Broken in freedom …

June 22, 2012

“Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross. He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing — just the way Abraham received it.” Galatians 3:13-14 The Message

You are dressed in Christ’s life. That is your true everyday wardrobe for living in this self-stealing .. self-defeating .. self-promoting world. The walls you used to use to hold your life up have been brought down on the Cross. Jesus has cleared the air for your life .. fulfilling God’s original promise. And you get so much more than just a “fresh start”. That’s the best the world can offer .. a fresh start. And it isn’t a fresh start at all. It’s simply starting over with the same stuff that defeated you time and time again. But God has broken that curse in your life in Christ. Broken it .. Defeated it .. and Removed it forever. And in that place is the life that Christ is living in you. You are alive with His Spirit .. with the same life that Abraham lived. It is a life of faith .. an old faith .. a God-who-has-never-given-up-on-you faith .. and a new faith alive in the risen life of Christ. The same cursed cross has been turned into a setting-your-life-right cross. Christ has set you free to live a life of full access with the Father. No one has a right to stand in your way. Christ stands before you .. behind you .. and alongside you. Even in dark moments you are not alone. Christ is right there abiding in your life. When you think you’ve been abandoned .. you haven’t. When you think you’re not good enough .. you are. When you feel like giving up .. Christ will never give up or let go of your life. He became every curse you’ve ever felt about your life. Are you dressed for today … it only takes a moment …

“But now, you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe — Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.” Galatians 3:25-27 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Christ Followers and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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