Contributing Writer: Susan Sampson
You have washed me clean. I am yours because you tell me that I am. Get behind me Satan! You cannot condemn me or accuse me. Christ, the Messiah, my Lord, has made me free from accusation! He is my Righteousness! You’re right, I am a sinner, who deserves to die. My sins are disgusting! But Jesus took all my sins from me and bore my punishment for me. My sins have already been condemned in the body of my beloved Jesus. He became a curse for me (Gal. 3:13). He became sin! (2Cor. 5:21) He bore the wrath of God. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..” Rom. 8:1
I am in Christ. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3:3 Jesus is my Hiding Place, my Refuge, my Shield. Your fiery darts cannot penetrate my Shield, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One! He alone is perfect. He is my life. We are one. He lives in me and I in Him.
I was once under your power Satan, but no longer! Jesus rescued me! He is my Savior, my Deliverer, my Redeemer! He ransomed me. His blood was the purchase price and He already poured it out at Calvary. And now He lives in me! AND I am seated with Jesus in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2). I was dead and used to follow the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Eph. 2), but no longer! “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)
I was once far away, but God brought me near through the blood of Christ! (Eph. 2) Jesus is my peace. I used to be excluded from citizenship in Israel, a foreigner, without hope and without God (Eph. 2). But God chose me and I belong to him who called me out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). I am the daughter of the King, God has made me His heir (Gal. 4:7). I am a co-heir with Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:17).
Jesus is my Hope. Christ in me, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
I was once God’s enemy, alienated from Him, but Jesus has made reconciliation for me through His death on the cross and NOW I am holy in God’s sight, without blemish and free from accusation! (Col. 1:21-22).
Please Father, help me to put the old girl to death and live in the new! Forgive me for not believing your truths, for exchanging the truth of God for a lie (Rom. 1:25). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Cor. 5:17).
I know your words are true because you demonstrated your love for me in that while I was still a sinner, you allowed them to crucify you on a cross at Calvary (Rom. 5:8). Thank you Jesus! “This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” 1John 3:16
Please help me Lord. Please give me your grace to enable me to lay down my life for you and for my “brothers.” (1John 3:16).
Help me offer my body as a living sacrifice in light of the great mercy you have poured out on me (Rom. 12:1). You did not treat me as my sins deserve (Psalm 103). I deserve to die for the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). But out of your great mercy and love, you have given me life instead of death! “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
“Death has been swallowed up in victory. ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Cor. 15:54-57