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Limitless Life Devotional

A Whole New World

Galatians 1:3-5

‘Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,  who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,  to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.’ (KJV)

Some believers spend their entire lives trying to ‘escape’; escaping from sin, the systems of this world (do good, get good and foreboding mentalities), from poverty, from ‘bad luck’, and from a whole host of different things. They erroneously believe that; 1) they need to escape, and 2) something out there can help them. Number 2 is sadly often hijacked by Christian ministers who then, mostly out of genuine intent, create a religion out of a relationship, and give people steps, formulas, or practical advice based on self-effort. This is all because somewhere along the line we believed we needed to ‘escape’…

The thinking that one needs to escape derives from the belief of lack; the belief of lack erroneously states that you haven’t got what it takes, that you aren’t blessed, are distant and separate from God, and need to attain in order to enjoy. The Spirit, though, is leading us to understand that we have escaped the ‘dominion of darkness’ and that we have arrived, in fact are enthroned, in the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy! You see, you have being baptized into the Kingdom. You are a new creation (see 2 Cor. 5:17), and you are FREE, you have escaped! YOU have escaped! Because of what Jesus has accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection, you are in a whole new world! Your escape has happened via the Finished Word of Jesus; you have been ‘rescued’, or ‘translated’ as Colossians 1:13 states; “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (KJV). You have been set free, rescued, translated and delivered out of the dominion of darkness and the present evil age with all of its effects and consequences.

So, instead of trying to escape, and rather than trying to be set-free from sin, and in place of aiming to be safe from ‘bad luck’, why not enjoy and give thanks! You are free, you are in the Kingdom, you have Jesus’ own righteousness, you have his incomparable favor. And you have ‘escaped’! You are enthroned with him!

Limitless Life Devotional

The Sufficiency of Christ in You

Galatians 1:15-16

‘But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man’.

So many people define themselves by their perceived failure, or their fear of failure, or the failure of others (whether real or perceived). But God is not interested in defining you by your own performance or by the implications of the performance of others! No, God never defines according to the knowledge of this world; he defines according to the reality that you are lovely, and that Jesus, who by the way is an expert at living victoriously, lives in you! You see, whatever you may be facing, whatever your situation, the King of glory lives in you and he loves to reveal his majesty through glorious manifestation in you, and through you! Whatever it is you need – whether holiness, financial provision, health, emotional wholeness – it has been abundantly provided by the person of Jesus who abides in you forever!

If you find yourself looking at yourself harshly; defining yourself by the basic principles of this world, instead of by Christ, then listen to the Father; go to your loving Daddy, who will point you to the sufficient one within you! Listening to the voice of grace is the right frequency for those who have received the person of Grace! Your loving Daddy will never ridicule you, he will go out of his way to make certain he never scares you (sometimes people interpret power as something to be afraid of, but the Godhead will never use their power against you, it’s always for you!), and he will forever point to your loveliness, perfection, and to the sufficient one you are one with!

The Spirit today is pointing you to his life within you! It pleases him immensely because it will result in you enjoying all that Salvation has provided you! Don’t fear the rejection of the divine, and don’t define yourself by the basic principles of this world! Instead, listen to the Father who is always revealing to you the beauty of his Son and his sufficiency in you!

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