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Apply Liberally

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1 Corinthians 1:30
30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and
righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. (NASB)

It’s that time of year when many are applying suntan lotion, body lotions and oils to replenish what the sun is depleting. Think about what you may have used this week or even today.

You apply suntan lotion to various parts of your body to protect them from sunburn when you’re outside anywhere. Not only that, but you apply body lotions to the same to add moisture to your arms, legs, etc., and keep them from being dry, itchy, and flaky, especially during the winter months. You also apply face cream to your face for added protection against UV rays, etc., and to keep it soft and freer from wrinkles.

I’m not against anyone using makeup; in fact, Dr. Fuchsia Pickett once said that every old barn needs a good coat of paint”. Makeup or suntan or body lotions aren’t really wrong, but I think many times we concentrate more on our outward appearance and what we need to apply in our spiritual lives.

Well, you might ask, spiritually speak what should we apply in our spiritual lives? I’m glad you asked! Think back to how the Israelites applied the blood of animals to their doorposts so the death angel would pass over before they left the bondage of Egypt. The blood of animals was a picture of what the blood of Jesus would provide: deliverance, salvation from bondage, provision, and so much more. Today we see God’s provision through the Cross: Jesus’ body given for us, His blood providing not only the remission of our sin once and for all, but making available ALL the promises of God and His blessings. That includes our salvation, our wholeness—body, soul, and emotions, our prosperity and provision, our joy, our peace.

That’s what we apply in our spiritual lives today, especially every time we partake of communion because we remember what He did for us. We receive His provision of healing because by His stripes we were healed. We receive His provision of righteousness and sanctification because He has been made unto us righteousness and sanctification. We receive His joy and peace because He is our prince of peace.

Don’t wait any longer to apply liberally ALL that God has given you. His supply won’t run out—EVER.

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