Devotional: Redeemed Girl

005685549-1I published my first women’s Bible study titled, I Didn’t Want to Be That Girl! A Look Into the Life of Eve” a few months ago. I have the great joy of studying scripture with a group of women every Tuesday morning. Today, we discussed various ways Satan seduces us and we fall for his trickery. However, we didn’t end up staying stuck in the muck of sin. I want to share with you an excerpt from Devotional Week 7: Day 1 (p.165).

Romans 16:20 says, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.This verse confirms that we also share in this victory and that Satan will one day be defeated once and for all. Satan thought he had won the upper hand when Adam and Eve sinned. However, we can be assured that God will be victorious in the end! God’s foreknowledge of Satan’s plans reveals that ultimately He is the one in control. God’s plans were not thwarted when Adam and Eve sinned, because God’s plan was to bring forth something far greater than man in Eden’s innocence. God wanted to bring forth redeemed man.

Don’t you see? A redeemed man is far better than an innocent man.

A redeemed man has something to be redeemed from and comprehends his need for a Savior, while an innocent man fails to experience the enormity of emotion.

The innocent man lacks tremendous appreciation because he does not know the work that has been done on his behalf. He doesn’t get it. It’s God’s glory that is at stake here. That’s why the woman at the well, in John 4:39, excitedly exclaimed, “He told me everything that I did!” Despite her scarred past and tremendous sin, she did not feel ashamed. She had been confronted, touched, and healed by Jesus. He had taken authority over her past (and our past too) and exchanged it with dignity. She knew what she had been saved from. And now she could shout it from the rooftops. Can I hear an amen?

Lord, I didn’t want to be that girl who was thrown off track by the attack of the Enemy.

The dictionary defines redemption as “deliverance, rescue, and atonement for guilt.” Spend time today like the woman at the well, praising God for rewriting your past as a story of His glory.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15–16

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