Thursday, April 5, 2012

Abundantly free...

"Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people - free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth." (Ephesians 1:7 MSG)

This was the verse of the day yesterday on Biblegateway and it still speaks to me today. Last night I had coffee with a dear sweet friend. As as she lamented over the past and all the "should have done" and "wish I would have"things I just longed for her to understand that it's all forgiven and forgotten in Jesus. I told her that was then & this is now & that Jesus just wants her to draw closer to Him... to seek out His face & that He just wants to love on her... to heal her hurts from her loss & from her past.

This morning as I was rereading this verse... it spoke to me again. So many times we sit and lament over what we wish we would have done or what we should have done differently and we don't realize that His blood being poured out on the altar of the Cross... covered all our sin and our "should have done things differently" and as a result, we are set free from the past... and not just barely free either... we are ABUNDANTLY free!

This morning... God wants us to know that Jesus covered it all and He's taken care of everything... He's provided for everything we could ever possibly need... He's provided for everything... in Jesus.... and in HIM... we are completely & ABUNDANTLY free!