Archive for May, 2010

Who Am I? Day 7 of 7


 Who Am I?
A Christian’s Inherited Traits* 
(31 through 35 of 35)
 
     31.  I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (1 Pet. 2:9,10).
     32.  I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Pet. 2:11).
     33.  I am an enemy of the devil (1 Pet. 5:8).
     34.  I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (1 John 3:1,2).
     35.  I am born of God, and the evil one – the devil – cannot touch me (1 John 5:18).
 
Final Observations:
 
  • Trait #31 unmistakably shows us that we are valued by God.  Deuteronomy 32:9 and 10 states, "For the Lord’s portion is His people…He kept him (He keeps us) as the apple of His eye.  In other words, He cannot resist us!  He cannot help but love us.  He adores us.  He does not want to live without us!  We need to always remember that God loves us and His love for us is not based on our performance.
  • Trait #32 demonstrates the total transformation that has taken place in our lives.  Where we were once strangers and aliens to God, we have become aliens and strangers to this world.  Our transformation is often times compared to that of a caterpillar to a butterfly.  We have been given wings and with our wings we can soar and are no longer restricted by the gravitational pull of this world.
  • Trait # 33 can be frightening if we were to observe it alone without knowing about trait # 35.  What did we do to the devil to make him our enemy anyway?  We turned our back on Him and listened to the Spirit of God and stopped listening to Him enough to believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, that’s what we did.  We humbled ourselves and acknowledged we couldn’t save ourselves as Satan tried to convince us otherwise.  However, we became sons and daughters of the Almighty Father in heaven, and as our Father, He will naturally protect His children.  Remember, nothing, absolutely nothing will happen to us outside of the Father’s will.
  • Finally, Trait # 34 is one of God’s and our ultimate goals, isn’t it?  The goal of purity will be achieved and all things will be cleared up when we see Him face to face. 

"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part, then I shall know just as I also am known." -1 Cor. 3:12

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." -2 Cor. 3:18

Use Your God Given Wings to Soar Today and Ever More Unto Eternity!

In God and God Alone,

Jim

*from Neil T. Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness

 

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Who Am I? Day 6 of 7


 Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 26 through 30 of 35)
 

26. I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4).

27. I am a son of light and not of darkness (1 Thess. 5:5).

28. I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1).

29. I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (Heb. 3:14).

30. I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5).

Today’s Observations:

  • Traits 26 and 27 are vital to remember if we want to have Victory Over the Darkness.  If we remember that we have these traits as believers, we will live out the characteristics pertaining to those who possess these traits, namely:  merciful, kind, humble, meek, longsuffering, forbearing, and forgiving (Col. 3:12,13).  If we remember who we are in Christ, we will be less likely to live out the charachteristics of our old nature.  (See Colossians 3:1-10)
  •  Traits 28 and 29 are "partaker" traits, traits that all believers share in without exception.  We are all entitled to receiving a calling, a purpose for our lives that glorifies Christ and in following His calling in our lives we will all partake of the life of Christ; His joy as well as His sufferings (see 1 Peter 4:13). 
  •  Trait number 30 is also vital to remember because Satan will try to make us feel defeated.  We do not become complete in Him all at once, but we are being built up by him.  Our failures are just set backs and Jesus does not give up on us.  We are but one living stone being set into place among all the other living stones of God’s family that will one day become His spiritual house.  Not everything relies on me.  I like to remember the lyrics of one of my favorite Christian songwriters when I was a teenager, Keith Green.  In the chorus of his song, He’ll Take Care of the Rest it says, "Just keep doing your best, and pray that its blessed, and He’ll take care of the rest!" 

Remember, Jesus said, " My yoke is easy and my burden is light." – Mt. 11:30

With My Prayers for a Light and Easy Tuesday in Christ,

Jim 

 

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Who Am I, Day 5 of 7


 Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 21 through 25 of 35)
 
  • I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph. 3:1; 4:1).
  • I am righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24).

  • I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Eph. 2:6; Phil. 3:20).

  • I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).

  • I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Col. 3:4).

