TO WHOM GOD WOULD MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THIS MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES; WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY
When I was a teenager, my cousin asked me to do something inappropriate and sinful. I refused. Then, in revenge, he laid a charge on me: “You are so bad. Because you have refused to do what I asked you, I will never help you again with anything. From now on you are on your own.” This charge stuck to my heart, causing a lot of condemnation, abandonment, and rejection.
I brought this charge—the hostile criticism—to God. Not only did I submit the FACTS of this charge to Him, but also my EMOTIONS, and my CONCLUSIONS—that this charge left me broken…incomplete…imperfect.
Then, the Lord Jesus, beaten and crucified, showed me the Truth: “I understand how you feel, Child. They did this to Me, as well. When I did not want to comply to their wishes, they laid a charge on Me—that I am a criminal. But, you know, that charge did not stick to Me. It was only something done to Me on the outside. On the inside, I am still intact…complete…whole, because I am God. No matter what charge people laid on you, remember, you are whole on the inside, because I live in you. They can do nothing to Me in you. I am your Hope of Glory.”
THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HATH MADE ME FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH
I bless you, this glorious season, to let go of the charge that was laid on you. Give it to the Lord Jesus who was born to live His Life in you. He knows how to handle a charge. He has done it before. He is your Hope of Glory.
WHOM WE PREACH, WARNING EVERY MAN, AND TEACHING EVERY MAN IN ALL WISDOM; THAT WE MAY PRESENT EVERY MAN PERFECT IN CHRIST JESUS
What charge has been laid on you? What has it done to your heart? What are you going to do about it?
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus that You are perfect…and that You are perfect in me. I submit the charge that has been laid on me to You. How encouraged I am that You know how to handle a charge. You are my Hope of Glory, this Christmas season.
Maintain an Awareness
I found out that I had an enemy. You do, too. We have had him from the beginning of our lives. His name is the father-of-lies. His native language is…lying!