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Through His Poverty

April 6, 2015

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Through His Poverty

Many  (including Christians)  go through life  wishing they had  a better house,  clothes,  vehicle  —  you name it.     They are clueless  about the true riches  that could be theirs  —  if they would but take it.     They don’t even understand  true riches  to be riches.     They just want stuff  for themselves.     2 Corinthians 8:9  speaks about  how Christ handled His riches,

For  you know  the grace  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  that though  He was rich,  yet  for your sakes  He became poor,  so that you  through His poverty  might become rich.

God saw us  in the utter poverty  of our sins  —  our total inability  to pay  the penalty  for any  of our sins  —  and our doom  of eternal hell.     His love  led Him  to offer us  the riches  of His grace  in Jesus Christ.     In heaven,  Jesus was perfectly holy  in the immeasurable,  unlimited riches  of His righteousness.     He had  all the glory  of being the Almighty.

In spite  of His holiness,  He had pity  on us  in our filthiness  and our desperate need  for forgiveness.     In love  “for your sakes  He became poor,  so that you  through His poverty  might  become rich.”     In other words,  Jesus  took  on Himself  the full burden  of all our sins  —  the sins we are totally unable  to pay for.     He came  to earth  as a real man,  lived in poverty,  and suffered through the rejection,  mocking,  and humiliation  of being crucified.     Everything He did  as a human,  while living a sinless life,  made the full payment  for our sins.

When Jesus gave  of Himself  for our forgiveness,  He gave us  the riches  of eternal life  —  living in holiness,  perfection,  glory,  love  and joy.     Even while still on this earth,  we can enjoy  the blessedness  of God seeing us  as holy  and perfect.     That gives us reason  to love  our Savior  and others,  so that we share  with others  the way Christ shared  with us.     Sharing is a heartfelt concern  and empathy  for the needs  of others.     It’s sharing the love  God has given us.

In the freedom  of God’s grace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You for giving us  the riches  of Your forgiveness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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