Life would be great if someone went to work for us and gave us the paycheck from their labor. With that free time, we could truly rest and enjoy the benefits of the labor of someone else. Well, that is exactly what Jesus did for us. He went to work on our behalf by taking the punishment for our sin. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can enjoy the fruits of His labor and rest in His finished work. When we accept Christ, we become free from the penalty of sin. This is very important to understand because sin allowed the curse to be in operation in our lives. The curse is an empowerment to fail. In Deuteronomy 28:19-68 God goes into great detail about the curse the children of Israel would experience for disobeying Him. Without a proper understanding of the scriptures, I at one time thought I too would experience the curse for disobedience. Often, I didn’t believe my endeavors in life would be successful because I disobeyed God throughout the journey. The Lord has great plans for you this year and I don’t want you to think you will fall under a curse when you miss the mark. God is merciful and through grace provides help and empowerment to live a life of obedience so that we can reach our destination. However, we must remember, He is not awaiting to harshly punish us or curse us when we don’t get it right.
Colossians 2:13-15 NLT 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed[d] the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
God disarmed the powers of darkness by nailing your sin to the cross and pouring out His wrath and punishment on the body of Jesus so that you can forever live in the blessing. The curse has no authority in your life. You are empowered to succeed in all God has called for you to do. The record of your wrong was canceled and God is not holding it against you. This includes your past wrong, your present wrong, and your future wrong. You are free from the curse and you will succeed! Yes, trials may be experienced on this journey, but remember in the end you always win!
Galatians 3:13 NLT But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Prayer for the Journey
Thank you, God, for your Son Jesus who took the curse for me so that I can live in the blessing. I believe because of Jesus, when you look at me, you are forever satisfied. There is no sin too great that the blood of Jesus didn't already take away. Thank you for loving me! I know that I am empowered for success because I am forever blessed!
It’ time for you to use your passions, talents, and gifts to make a difference in the world. You were born in this time to help forge God’s plans on the earth. Your are equipped for His work. He calls you victorious! When you truly discover who you are in Christ, you discover the wondrous gifts that were prepared and purposed for your life.
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