Putting God's Word into Practice…

Colossians 2:6-15 Debt Free New Year

on December 31, 2012

Debt is an overwhelming thing to carry.  Every month when the credit card bill comes, there is a little ache inside upon opening the envelope.  The penalties and fees seem to accumulate all too quickly, putting us in a deeper hole than the original debt.  At Christmas, we “have to” buy gifts and for most Americans that goes on credit, and, “Voila!” we usher in the new year with more debt.  Some will pluck away at these bills in a never-ending monthly draw until death. Debt is one of the greatest reasons for depression and divorce.  And if there’s one thing I know, almost all “D” words are derived from the Devil. (Despair, Discouragement, Depression, Deception, Death, etc…)

Our sins accrue throughout our lives like that credit card debt.  We stack one on top of the other. We try to pay for them all, but we never can.  We might offset them a little in our minds, but they keep adding up and the penalty for them keeps growing.  Sin weighs us down.  Sin causes despair.

There is one “D” word that only comes through Jesus, and that is the power to “disarm” the Devil!

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us ALL our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities, and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him (Jesus). Colossians 2:13-15

God nailed my sin debt–IOU–to the cross with His beloved Son.  Every time I sin now, I can abound in thanksgiving because the penalty for that sin has already been paid.  Sin has no power over me.  Each time Satan wants to attack me by holding sin over my head, he is holding a disarmed bomb–a gun filled with blanks.  Jesus triumphed over Satan, sin and death at the cross.  “Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain.  He washed it white as snow.  O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead.”

You can have your sin debt wiped away today! Jesus paid the penalty.  All you need to do is ask Him to forgive you.  He will trade you life for death; freedom and joy for shame; purity for sin.

I want to go back to verses 6-7 for a minute.  It says, “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”  We receive Jesus freely, humbly, gratefully, and purely; that is how we are to walk in Him.  It is not enough to receive Jesus, we must put down our roots in him, and grow in Him.  We can’t just be thankful at the moment of salvation, but throughout the journey.


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