Monday, April 14, 2014

Forget Not All His Benefits

I’m so glad that my brother has good benefits in his retirement. Without it he would be facing huge hospital and physician bills. Brain surgery is no cheap trick – it’s monumental. While he is still recovering and it may take some time to be totally back to normal, he doesn’t have to worry about that. He’s thankful that he is a state employment retiree. He won’t quickly forget the benefits afforded to him for the many years he worked in the system.
God wants you to know that life in Christ is a trip from living under the gun to living under His benefits. No worries about the hereafter with Christianity – for Christ Himself has made a way to have future access to heaven’s gates and eternal life there. Christ paid the way for all of us – all we have to do is put our trust in Him and live our lives for Him. 
But God also wants you to know that you have an entire portfolio of benefits as a child of God. For the rest of your life you have a Guardian who watches over you – body soul and spirit. You will never again be totally alone. You will never have to face things on your own – for you have an Eternal Advocate as well. When the enemy of your soul stands to accuse you, as he is the accuser of the brethren, you know that Christ Himself stands between you and him always. So many benefits are yours as well. You have secure guidance – you never have to try to figure out what to do – you just have to pray for wisdom and it will be yours. God Himself promises to guide you, lead you, watch over you and keep you safe. Who else can do that for you? Who else would? Need a friend? Christ is the friend who will stick closer than a brother. Need protection, forgiveness, release, rest, redemption? You have it. Need freedom – from anything? You have that. Freedom from anxiety, depression, fear, worry, addictions, and more… We’re talking real freedom – not fleshly strength you build for yourself – but Godly freedom – straight from the throne room of grace. There are so many benefits that it takes a Book of Benefits to list them all and it takes a lifetime to read up on them and appropriate them for yourself.
Oh beloved, forget not all His benefits! He saves your soul from the penalty of sin! No other benefit is so wonderful. But He is the Champion of your faith – He teaches you everything you need to know as you read the Word, take it in and live it out. Don’t scrimp on reading your Benefits, for they are God breathed and will enter your spirit through the Holy Spirit who has been sent to be with you on earth. You are blessed beyond measure with all God’s wonderful redeeming merciful blessings. Don’t worry about your circumstances, don’t live in your fears, don’t walk in unforgiveness, envy, ingratitude or dismay. Everything you need, beloved, for life and godliness is yours by virtue of Christ Alone who is your benefits giver. It doesn’t matter what people say, what the enemy says or what your flesh wants to believe – it is all yours. The cross is the pen that Christ signed the papers with – signed, sealed and delivered to you. 
Rejoice in God’s Wonderful Benefits! Don’t forget a single one. Acquaint yourself with them all for you need them to live a life of freedom, purpose and love. God loves you and He’s for you and that’s all that really matters as you live life in the shadow of the Cross in Spirit and truth.
Psalm 103:2 Praise the Lord O My soul and forget none of His benefits.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen to the glory of God through us. 
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

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