Treasure in Our Body

          People who have survived a rattlesnake bite carry precious antibodies in their blood. Because of the encounter they had with the snake, their blood can heal a newly bitten person. They may not appear so on the outside, but those formerly bitten people carry life for someone else in their blood.

           The Bible tells us that all have, in a sense, been bitten by a poisonous snake—the poisonous snake of sin. (See Romans 3:23.) The remedy for this spiritually fatal “bite” is found in the blood of Jesus Christ. Because of His encounter with the “snake,” our sins are forgiven. The cure was set up way back in Genesis 3:15 when God said to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (NKJ). Jesus put this prophesied hurting on Satan when He rose from the dead.

           The great news for us is that no one has to succumb to the death that runs rampant through our veins. One acceptance of the anti-venom found in Jesus’ blood instantly cures the sin disease. Second Corinthians 4:7 and 10 tell us of the wonderful treasure we now carry around in our bodies. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us… always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (NKJ).

          We are now responsible to conduct ourselves as “healed” people. Romans 7:6 says, “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” (NKJ). And First Peter 4:1-2 says, “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God” (NKJ).

         We have a wonderful treasure inside of us. Let’s live in a way that attracts other dying individuals to our life-giving Savior.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

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~ by sanewriter on September 26, 2011.

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