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April 2021 – The month of My Redeemer Lives.

My Redeemer lives could be interpreted in two ways.

Firstly, My Redeemer lives could be a statement of thanksgiving, knowing that the Lord delivered one from whatsoever problem he had gone through. It is a statement and affirmation of the praise of the Almighty, who has seen one through the turbulent period. Psalm 103:2-5 says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” It is important to broadcast the goodness of the Lord, it is good to let others know that your Redeemer has delivered you from the danger you were facing. It is good to give thanks to the Lord and ascribe praises to His holy name for saving you and delivering you from all dangers.

Secondly, in the word of Job and considering his situation and difficulties, “My Redeemer lives, was spoken as an encouragement in the face of difficulties. It is a statement of having the confidence that God can deliver one from the ordeal he or she is going through. Psalm 23:4, says “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” The difficult times of one’s life may include sickness, financial loss, disgrace, betrayal, aging, bereavement, disappointment, and even death. Are you facing struggles and feels that you have been abandoned and no one cares?

God was with people in the Bible who went through difficult times, and He is still doing it today. The Lord never left the side of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were thrown into the fiery furnace. He walked with them through the fire. God was present with Daniel when he was entertained by lions in their den. Paul was stoned and left for dead, but the Lord was with him and did not bring him home to glory until the Lord was ready for him to come home. God gave these people courage and peace in the dangerous and desperate hours of their lives. God will always be with His children in the good and the bad times. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 28:20b, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

From Job’s statement, it shows that Job knew his Redeemer and his capability, therefore he comforted himself in His Redeemer. It worked for him because he was restored ((Job 42). Our Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ. During Easter period, we celebrate His death on the cross of calvary and His resurrection on the third day. Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins and redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), Galatians 3:13.

Do you know the Redeemer? The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world not just to die for our sins, but to deliver us from the tyranny or dominion of Sin and Satan. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14). The Lord Jesus calls to all, saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28). When you come to the Lord Jesus Christ, believing in Him, and confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour, you are set free from the grievous yoke and heavy burden of Sin and Satan.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,1 Peter 1:3.

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Christ’s finished work of redemption. I declare today that the reign and dominion of Sin, Sickness and Satan is finished over my life and family through Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. I refuse to permit them to reign any longer over my life and family, I confess that My Redeemer Lives, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Welcome to April 2021, the month of My Redeemer Lives.

Yours in Him, Pastor Lillian Haastrup.