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In Christ, I am Dressed as Royalty

EasterMarci AnthonyComment
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He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him2 Corinthians 5:21

About this time each year, my mom would take my sister and me shopping to buy new dresses and shoes to wear on Easter Sunday. I loved looking at dresses in pretty spring colors and fun, new sandals.

Easter was a big celebration at our little mountain church. Everyone looked their very best on that morning. Some of the older women would wear hats and gloves, and I thought that was so “big city-like.” The little girls were dressed in their frilly petticoats, young girls in their sun dresses and heels, and boys in coats and ties (who couldn’t wait to take them off!) The church was filled with spring flowers and a cross that stood center stage with a purple sash draped over it.

Many years later, I still find myself wanting to buy something new for Easter Sunday. The anticipation of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and King is exciting, but the new outfit I’ll wear will only feel good for the moment, and eventually those feelings and that dress will fade.

No matter how I try to cover it up or dress it up, I’m a sinner. Paul tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. I’m a sinner who God sent His Son for, (John 3:16). I’m a sinner who Jesus died for. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,” 2 Corinthians 5:21. I’m a sinner who once wore filthy rags.

The cross is a reminder that the blood of Jesus washed me clean, and through Him, I am clothed in righteousness. Without His sacrifice and His blood redeeming me, I am just covering up filthy rags (Romans 3:24).

Jesus bore my sin on that cross; He took my place. He has replaced my ugliness with His righteousness. I am humbled by how much God so loved me, and would grant me such mercy and grace.

It really doesn’t matter what I wear this Easter because as a daughter of the King, I’m already dressed as royalty.

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Romans 5:6; 1 Peter 2:22-24

Action Item |

As we prepare our hearts for Easter, have you submitted your life to Christ and allowed Him to wash you clean?

Prayer |

Dear Father, it is through Your amazing grace that I am saved and made new. May I walk in righteousness, through Your Son Jesus, all the days planned for me. Amen

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Make Your Resolutions With God - Not Alone

New BeginningsMarci AnthonyComment

If God is for us then who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (NASB)

Resolution - a word I rarely use or think of until around January 1st. As different goals swirl around in my thoughts, I begin to wonder about the word itself. To determine to do or not to do something. I am struck that I am beginning to learn the meaning of this word. With the weight of achievement resting on my shoulders, despair begins to slither in because I cannot accomplish what is before me. Where despair might have overwhelmed me, hope rushes in swallowing the despair with the knowledge that I don't have to resolve it alone. Those original conclusions were born out of self-centered thought instead of God-centered truth. I have a glorious Warrior. He resolves to fight my battles and gives me a chance to join Him.

I am reminded of the first time that I went to the beach. The day was stormy and, honestly, we should not have gone. But my dad didn't want us to be disappointed. The last brave soul snorkeling exited the water just as we arrived. The wind whipped around us and the waves were surging. We were not in the ocean more than thirty minutes when he said we needed to get out.

It had been my dad's first experience in the ocean, as well, and he had been unaware of the dangerous undertow that was occurring below the surface. He happened to be standing on the edge of a shelf and held me up to keep me above the water. While still hanging on to me, he began to encourage me to swim to the shore with the tide. As I paddled with each wave, the sand would be ripped out from under his toes. He thought we were going to drown because he was not able to get a secure foothold. He fought to get me to the shore and because I was obedient, I was fighting with him even though I was unaware of the danger.

Just like the story, my life is filled with struggles that surge and choke. At times it can seem that my last toehold isn't enough to keep me in the game. But God is always there. He invites me to battle alongside of Him, to resolve to surrender to His call, and to trust that He is my Defender. With Him I can accomplish what once seemed impossible.

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Ephesians 6:11-20

Action Item |

Make one resolution that you have prayed over and God is leading you to do. When difficulties come, determine to work through them to a solution and fight on for His glory.

Prayer |

God, show me what you want me to change this year. Guide my steps and when trials come, please fill me with the strength and courage to fight the good fight. In Jesus name, Amen.

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