Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
-- by Tim Greenwood
|Ransoming, redeemed, redemption from:
To ransom, redeem from:
Something to loosen with, redemption price, ransom from:
To loosen, break, destroy, put off, melt
Therefore our redemption was a price that was paid to loose us from
bondage, to destroy the yoke, break our chains, remove our shackles and
melt away our fears.
We have been redeemed!
But by whom?
The Lord - God of Israel; Christ, (the Anointed One and/or His anointing), King Jesus;
Who is “we”?
We that were under the law
We who are called
We who have the firstfruits of the Spirit
We have been redeemed from the curse of the law and from all iniquity
By what means?
By his grace; Jesus became the mediator between the Father and us; By
Jesus being made a curse for us being hung upon a tree; By means of
death; through the blood of Jesus, the forgiveness of sins; Through
Jesus carrying his own blood into the Holy Place
For the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant
So that we might receive the adoption as sons.
So that we might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
The forgiveness of sins
To purify unto Himself a people for his own, zealous of good works
In what measure?
According to the riches of his grace
But the total fulfillment of redemption will not take place until Jesus comes back to redeem (us) the purchased
Until then, we are instructed to “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by
whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.” The Holy Spirit is the
guarantee of our inheritance. That exciting! Why not thank the Lord,
right now and shout: “I have been redeemed!”
On The Word
-- by Tim Greenwood
when I first began traveling in ministry, I seemed to have the
opportunity to pray for some of the most vile and offensive people you
can imagine. My every sense and sensibility was assaulted by
things that offended them all day long.
One time in particular, a man came up asking for prayer for
deliverance from drugs and alcohol and rededication of his life to the
This guy was absolutely filthy, greasy, gritty, and grimy, from head to
toe! And stink! I couldn’t get near enough to lay hands on
him without my eyes watering and nose running from the blended smells
of stale beer, hard liquor, vomit, feces, urine, and who knows what
The stench burned into my nasal passages forcing me to spin around to
catch my breath. You could actually SEE little tiny things
crawling on his clothes and hair! It was probably just my
imagination, but I started feeling things crawling all over me!
So I began thinking to myself …
I don’t feel like I should have to minister to this guy!
He got here late and I’m all packed up, ready to go home!
He shouldn’t have come in here dressed like that!
He should have at least hosed himself down to get rid of the terrible smell!
He sounds like he is still half drunk!
He’s filthy and I have on my best suit!
He’s … He’s … He’s …
Then God called me by name saying, “Tim, refuse to allow your five senses to
be offended by those that are brought into your path, lest it hamper
Then – I realized: That it didn’t matter to God that my senses were
being assaulted; That it didn’t matter to God if what I saw, what I
heard, what I smelled or what I touched was unpleasant. All of a
sudden, I came to the realization that it wasn’t about ME!
And after all that trauma and after all that griping and all that
bellyaching, I laid hands on the man, prayed for his salvation, healing
and deliverance and ministered to him as led by the Holy Spirit.
Let me ask you something…
Aren’t you glad that God didn’t get offended when WE were in our sins;
when WE stunk in the nostrils of God; when He could not stand to listen
to the trash WE were talking; when WE were so filthy that He couldn’t
touch us; and when seeing what WE did – caused Him such pain!
Aren’t you glad God didn’t (doesn’t) get offended at us and aren’t you glad He continued and continues to love us.
If you are a born-again, baptized, follower of Jesus Christ, then every
person that crosses your path is EITHER a present or a future candidate
for ministry! So what is their perception of you? Did they
see Jesus in you the last time you crossed paths with them?
When we get hurt, we all seek someone to heal us! But some of us,
when we get offended, seek someone else to hurt! But, Proverbs
18:19 says, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city”
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law: and nothing shall offend them.
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