The Great Exchange
God has abundant life and rewarding blessings for each of us, but we have to be willing to accept those gifts from God and to exchange the lesser things for those holy blessings. God wants to take your heaviness and sin and give you abundant life, but it’s up to each of us to choose the exchange.
Salvation, peace of mind, and eternal life are gifts our Father wants to lavish on you, His child, and you need to be able to receive those gifts so that you can walk in the fullness the Lord has for you. He wants to give you the abundance of godly life and the tools you need to accomplish your destiny, so lay down the fear, the control, and the double-mindedness that you have entertained so that you can thrive the way God intended you to.
The Gifts God Wants to Exchange For Our Lesser Things
Let us look at what God exchanges for our sins – it is helpful to understand the value of what we are acquiring when we release the things of the enemy and embrace God’s gifts. When we lay down our sin and give it to Him, we can receive the gifts He wants to lavish on us – on you! So what are some of the things God gives us in exchange for our relinquished sins and our surrender to His will? There are so many things, but here are three life-altering blessings He gives us when we surrender all to Him:
- He gives you salvation. We are told in Ephesians 2:8 (NLT): “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” We don’t earn this blessing – we are given it and we cannot earn it. Salvation is the most precious gift, one that is given freely – but we have to accept and receive it. We have to be willing to lay down our loves and take the unparalleled gift, and when we do, we are changed forever and we are able to walk in our eternal impact.
- He gives you peace of mind. If you release your guilt, grief, and grudges, God will take them and give you peace of mind. John 14:27 (NLT) says: “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” The world’s version of peace is nothing compared to what the Father has for us. We cannot allow the ups and downs that life holds to control our level of peace in this world when God has offered to take our heaviness and give us peace of mind.
- He gives you eternal life. Romans 6:23 (NIV) says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God takes the wages of sin, which is death, and gives us holiness and eternal life. It is the great exchange, giving us life everlasting when death was what we had earned through sin and separation from the father. The gift of eternal life is not only getting to live forever or – it is also living forever with the God who loves us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
So how do we do this, receive the great exchange God has for us? We have to accept that Jesus is our source, not we ourselves. It is easy to lean on our understanding, our abilities, but God has more than we can imagine and the lesser things that we cling to cannot compare. Why would you keep on the path of worry, separation from God, and destruction, when God wants to exchange those awful things and replace them with His abundance? The great exchange is an eternity-changer, and we all want to embrace the gift God has for us.
Here at Xperience Church, we encourage you to allow God to exchange His wonderful bounty for the things that drag you down (like guilt, grief, and resentment) and embrace the joy He has for you. Every day is not going to be perfect, but God gives you the strength to overcome what you have to face today. Let us choose His salvation, peace of mind, and eternal life.