Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The salvation package - what you have in Christ

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A little kid received a beautifully wrapped gift package one Christmas morning. Excitedly, he unwraps the gift package. As he does, he finds a fascinating piece of toy, he picks it out and leaps excitedly outside to play with it, not bothering to fully unwrap the whole package to see the other items in it - which would probably have fascinated him more than his one pick. Most Christians are like this.

As Christians, we have received the salvation package - which includes great things such as new birth (remission of sin), healing (and health), freedom from poverty, a life of dominion, power and authority over the devil and his forces, and so much more - yet we have not fully unwrapped this package, but pick the first one - remission of sin (new birth) - and leap out to "play" with it, leaving the rest of the package undiscovered!

When Jesus paid the price for our sin with His llife, He equally paid for its consequences - poverty, sickness, defeat, bondage - He paid it all.

Do not short change yourself and take out only part of the package and live that.

Sit down, spend quality time in the word to unwrap this gift of salvation we have received in Christ, and you'll see that indeed like Jesus said, "it is finished". There's nothing left to be done to make you and I live the abundant life - one of dominion, victory, freedom, purpose, fulfilment and intimacy with God - Jesus talked about in John 10:11.

You should not be dominated by the devil and his forces.
You should not be dominated by sin, poverty, sicknesses, diseases, defeat. No!
You should not have to just get by. Contentment is not living in poverty. Contentment is not living in lack. Heaven's resources is at your disposal, and part of the salvation you received when you surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus.
He's handed you a great gift - one with a life of dominion, freedom, reigning and authority - unwrap it!
Study His word, learn more about who you are in Him, learn about your rights and privileges as a member of God's family, because we've received a great wrapped gift in salvation.

"For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more THOSE WHO RECEIVE ABUNDANCE OF GRACE and OF THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL REIGN IN LIFE through the One, Jesus Christ" - Romans 5:17.

"giving thanks to the Father who has QUALIFIED US TO BE PARTAKERS of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS and CONVEYED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE" - Colossians 1:12-13.

"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the RICHES OF THE GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward US WHO BELIEVE, according to the working of His mighty power...And He put ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET, and gave Him to be head over all things TO THE CHURCH, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" - Ephesians 1:17-19,22.

"And these signs will follow THOSE WHO BELIEVE: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" - Mark 16:17-18.

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