Today’s Observations:
  1. The first three of today’s traits are taken from the letter to the Ephesians.  This letter celebrates the church as the bride of Christ; as beautifully adorned and wearing the spotless gown of Jesus Christ.  Just as a bride gives herself to the groom, sometime soon after we received Christ, we gave ourselves fully to him.  He therefore accepted the offer and we are now in His possession and He will never let go of us; He will never divorce us.  He has adorned us with righteousness and holiness.  As the bride of Christ, we, of course, are made citizens of heaven, given the  bride’s rightful seat in heaven.  (And, if you remember, because we are son’s of God, and brothers and sisters of Christ, we are natural born citizens of heaven.)
  2. Today’s fourth trait is a really awesome attribute to keep foremost in our minds.  The same protection that the Father gives His Son Jesus Christ is ours.  Nothing will happen to us outside of His will.  We can put our trust " under the shadow of His wings" (Psalm 36:7) and feel just as secure as our Savior who was described as hidden "in the shadow of His hand" (Isaiah 49:2).  Hallelujah, we can rest secure knowing we are protected by the Almighty God.  We have nothing to fear but Him alone!
  3. Today’s last trait shows how we are an expression of the life of Christ, not the essence of His life.  Remember, we collectively are the Body of Christ, but each individual part is just an expression of Him.  To me, this is a freeing thought.  We are not expected to carry out every aspect of the life of Christ, but only the part we are called to do.  When we receive our calling, we need to remember that we are just one part.  When other needs arise in the Body that need to be met by other parts that we are not called to do, we should not be motivated by guilt when the responsible parts refuse to step up to the plate.  We should not serve in a capacity that we are not called to at the expense of our calling; that would be making two mistakes.  Let God deal with those who are not responding to His calling and let Him take care of the parts that are not being taken care of.  To quote Neil Anderson;  ‘I am not the great "I am", but by the grace of God, I am what I am.’* 

 Live Today in the Fullness of His Grace!

With Brotherly Love,

Jim

*from Neil T. Anderson’s book, Victory Over the Darkness.

 

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Who Am I, Day 4 of 7


 Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 16 through 20 of 35)
 
This is a continuation of a look at the attributes or "traits" of a Christian taken from Neil T. Anderson’s book, Victory Over the Darkness.
 
  • I am a son of God and one in Christ (Gal 3:26,28).
  • I am an heir of God since I am a son of God (Gal 4:6,7).
  • I am a saint (1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2).
  • I am God’s workmanship – His handiwork – born anew in Christ to do His work (Eph. 2:10).
  • I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Eph. 2:19).

Being Sunday, and being the day my wife will walk in her graduation ceremony of becoming a nurse, I will only have time for a few observations today.  Please take the time to look up the scriptures that are quoted for yourselves and see that these things are true for yourself!

The first two of today’s attributes are similar to traits nine and ten discussed two days ago.  The third trait shows how we are saints, not based on what we’ve done; we didn’t earn the title, we are given the title just because we believed in Him!  The fourth shows that we are a work in progress, preparing us to do His work.  The fifth shows where our new citizenship is; with all other believers we are citizens of His kingdom.  Remember, we are now the King’s kids; where else would we have citzenship in but in His kingdom?  We are no longer of this world, so we will begin to behave more and more like King’s kids as we mature in Christ.  People in this world will notice we are different, and that’s a good thing!

Please take some time today to fellowship with God’s Family and God’s Citizens!

In Christ,

Jim

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Who Am I, Day 3 of 7


Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 11 through 15 of 35)
 
  • I am a temple – a dwelling place – of God.  His Spirit and His life dwell in me (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19).
  • I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17).
  • I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30).
  • I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
  • I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18,19).

Today’s observations: 

  1. All of today’s descriptions (traits) are found in the letters to the Corinthians.  The Apostle Paul wrote these letters because the Corinthians were falling to many of the lies Satan was whispering in their ears.  Ultimately, they believed the lie that they could live like the world and live in the flesh and still be considered good Christians; and the church was not holding them responsible.  As a result, the Corinthians forgot who they were in Christ.  They forgot the transformation that Christ had begun in them.  They forgot that they had access to the Power necessary to overcome the evil one and to live a life that would be a true reflection of Christ.
  2. The first three of today’s descriptions describe how all believers are one with Him; He personally dwells in us; His life is in us; His Spirit is in us, and we are one in spirit with Him; and collectively, we are His Body.
  3. The 4th trait reminds me of these verses from the book of Revelations:

  "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, no more sorrow, no crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away…behold, I make all things new." -Rev. 21:3-9

Did you notice that that last sentence says "the former things have passed away…behold, I make all things new"?  When we received Christ, our old self died and was buried!  The symbolism of baptism (of the water submersion type) represents the burial of our old self and our old nature with it.  Likewise, when we are brought out of the water, it symbolizes a new person being brought forth from water, just as a newborn in the flesh is brought forth from the water of the womb! 

