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Redeemed. Believe it.

David Burchett
David Burchett

One of my phone apps offers new music that I can redeem from the app. Recently I went to download a song and this message came up.

Already redeemed.

I had already acquired the song. There was no need for further redemption. It was mine. How I wish I could trust that for my relationship with God.

                     redeemed

A song by Big Daddy Weave called “Redeemed” sums up my struggle and encourages me to know that I am not alone in this battle.

Seems like all I can 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 that’s already been won”

That is the truth I have to remind myself just about every day. The fight has already been won. Yet I too often live as if my self-effort is required to make up for past struggles and efforts. That I need to earn the grace that is already mine. I need to remind myself everyday what the lyricist proclaims next.

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
Wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed

I am redeemed. Paul had to remind the Ephesians in the first chapter that they already could count on these three facts being true. Theyalready were:

  • Adopted
  • Redeemed
  • Sealed

Makes me feel a little better that folks who were mentored by Paul needed a refresher course in who they were. It makes me feel a lot better that Paul understood that the first thing on the list was to remind them of who they were and then address their wrong behavior. We too often reverse that order. One more line from this wonderful song by Big Daddy Weave…

I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet.

Praise God for that! And praise God for His amazing grace and amazing patience.

Reposted from "Confessions of a Bad Christian".  Contact Dave at Facebook or at daveburchett.com.

 
Originally published January 20, 2015.

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