Have you ever let guilt win? Have you ever wished you could go back and change the past? Or, do you have a hard time letting go of who you used to be?
Well, friends, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I ask you to please keep reading. I want to shed some light on God’s great gift of redemption for each and every one of us.
So what exactly does it mean to be redeemed? By definition, “redeemed” means to be compensated for the faults or bad aspects of something. A name often used for Christ is “Redeemer.” And what a precious title, that is! Did you know that Christ is the Redeemer for all of our faults and the bad parts of who we are?
When we accept Jesus as our Redeemer, we empower the cost of the cross.
It’s important for us as Christians to remember the price that was paid for our salvation. And it is also important for us to remember that though we have been redeemed, we will still suffer for Christ. It can be easy to slip into the mindset that because our debt has been paid, we will live a normal life, free from anything remotely bad. Yes, Christ alleviates the suffering we face in this world, but unfortunately, no, we were never promised to live pain-free. But thankfully, through this suffering, God watches over us and does huge work in us, and it makes
the suffering worth it.
I know there are times when things may seem unredeemable. There are mistakes we have made that may overwhelm us with feelings of guilt or anxiety. There are times where we feel like we have gotten so far away from God. Trust me, I know. But let me assure you, no mistake is too ugly, no past is beyond redemption, and there is no place that is too far or too dark for God to reach. Everything that tells you otherwise is a complete lie and attack from the enemy.
My child, Before the beginning of time, I planned it this way — to dwell in you, walk with you, be your God and call you My own. What you go through, I go through. I’m not just near you, but in you. I’m not just here in the nick of time, but all the time. I’m here leading, guiding, strengthening, healing, coaching, encouraging, warning, protecting — and, most importantly, loving you.My desire is to have an intimate relationship with you, and for you to have intimate knowledge of My love and anointing and be filled with My fullness. Rest in My love. Act in My love. I will do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think, according to My power that works in you.
-Your loving, heavenly Father!
The truth is, we may not be redeemed from feeling sad or going through hardships, but we have been redeemed from what we crucially need redemption from: sin.
Before Jesus paid our debt, we were enemies of God, slaves to sin, the worst of the worst. But because we have a Savior who died for us, we are free from sin, free from all the chains and burdens we bear. We don’t deserve it, but this redemption is specifically for you and me; it is a great gift from our Father.
We have a God who walks with us in the midst
of our pain.
Every mistake we have made is washed away by the blood of Jesus poured out for us on the cross. We are new creations, born again, sons and daughters of the King. We are confirmed, restored, and established through our God. When we choose to live as the redeemed children God intended us to be, we find true life free from anxiety and fear. That, my friends, is called grace upon grace upon grace.
“Fear not, for I have REDEEMED you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2
Beloved, I hope you are reminded that your past does not define you. Your transgressions have been forgiven, paid for and forgotten as far as the east is from the west. You are a child of the most high God, and HE is what defines you. You have been redeemed and called by name! You’re a new creation made in the image of our loving Father. He is near to you and feels everything you feel. You are walking the path He has laid out before you. Our God has caught every tear, heard every cry, knows everything you have ever done or said, and He loves you anyway. Grace is being showered on every inch of your being. Rest in that.
2014 has come to an end. Whether you are thankfully jumping into the arms of the new year or whether you are wishing 2014 would have stuck around a little while longer, a fresh start is upon us. My prayer is that we venture through this year as redeemed children of the Lord. Do not dwell on the past and do not believe the lies the enemy whispers into your ear. Stay in communion with God, let the Holy Spirit do its job and take Jesus up on His offer of redemption and intimate friendship. You have big things ahead of you this year!