Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am Redeemed

 "Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave:



Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me "son
Stop fighting a fight it's already been won"

I am redeemed, You set me free

So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I'm redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy

Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, "Child lift up your head"
I remember, oh God, You're not done with me yet"

I am redeemed, You set me free

So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be

Because I don't have to be the old man inside of me

'Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I've got a new name, a new life, I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free

So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, 'cause I'm not who I used to be

I am redeemed, You set me free

So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe every stain, yeah, I'm not who I used to be
Oh, God, I'm not who I used to be
Jesus, I'm not who I used to be
'Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed 


I am absolutely in love with this song and it seemed to go perfectly with the verses I read today. No matter what we have done, when we lay it all down and let God take control, we are redeemed. Thank God we have been redeemed.  Even the sins that we can never forget, God has forgotten them the minute we repent and ask for forgiveness. I love the line in this song that says:

Because I don't have to be the old man inside of me
'Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I've got a new name, a new life, I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home


2 Corinthians 5:17 says:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

The person we were before Christ is no longer who we are. He has made us into a new creation. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we are a creation of God.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  

The verses that really hit me tonight were in Jeremiah.

And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
Jeremiah 18:4

Worrying about something in our past is pointless. We can do whatever action is necessary to correct our mistake and ask for forgiveness from God and anyone that we may have wronged, but we can't take it back. I love that these verses say that he was remaking the vessel because it had been spoiled. Just like when we are in sin, we are spoiled. When we ask God for forgiveness, and truly repent, he makes us a new creation as the potter did in Jeremiah 18:4. I absolutely love the illustration these verses provide! 

Now I'm going to revisit that line from the song above that says: 

Because I don't have to be the old man inside of me
'Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I've got a new name, a new life, I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home


God gives us a new name--we are His child. He gives us a new life. We are no longer to live the way we did before Jesus. Everything  in our life should point to Him. Everything we say, and everything we do should point directly to Him. And He gives us hope

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