Hi precious friends – I was out of town this past weekend and didn’t get to post. So I will send Saturday and Sunday along soon, but this is today’s post. Don’t forget to drink it all and live it out! You are so very precious to God!
We enjoy watching the program that takes famous people through the discovery process of their ancestors’ lives. Last night a comedian shared that his own father had left the family when he was small. He knew nothing about his father’s family. During the show, he discovered that he was named after his great grandfather. Along with this information was his conviction and prison time in Ireland. He also discovered that five generations back the men were alcoholics. He said that explained the chaos and problems in the family, including finding out his own father was an alcoholic. He also shared that most comedians hidden hurt that comedy helps to hide.
Seeing the generational problem of alcoholism changed his feelings about his own father being distant and finally gone completely. Of course the show offered no hope of change or any spiritual comfort, but he was glad he knew about his family.
We could stop there and say cool story. But this week leads up to the death and resurrection of the Savior known as Jesus Christ. Over 2000 years ago the Life Changer appeared on the scene in human form and His appearance on the Cross and beyond the Tomb gives us all hope beyond our ancestry. He stepped from Heaven to earth and suffered the pain of all our backgrounds, our mistakes, our generational curses and our sins so that we no longer have to live with the “facts” of life.
Oh beloved, if you have met Christ the Savior you have been saved! Not just saved for heaven. But saved from wrath, saved from the past, saved from reliving mistakes of any generation. He has borne all your sorrows – even the ones you are going through right now. And by His stripes you are healed of all that might be holding you down, making you pay or giving you hopelessness. You have a fresh start, a new chance, a redeemed life! As Fanny Crosby’s pen tells us in song, “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child and forever I am!” Ask the Lord to show you His abundant mercy and redeeming grace for your life and that of your children. Proclaim it! Loud and long, sing it out. Don’t settle for the comedian’s life to cover your pain. Don’t settle for repeating mistakes that are under the Blood! Live your life beneath the Cross and watch as God begins to show you just how redeemed you really are!
God loves you and He’s for you! From the foundation of the world He has a plan for your life that includes living fearlessly where no weapon formed against you can ever prosper. Your life is no longer a showcase of the past, but it’s a showcase of redemption, mercy and grace as you live in the Light of His Word and sing of His redeeming Love!
Hebrews 13:12 Therefore Jesus also suffered and died outside the [city’s] gate in order that He might purify and consecrate the people through [the shedding of] His own blood and set them apart as holy [for God]. (AMP)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
I Corinthians 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life!