you are now twice mine!”

This story helps us understand that redemption is about ownership. Jesus’ blood has paid the purchase price to make us God’s possession. We are twice the Lord’s…He made us, and He bought us to be His very own.

He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him. Ephesians 1:14 NLT
In His book Blood Bought, David Ravenhill says this about our redemption, “The object of Christ’s suffering was to ultimately restore a people to and for Himself…what God had in mind was to redeem a people for His own possession.”

On a poster published by DaySpring in the 1970’s Catherine Marshall said, “How wonderful to know that because you are His, He assumes full responsibility for keeping you in all your ways.”
Think of it! God loved you so much that He not only sent His Son to shed His blood for your sins, but God sent Him to pay the redemption price to make you His own. What can be greater than what God has done for you through His Son! He sought you, found you, cleansed you, forgave you,—and thankfully, He bought you and brought you to Himself! Your life is now in His hands. You are His child, a joint-heir with Christ, and He will care for you forever.
Prayer
Jesus, thank You for my redemption and being my Redeemer. Thank You for paying a price for me that is greater than anything I know or can imagine. Thank You for being my Lord, for making me a part of Your family, for calling me Your friend, and for making it possible for me to place my life into the Father’s care and keeping. What a privilege I have to honor and glorify You each day.
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV
This article is the second in a 4-part Easter devotional series entitled “The Precious Blood of Jesus” written by Roy Lessin, co-founder of DaySpring. To read more from Roy, you can follow his Facebook page Meeting in the Meadow. In Roy’s next posting, we will learn about the life-changing Blood of Access. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Goes with you wherever you go!


Here are good words to remember: "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
How many times have you and I been afraid of someone, some thing or event and felt so alone? Perhaps it was an upcoming surgery that scarred us or it was a co-worker who was causing a problem.
Isn't it comforting to know that no matter where you or I go, God is there with us? Maybe there are time we think that God doesn't care about us or even paying attention to our ordinary lives. Remember what God told Joshua? He said, "The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." So you see, we don't have to feel alone at all. God is with us; He is working out our problems and we usually don't realize it.
I have had chronic back pain for years and in the last six months I have struggled with insomnia. Now, I know that it will still happen on occasion; that is the way I have been built. However, the good Lord is giving me advice on how to lessen the pain and how to get better sleep. I am exercising more, using certain medications that help ease the pain but more than anything, I am trusting in God to show me the way--and He is!
I am getting on my knees at night and praying to God. I haven't done this in years but I am going to stay with it because my connection with God is closer and He is  helping me to enjoy my life more. I encourage anyone who is struggling in life--with pain, sleep or whatever it is--to get closer to God.Start reading the Bible more, pray throughout the day and more than anything, trust in Him--no matter what problems you have!
Keep these words in mind, too, whenever you feel afraid or unloved, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.... From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.Isaiah 43:1-3, 13
Most importantly, trust in God. No matter what is going on in your life, He is there! God goes where you go.
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