Birthright

Look up Colossians 2:11-15 for yourself.  Focus your thoughts on where you once where and where you’re now in Christ.  Just think how far He’s brought you!

I love flicking through my Bible and trying to find some ‘spiritual snapshots’ every once in a while. We need to remind ourselves of our past spiritual state compared to our present so that we remain thankful. It’s all too easy to forget what God’s saved us from and what He’s got in store for us. So I suggest you go and grab your Bible this very minute! Why don’t you read the Word before you go any further? Write down verses that describe where you were before God grabbed a hold of you, as well as where He’s bringing you.

Think upon these things…

And as you read through my notes why don’t you circle your favourite verses or key words, underline words that describe who you are in Christ, and box words that describe His character.

Here’s my homework… before I became a Christian my sin ensnared me. I was a prisoner of the war between good and evil. But Christ paid the price, He sacrificed Himself. God gave Himself up to buy my freedom. “Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2 NKJV). I used to be a slave to sin, now I’m a servant of the Most High God!

Before I came to know Christ as my own, I was in fact dead. I thank the Lord I didn’t stay that way, “you were dead because of your sins… Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:13 NLT). Now that I know Him, I’m ALIVE! God breathed new life into me. Now I live to proclaim a full and free life in Christ!

In the days before I met Jesus I was stumbling along in darkness, although I didn’t realise it. That was until I came face-to-face with the Messiah one day, and I’ve never looked back since. I let His Light flood into my life, now I try my best to shine bright for Jesus. I was blind, but now I see, “you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8 NIV).

I was lost. Yes, I found Jesus when I was a girl but I was still lost nonetheless. I may not have strayed as far from the Way as some but there’s no denying that I was still far from my Father. I was a prodigal before He drew me to Himself, “given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!” (Luke 15:24 MSG). He’s the Way through the wilderness! I was lost, but now I’m trying to lead others to Him.

I was as poor as a pauper. I had nothing to my name, because I wasn’t under His. Now that I have Christ I can’t count my priceless possessions, they’re too many to take in. My inheritance is in Him, and that’s pretty-much immeasurable! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). Once I was born-again, He became my birthright!

Have you ever thought what it cost Christ? He bought our freedom with His blood. He gave us new life when He laid down His rights. He paid our price when He gave up His life. What did God give? Ever thought about that? God gave His all- His One and Only Son. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son” (John 3:16 Amplified). “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2 NIV). Your birthright was bought with His blood, thank the Lord for it.

Think upon these things…

God gave His Begotten to buy your freedom. Thank Him for it!  Write a list of all the things you‘re thankful for…

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