God Has Found a Substitute (part 5) - Simply Believe!
God has found a ransom, and now we do not have to go down to the pit of death any longer! We no longer have to suffer shame, guilt, condemnation, poverty, lack, and defeat!
Many years before the Levitical priesthood was established, Job’s friend Elihu understood that where there was a ransom, a guilty person could go free because the punishment due to that person would come upon the ransom. He understood that the reason for Job’s suffering and trauma was self-righteousness (Job 32:1-2). Self-righteousness is still the reason many can’t receive from a ‘perfect’ God.
The Message translation of Romans 8:4 says, “And now what the law code asked for but we couldn't deliver IS ACCOMPLISHED as we, INSTEAD OF REDOUBLING OUR OWN EFFORTS, SIMPLY EMBRACE what the Spirit is doing in us.” Simply embrace the fact that Jesus has paid the price for you to enjoy all of God’s blessings!
It doesn’t matter how horrible your situation is: all you need is a substitute and you have one in Christ Jesus. Elihu told Job that if a man, “… loses all taste and appetite for food and doesn't care for even the daintiest dessert, He becomes thin, mere skin and bones, and DRAWS NEAR TO DEATH. But if a messenger from heaven is there to intercede for him as a friend, TO SHOW HIM WHAT IS RIGHT, then God pities him and says, ‘Set him free. DO NOT MAKE HIM DIE, FOR I HAVE FOUND A SUBSTITUTE.’ Then his body will become as healthy as a child's, firm and youthful again” (Job 33:19-23, Living Bible).
When you see the ‘rightness’ – justice – of God, you experience His mercy, and there is always a turnaround. Stop looking at your righteousness and see HIS righteousness! God has found a substitute!
Elihu continued, “And when he prays to God, God will hear and answer and receive him with joy, and return him to his duties. And he will declare to his friends, ‘I SINNED, BUT GOD LET ME GO. He did not let me die. I will go on living in the realm of light.’ Yes, God often does these things for man-brings back his soul from the pit, so that he may live in the light of the living.” (Job 33:24-27, Living Bible) Glory to God!
This is the testimony of any man that experiences the grace and mercy of God. Yes, you might have sinned and made mistakes (and you still will probably make some more) but the Good News of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is that He lets you off the consequences of your sins if you can see and believe in the substitute! He won’t allow you to die. He will cause you to walk in the realm of light: healing, prosperity, increase, abundance, success and long life in Jesus' mighty name!
“The Lord will COMMAND THE BLESSING on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set YOUR HAND, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you." Deuteronomy 28:8 (NKJV)
No two people on earth have the same DNA. Even though non-identical twins share the same DNA, they do not have the same fingerprints. Your 'hand' is unique because it represents your creative abilities. Your 'unique' hand is a physical representation of your 'unique' mind. What you think, your hands execute.
We are all made in the image and likeness of a 'creative' God and by that, we are creative by purpose and design! You have a creative mind that MUST be engaged.
The 'new creation' has God's blessing 'commanded' upon his/her mind to be creative and productive! There are solutions, ideas and concepts that are unique to you so get your mind working!
Let out the creative genius in you by meditating God's Word, praying and worshipping in the Spirit, and keeping company with the wise.