Paul tells us, that God “has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13 NLT).
When we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we become part of God’s kingdom and we learn that things in his kingdom operate very differently to things in the world. We are no longer a product of our past. We are new creations in Christ.
Unfortunately though, when we become a Christian, no one presses the delete button to remove all our wrong ideas, our wrong thinking, or our wrong self-image. We are transferred into God’s Kingdom in a moment, but renewing our thinking is a gradual process that happens slowly over time as we read, hear and apply the Word of God to our lives.
Our minds are renewed as we reflect on what Jesus has done for us.
“He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:13-15).
Jesus defeated the enemy of our souls and triumphed over them by the cross. The devil thought he had achieved a great victory when Jesus died, instead, it was his biggest defeat.
On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” The cross tells us that evil doesn’t win. Suffering, strife, and death do not have the final word.
Thank you Lord that you have dealt with all that stood in the way of us having a relationship with you. Our sins are forgiven, our guilt is absolved and everything that condemned us is cancelled.
Thank you Lord for the bread that reminds us of your body broken for us, so that we can live free of sin, free of guilt and free of shame.
And thank you Lord for the cup, which reminds us of your blood given for us that we might walk in newness of life. We invite you to live your life through us, enabling and empowering us to be all that you have called us to be.
In Jesus’ name.
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