Ephesians 1:7-8 in the Amplified says, “In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and generosity of His gracious favor,
which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence).” Lavish means extravagant. Romans 5:5 is in reference to the progressional benefits of our trials that end in hope.
It says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Poured out and overflowing love, filling every nook, cranny, and crevice in our hearts.
Have you ever looked back and wished that you had not acted like you did, said the words that spewed out of your mouth, or lived in regret? That is the devil’s trick. His lies are meant to control and bring us into destruction.
Redemption is always a forward motion. Elisha is a great example for us. Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha. What did Elisha do? 1 Kings 19:21 says that he, “…took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people…Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.”
Elisha burned his bridges. His means of livelihood were destroyed and he never turned back. Luke 9:62 were Jesus’ words to those who offered excuses. It says, “…No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The word ‘fit’ in the Greek means useful, well-placed, appropriate. We lose out on ministry opportunities when we keep looking back to our past. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that at salvation we became new creations. The verse says, “…old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Your past is passed. It is gone and forgiven. Don’t look back to something that the Lord has redeemed for His purposes. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Your hard trials have equipped you to speak fit, well-placed, and appropriate words that will encourage and strengthen another in their trial.
Isaiah 50:4 was written about the Lord, but we can apply it to ourselves. It says, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”
The words that the Lord spoke to us in our trial, those crucible words are timeless. In our season of trouble they were our strength. As we speak to one who is weary in their trial, they will be strengthened in their inner man. They are words of redemption that will lift their heart, and hold up their hands that hang down.