Friday, December 13, 2013

A Cherished Possession

A Cherished Possession

1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Satan has lied to us in the down times of our lives, in times of doubt and despair, when we’ve been the most vulnerable and susceptible to physical or emotional attack.  He lies to us about our worth in this life and whether we are valued by those we love most. The sad part is that we have listened to what he says and allow our hearts and minds to dwell on them, eventually persuading ourselves to act upon these lies.We are all guilty of feeling defeated, stressed out, lonely, and fearful from time to time, and are guilty of replacing the truth of God’s Word with the harmful lies of Satan. This puts us in bondage. If we are listening to Satan’s lies, and not to the Word of God, we miss the joy, confidence, peace and the radiant life Christ offers.

Christ came to set the captive free and He loves us without expectations or conditions placed upon us. We don’t have to work to earn God’s love and we can feel confident that He has our best interests at heart. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us any more or love us any less. God proved His great love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He manifested His love for us in giving us His Only Begotten Son and promising us eternal life through Him. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Nothing can separate us from His love, for we are secure in Christ. What a great Friend we have sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for us. Why? Because He loves us.

We cannot for one moment receive our worth from the world, the news, the TV, magazines, books, jobs, friends or family. Our worth comes from what Christ did for us on the cross and not what we can do for ourselves or for one another. We have been bought with a price, ransomed by the payment with an overwhelming cost, then lifted from the bondage of a life filled with emptiness and dread.

Psalm 49:6-8 ~ They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) Needless to say, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches, can ransom no one, nor give to God the price that is owed for one soul. The ransom of their life is costly and to buy freedom for one in bondage of sin can never be sufficed. We are His cherished possession, purchased by His precious blood–––– the price paid to a holy God to redeem us from the overwhelming burden of sin.

Thought: Can you see that you are worth something to God? His promises are trustworthy, His blessings abounding, and His merciful love, He has lavished upon you. Every day you can take pleasure in His Grace that He has given you and indulge yourself in His magnificent love, an immense benefit of your so great salvation. You are a cherished and precious possession to God and in knowing this, you must realize, if God be for you (us) who can be against you (us)? (See Romans 8:31). God loved you in your darkest hour, when you needed Him the most. He lifted you up out of the pit of destruction and put your feet upon a rock making your steps secure.  He put a new song in your mouth to give praises to Him. Trust that He cares and loves you, for He has mercifully and compassionately rescued you.

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