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Deliverance & Redemption Through The Son

Colossians 1:12-14  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The human condition; we need deliverance.  

How did we get here?  Quite simply you were born into this kingdom of darkness!  The word kingdom does not mean a location somewhere out there like a fairy tale kingdom with castles and moats and drawbridges, princes and princesses.  Kingdom refers to the rule, reign, and power of a king. The ruler of this world is Satan. While Christ’s death and resurrection defanged and defeated Satan he has not been vanquished.  That is why Peter writes “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

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Magnifying Jesus through Forgiveness

If I look back at my new life with Jesus, the periods where my growth stagnated or I felt stuck almost always were periods where I was captive to bitterness in my heart toward others.  I think all of us, if we are honest, can recall a time where we have experienced significant pain at the hands of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  When we find ourselves in these situations, forgiveness seems far less gratifying than personal justice or writing relationships off.

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