In Christ, we step into liberty. Sickness and disease have no place in the life of a believer. In the same way we resist sin and temptation, we resist symptoms that speak of the fall. The old world was subjected to futility and fear. The new creation steps into a new Eden.
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So we’ve been looking at the great exchange in this season, where so many exchange gifts. The exchange that took place on the cross of Jesus is the greatest exchange that ever took place. The thing is, Jesus exchanged with us wonderful gifts. And what we gave him was really something that no one else would ever want. He took upon himself everything that kept us from stepping in to the Holy presence of God.
He took from us everything that prevented us calling God Father. And in that exchange, we became the righteousness of God. One of the things that is so clear in the Scriptures is that not only was sin taken care of on the cross, not only was sin, and the power of sin eradicated through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, so was sickness. 1 Peter 2:24, who his own self bear our sins in his own body, on the tree that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.
The cross addresses everything that was lost in Adam.
Now the Scripture talks about the first Adam and the second Adam. The first Adam, the federal head of humanity, chose to follow his own way. And we bear the consequences of that rebellion. The second Adam, the second head of humanity, the second one who came perfect, Unsullied sinless in every respect. Jesus Christ one back.
All that was lost. Joy, health, strength. This was all one back on our behalf. Sin, sickness, poverty, confusion, disease. All were nailed to the same stake that dealt with our sins.
All was nailed as sickness, disease, confusion, poverty. He dealt with it all. He became poor, that we might be made rich. And that is in every respect in our spirit, in our soul, in our body. Here in the natural world.
In Christ, we step into Liberty. The Scriptures say that it’s for freedom that Jesus set us free. Sickness and disease have no place in the life of a believer. And in the same way as we are called to resist sin and temptation. We resist symptoms that speak of the fall.
The old world was subjected to futility and fear. The new creation steps into what could be described as a new Eden. Dead to sin alive to Christ, our bodies given over to God as instruments of righteousness and true worship. The Holy Spirit himself has taken up residence in your body. Faith, my friends, comes through hearing and hearing by the word of God.
I think it’s very easy sometimes in a fallen world to be afraid to challenge the sin and sickness soaked status quo. Bit of a tongue twister there.
Oh, Jesus, we’re so thankful to you. You are magnificent. It’s very easy for us to be afraid to challenge these things for fear that we might offend someone some people may hear. And honestly, we all struggle at times with sin. And yet sin is taken care of.
We all struggle at times with symptoms of sickness in our bodies. None of this. When we talk the truth. When we bring the word to the table, it’s not that we are pointing fingers. It’s not for any condemnatory cause.
That is not the nature of our Father. He is not an accuser in the same way as Satan. Satan may use the word of God that way. But we do not. And certainly never once, ever in all of eternity.
As our father used it in that manner. He uses it to convict. He uses it to convince that our hearts would be fully convinced of the truth. As it says of Abraham. He was so convinced of the promise that he believed God regardless of contrary circumstances and contrary proof.
And we can do the same thing, even in the face of contrary symptoms or contrary circumstances. Being fearful to call out a lie and to fanfare the truth gives free rein to the ravages of Satan, to stand unchallenged. Instead, in the name of Jesus, we declare the free reign of God. Regardless of common wisdom. We count the blood of Jesus as something uncommon and we expect and welcome uncommon results.
Scriptures say 1000 may fall at our side and 10,000 at our right hand. But it will not come near us. Psalm 91 if there was ever a time where we need to come again, back to the word of God and the truth that is found there in now is that time. Today I am celebrating an exchange that took place. A giving of gifts.
I gave him my sickness. He gave me health. I hand over my weakness to him. He bestowed strength. He bore my sickness and carried my diseases.
What a gift. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website. Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.