by: Pastors Olumese & Ogechi Edward Olumese
CHRIST TOOK YOUR PLACE, TAKE HIS
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV), “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”
The beautiful thing about the coming of Jesus is in the beautiful exchange God carried out for us in Christ. Jesus had everything going for Him, but for your sake, He chose to lose it all in a heartbeat, in order for you to enter into the reality of everything He enjoyed. The truth is that you no longer need to suffer in frustration, rejection or defeat because Jesus took your place in all of those already.
In Mark 15:34, The Bible says, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” So Jesus was forsaken and dejected at that point, but what I want you to see is what God was doing in that same moment. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says, “That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” Can you imagine that, while Christ was feeling rejected, you were becoming accepted.
Dear friend, all you need to do now is this: in every area of your life right now, where you may be going through some hard times, see yourself in Christ. Begin to visualize all that Jesus accomplished for your sake. See yourself taking the place of glory in Christ. John 20:21 says, “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” Think about that, whatever cannot happen to the high and lifted Christ should never be allowed to find expression in your life because of the glorious work that Jesus did for you on the cross of Calvary! He took your place and now that He has done that, He has given you a place far above principalities and powers. It is time for you to enjoy your new status in Christ!
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:17 (NKJV), “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”
CONFESSION: I BOLDLY CONFESS, I AM GLAD I BELONG TO JESUS. EVERY THING JESUS DID ON THE CROSS, HE DID IT WITH ME IN MIND. THEREFORE, I CANNOT BE FRUSTRATED, REJECTED OR IMPOVERISHED. I WALK IN JOY, VICTORY AND IN SUPER ABUNDANCE ALWAYS.
ACTION POINT: Begin to see yourself from the eyes of the finished work of Christ.
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47