Daniel Fast Day 10

DEEPLY ROOTED
Change Your Old Currency
 

"For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14(NLT)

The greatest transference happened more than 2000 years ago. It happened on a hill. A hill called Golgotha outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem. It was and is and will forever be the greatest rescue mission ever accomplished. This rescue wasn’t accomplished by sword, spear, or any other weaponry. It wasn’t brought about by force or command. There was Blood spilled in this conflict. It was not the blood of many but the Blood of One. “So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood.”  Hebrews 13:12(NLT)

What was this conflict all about? It was the rescuing of all of mankind. Mankind that was held captive by a kingdom of darkness. A kingdom of death and destruction. A kingdom that kills steals and destroys. (John 10:10) We were all held by the tyranny of sin, we were slaves of sin. We needed rescue and we couldn’t save ourselves. Just at the right time, God sent His Son to purchase our freedom and to deliver us from the penalty of death. “And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.  But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.  God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”  Galatians 4:3-5(NLT)

What a God we serve! What a Champion we have in Christ Jesus. We are no longer held captive by the kingdom of darkness, we have been transferred. Our old citizenship has been canceled, and a new passport has been issued. This passport has been stamped by the Blood of the King. He made peace for us and united both Jew and Gentile into a new nation of sons and daughters. He purchased our freedom, declared us free, and gave us hope for the future and power for today. “In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.  But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.  For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.” Ephesians 2:12-14(NLT)

Why would any of us still act like slaves, when we have been set free for all eternity? Why would we live beneath the privilege and liberty that was brought about for us through the blood of Christ? We have been transferred to the Kingdom of God’s Son, yet some of us are still living like we are captives of darkness. “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.” Romans 6:6-7(NLT) We have a new King, we live in a completely different Kingdom, and the bondage of sin we’ve been held in is completely obliterated. Our old country has no say in how we live our lives. It has no legal binding on us. It cannot demand anything of us or force us to comply with its standards and way of living. The chains are broken and we have a new country, a new way of living, and a new King! We have passed from death to life. We have passed from darkness to light and from bondage to freedom.

Provision has been made for us, yet some of us are trying to meet our own needs. The currency of the kingdom of darkness is sin, and some of us are still carrying around the currency of the old world. It is like spiritual hitchhikers we pick up along the way. They are free riders that exact something from us and diminish our lives. They have the appearance of giving something but in the end, they take much more than they offer. The currency of the old world might offer momentary relief or even satisfaction but, in the end, they take from us the very thing we seek, abundant life! You cannot cash this currency in the Kingdom of light, you have to exchange it. Your sin for Christ’s righteousness. The exchange happened on the cross. You just have to remind yourself that not only was your freedom purchased, but your old currency(sin) was canceled and forgiven.

Sin is missing the mark. Sin is also trying to fulfill a legitimate need in an illegitimate way. It’s time for all of us who desire to be deeply rooted in Christ and who believe that we have been transformed to live like it! Sin no longer has power over us in the same way that currency from one country cannot be spent in another country. Do the numbers, add up all the facts, reconcile the books and see that we have passed from death to life! “So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.  Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” Romans 6:11-14(NLT)

It’s time to empty our wallets (hearts), get rid of the old currency, and pledge our complete allegiance to our God and Savior. We now live under a new flag, a banner of righteousness. We live under the King of kings and Lord of lords. We live under the law of love and we travel on the road of peace. Joy is our protection, and God’s goodness and mercy are our companions. We walk in the light as He is in the light and we no longer travel alone for the Lord is our portion and provision. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are our fellow citizens, and forgiveness is our new currency.

So, go to the Exchange Bureau (Calvary’s Cross), speak to the always available Agent (Christ Jesus), hand in all your 
old-world currency (your sin), and make sure you empty your wallet (your heart), completely. It is the best exchange you will ever make! Then walk in the freedom of the Kingdom of light that you have been transferred to.


Prayer and reflection:
  • What kind of currency (sin) do you need to get rid of?
  • Peter writes, “They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” 2 Peter 2:19(NLT) What controls your life? Be honest in your assessment.
  • What legitimate needs are you trying to meet through the illegitimate way of sin? Have you asked the Lord for the answer?
  • Ask the Holy Spirit for the power and confidence to overcome the sin that so easily trips you up. You don’t have to repeat the cycle or be trapped in a habit, believe that you have truly been set free! Confess freely…

Father, thank You for purchasing my freedom and forgiving my sin. I receive Your forgiveness and grace, not because I deserve it, but because Jesus made a way for me, through His blood being shed on the cross. Thank You, Jesus, for my freedom and for placing me in Your Kingdom. Help me to walk daily in the reality of my new citizenship. I give myself completely to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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