Do You Know What’s Yours?

Rhema TeamApril 2021 WOFLeave a Comment

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Acts chapter 3 records the healing of a man who had been lame from birth. Every day he was carried to the Temple and laid by the gate called Beautiful. There he begged for money from everyone who passed through the gate to enter the Temple.

One day, when the lame man saw Peter and John, he asked them for alms. Peter replied,
“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).

With a firm grip, Peter took the man by his right hand and raised him up. Immediately strength came into the crippled man’s lifeless legs, and he began walking and leaping and praising God. (See Acts 3:1–10.)

Peter could perform this miracle because he knew who he was in Christ. He followed Jesus’ command to go into the world, preach the Gospel, and lay hands on the sick. And he expected the sick to recover (Mark 16:15–18).

A Salvation Benefits Package

Do you know what you have in Christ? Do you recognize all the rights and privileges that are yours as a born-again believer? Unfortunately, some Christians don’t. And because they don’t know what they have, they never use what is theirs.

Have you ever known someone who accepted a job but never took advantage of the benefits package that came with it? They never took a vacation or used the health benefits or enjoyed the other perks that came with the position. You probably don’t know anyone who did that. Most people are quick to use their benefits.

There is power in prayer, and our prayers can change circumstances and move mountains.
Craig W. Hagin

When we were born again, you could say we received a salvation package. Of course, spending eternity in Heaven after we die is a major part of the package. And that is what many Christians focus on. But salvation includes so much more than just escaping the flames of hell. Here are a few of the many benefits included in salvation.

Healing

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus bore on His back the wounds that brought us healing. First Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

Authority in Jesus’ Name

No other name is higher than the Name of Jesus. Philippians 2:9–10 says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” Born-again believers have the right to use the Name of Jesus.

Provision

God wants to be our source. Instead of looking at how much money we make, let’s look to God. When we do, we will never go under, no matter what is happening around us. The scriptures say, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Jesus’ Friendship

Friends are not always loyal, but Jesus promises never to leave us or forsake us. According to the Bible, “God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you’ ” (Heb. 13:5 NLT). He is a friend who sticks closer than any brother. And He will always be there for us.

The Holy Spirit

When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He did not leave us without help. He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). The Greek word translated “Comforter” is paraklētos. This word can also mean “Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener,” and “Standby.”

The Word of God

Although portions of the Bible were written over 3,000 years ago, the Word of God contains solutions to any problems we encounter. When we don’t know what to do or who to turn to, we can look to the Word for guidance, comfort, and assurance.

Effective Prayer

There is power in prayer, and our prayers can change circumstances and move mountains. I’m reminded of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. At one time no one thought people would ever cross freely from the east side of Berlin to the west side or that the Iron Curtain would be dismantled. But the face of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union was forever changed through prayer.

These are only a few of the many benefits we have in Christ. But let’s not stop here. Let’s continue studying the scriptures and discover everything that is ours. Then let’s become doers of the Word (James 1:22) and take advantage of what belongs to us in Christ.

Faith Nugget

What We Have in Christ

Here are more benefits we have because of Jesus:

Justified......................................................... Romans 3:24

Not Condemned............................................. Romans 8:1

Sanctified....................................................... 1 Corinthians 1:2

Made Alive.................................................... 1 Corinthians 15:22

Triumphant.................................................... 2 Corinthians 2:14

A New Creation............................................. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Reconciled With God.................................... 2 Corinthians 5:19

Righteous....................................................... 2 Corinthians 5:21

Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing......... Ephesians 1:3

Holy and Without Blame Before God........... Ephesians 1:4

Seated With Christ........................................ Ephesians 2:6

Made Perfect.................................................. Colossians 1:28


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