The full verse quotation for the 4th trait is "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away (died, buried, and ceases to exist); behold, all things have become new."  It is imperative we memorize this verse in defense against the lies and schemes of the devil.

    4.  The last trait shows what we are equipped to do, since we have experience in this; we are to be ministers of reconcililiation:  ministering the reconciliation of Christ to others, and ministering reconciliation to each other.  See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 for a detailed explanation of this vital ministry that all believers are to have.

With My Prayers for a Day of Blessing from the Lord,

Jim

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Who Am I, Day 2 of 7


continued from yesterday’s blog entry
 
Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 6 through 10 of 35)
 
  • I am Chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16).
  • I am a slave of righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
  • I am enslaved to God (Rom 6:22).
  • I am a son (daughter) of God; God is spiritually my Father (Rom. 8:14,15; Gal. 3:26; 4:6).
  • I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Rom. 8:17).

A few observations today: 

  1. The first three of today’s attributes describe the Christian in positional terms; the first in the sense of what we are equipped to do and the 2nd and 3rd in how we are His for keeps and there’s no turning back.
  2. The fourth and fifth attributes describe the Christian in relational terms; the fourth describes that He (the Father) relates to us as His son or daughter and we relate to Him as our (heavenly) Father; and the fifth describes how we are co-inheritors with Christ where we are valued as a son or daughter as well as a brother or sister of Christ.
  3. It is interesting (and comforting, and assuring) to note that our Father wants us to realize that we are a permanent member of His family, with all the rights and privileges that a family member is entitled to.  We are more than mere servants of the King; we are the Kings kids!  We are not just adopted into the family, but we are transformed into His children and we are now related by blood; the blood of the Lamb!

Again, I’m stoked as I begin to fully realize all Jesus has accomplished for my sake, because He desired to love me like a friend; and not like just any friend, but as a brother.  In addition, God the Father loved me so much that He sent His one and only Son to take the punishment that I deserved so that He, the Father, would have the opportunity to also love me, not just as a friend, but as His very own son.  Now that in and of it self is a reason to want to live.  And I’m not talking about just surviving, but living life in the fullness of joy!

May God Bless You with Prosperity of Spirit.  Your Brother and Friend,

Jim  

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Who Am I?


Below is an excerpt form Neil T. Anderson’s book, Victory Over the Darkness.  If you’re a believer in Christ, the list below tells you who you really are in Christ, His new creation.
 
Who Am I?
 
  • I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13).
  • I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14).
  • I am a child of God (John 1:12).
  • I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5).
  • I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15).

These are just five of 35 descriptions that Neil gives us.  I will update you with 5 each per day for a week to meditate upon and memorize.  I, like many of you, haven’t fully realized the transformation Jesus has made in us and continues to work in us!  I always knew that Jesus was my friend, but it is a really cool fact to realize that I am Jesus’ friend.  Think about it, He says that you are His friend.   With all our faults, warts and all, He calls us His friends!  There is nothing we can do so wrong to make Him change His mind about calling us His friends!  We became His friends for eternity when we believed in Him and acccepted His grace and mercy!  Wow!  I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked!

These descriptions remind me of an old praise chorus.  I’m sorry, but being a musician, things often remind me of a song.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember the artist  who recorded this nor the author, but  I do remember the chorus: 

"Changed into His image by the Spirit of God.  Changed into His image by the Spirit of God.  From Glory to Glory He is making us more Holy as we’re changed into His image by the Spirit of God."

My prayer for you and I is that these descriptions help you realize who you really are in Christ and help you defend yourself against the accusations and lies of the evil one so that you may be fully empowered to live a life worthy to be called a Christian (one who resembles Christ).  

With the love of Christ.  Your brother and friend,

Jim

 

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