I Will Boast
Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. We are super excited that you have joined us today. We have a great devotion today for Message Monday. A problem with humanity has always been pride and selfishness. But we can always boast in Christ who won our lives for us. We have two great songs to discuss today. So, let’s dive into it.
I Will Boast- Chris Tomlin
Before we even get into the cross, let’s go back to the very beginning.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””
We know that Adam and Eve both eat of the forbidden tree and curse the world. Sin entered the Earth that day because we wanted to be “like God”. It is the original sin, treason against God. We wanted to be our own gods and that is what happened. We now know good and evil and we choose to do evil. But it doesn’t end there. God comes to Adam and Eve and they admit to eating the fruit.
“So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.””
This was the consequence for the sin. But even there, in the very beginning, God gives us a promise and a hope. He mentions the battle between the children of the woman and the serpent.
“…he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Man will eventually beat the serpent and crush his head. Adam and Eve have two sons, Cain and Abel, and we think, great the promise will be fulfilled. But we later read that Cain kills Abel. So these two couldn’t be the serpent crusher. Throughout the Old Testament we hear about this serpent crusher but all the great people who could be this promised serpent crusher all fall short in sin.
‘…I will boast only in the cross
Where my Savior died for me
Nothing else, no other love,
Goes so far and runs so deep…’
‘…I will boast only in the cross
See His head, His hands, and feet
Scars of grace, scars that heal
He broke the curse and set me free…’
Jesus. The one true messiah is born in the New Testament. Fully God and yet fully man. He lived a perfect life, never once did He sin. He does miracles and heals the sick. His teachings change the world but after 33 years He is hung up on a cross, beaten and unrecognisable. That was supposed to be the saviour of the world? It was the most brutal death and it was also cursed.
“you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under Godʼs curse. You must not desecrate the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.”
Jesus was hung on a pole for us. The saviour was under God’s curse and His wrath. We know that we could never beat death and sin, only God could possibly do such a thing. And there He was, saviour of the world, beaten, mocked, cursed and hung under God’s judgement. He did what we never could so we wouldn’t have to. His blood has been sprinkled over us so that we can be spared from the wrath of God.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.””
‘…Only One took the nails
Only One tore the veil
Only One spotless Lamb
I will boast only in the cross…’
The serpent crusher came as a baby in a manger. Humble and weak. God came to Earth, not as a wealthy or powerful person, but rather a humble and weak baby. Jesus still crushed the devil’s head.
‘…I will boast only in the cross
The Father’s love at Calvary
My sin erased, my debt He paid
This is my hope, the song I sing…’
I Will Boast In Christ- Hillsong Worship
“With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.”
Our God is all powerful. When we achieve anything in this life, all the glory and honour goes to God. We have no reason to boast but in Christ alone.
‘…All I have because of Jesus
All this promise
Won for me
When He paid the highest ransom
Once for always
For my freedom…’
“I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.”
In God I will boast all day long. Do you believe that God is who He says He is? If He is then why doesn’t He get all our praise? It is just in our nature. Just like we saw with Adam and Eve, we want to put ourselves in the God seat. The world seems to revolve around me, and that is why we can get angry or upset with God. We don’t see the bigger picture, just us!
“Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.”
‘…I will boast, in Christ alone
And not my own
I will cling to Christ my hope
His mercy reigns
Now and forever…’
It is time to humble ourselves and boast in Christ alone. It is not by anything we do but what Jesus did for us. The love of a father, the sacrifice of a king, the grace of our God. All the glory to God.
‘…Love will never lose its power
All my failures, could not erase
And now I walk within Your favor
God, I give you my life again. I know that you are all I need. Thank you for my life, my salvation and the love you give me. Here’s my life, Lord. Please take me and use me for your glory!
The Faith Filled Friends