First I want to thank you for all the well wishes posted here for safe travels for us to Lake Havasu, AZ and Zion, Utah. The views were breathtaking and soaking them in was good for both of our souls!
So how is the state of your soul right now dear one? Like me, you could have a filling of all good blessings, or you may feel depleted, raw and worn out.
Let us keep our focus for a moment upon CHRIST. Let’s not forget what HE did for us on the Cross……..
ALL BECAUSE OF THE GREAT EXCHANGE, WE HAVE AN INHERITANCE IN CHRIST!
1 PETER 1: 3-4 “BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT MERCY HE HAS GIVEN US NEW BIRTH INTO A LIVING HOPE THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD AND INTO AN INHERITANCE THAT IS IMPERISHABLE, UNDEFILED, AND UNFADING, KEPT IN HEAVEN FOR YOU.”
So all things on this earth will one day rot and pass away, but because of CHRIST’S death, we have for us an inheritance that is imperishable! The Great Exchange occurred for us upon the Cross……JESUS’ death for our sin, so we could spend eternity in Heaven with HIM.
The LORD GOD chose us, not the other way around and HE had a solution for our sin condition……..the CROSS. This should cause within us, a deep worship of what CHRIST did for us…….it is the GREAT EXCHANGE!
DEUTERONOMY 4: 20 “BUT THE LORD SELECTED YOU AND BROUGHT YOU OUT OF EGYPT’S IRON FURNACE TO BE A PEOPLE FOR HIS INHERITANCE, AS YOU ARE TODAY.”
When we love the LORD with all our heart, soul and mind, our Heavenly FATHER never forgets us or forsakes us because of HIS amazing love for us.
PSALM 32: 8 “I WILL INSTRUCT YOU AND TEACH YOU IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO; I WILL COUNSEL YOU WITH MY LOVING EYE ON YOU.”
Did you catch that? The great exchange here is that even when we take our eyes off our Creator and so often we do, HIS EYE remains consistently upon us. Oh LORD, forgive us when our eyes fall upon this world rather than upon YOUR gracious love and mercy for us.
THE LORD NEVER REMOVES HIS WATCHFUL EYE.
What an amazing comfort……..what a great exchange for our sinfulness! HE is forever faithful to us, even when we are not. HE is always dependable, even when we can’t seem to be. CHRIST JESUS died so we would have this great exchange: loving care and amazing grace!
The LORD’S purposes are true and secure and dependable. Let’s soak in this…….
PSALM 33: 11 “BUT THE PLANS OF THE LORD STAND FIRM FOREVER, THE PURPOSE OF HIS HEART THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS.”
Next time life gets you down, remember this Great Exchange, this powerful gift of GOD. The purpose of HIS heart is you, dear one. HE is a good GOD who never forgets about you, always sees you, always loves you, always guides you with HIS powerful right HAND. All of this is undeserved, but because of JESUS and the Cross, because of this powerful great exchange, we now have life eternal!
PSALM 33: 20-21 “WE WAIT IN HOPE FOR THE LORD; HE IS OUR HELP AND OUR SHIELD. IN HIM OUR HEARTS REJOICE, FOR WE TRUST IN HIS HOLY NAME.”