THIS SERIES: HOW TO LIVE IN REST
Interestingly, the word for sin in the New Testament literally means ‘to miss the mark’. Jesus died not only so we could be forgiven for our specific and identifiable sins, but also to bridge the gap where we feel we have fallen short. We were made to live in God’s glory [Romans 3:23], but our sin opened up an unnavigable gulf between us. Jesus came to bridge that gap (we can imagine the cross laid horizontally across that chasm), so we could be restored to our destined place as children of God.
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life
set me free from the law of sin and death.
We do not have to carry feelings of guilt any longer. If we know we have sinned, we can confess it and then rejoice in the fact that we have been forgiven. As our sins leave wounds in our souls, which become ‘landing strips’ for the Evil One; so also at the Cross we can ask for His precious blood to swill those wounds out, and cleanse us from anything which would give the Evil One a foothold. Jesus also promised His followers ‘power’ when the Holy Spirit came [Acts 1:8]. One of the meanings of the Greek word for power, ‘dunamis’ is ‘excellence of soul’; so we can also ask that our lives be filled with His Holy Spirit power to complete the healing , make us whole—and enable us to walk free.
Taking Jesus at His word, is a choice not a feeling:
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
[1 John 1:9]
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you
Let’s enjoy the freedom Jesus came to give us.
- I have received forgiveness and purification from my sins, through the blood of Jesus.
- I am excellent in my soul through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in me.
- Every charge against me has been nailed to the cross
- I no longer have to feel guilty or ashamed. Jesus has done it all!
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