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I have some good news for the believer: We are EXACTLY what God says we are in His word. Nothing more, but nothing less. This is great news for the believers who might have spent a lot of wasted time obsessing over their identity in their careers, economic status, and educational pursuits. This is a message especially for the person who feels unworthy because a less than stellar track record. It's for those who might have believed they weren’t smart or attractive enough. For any of us who might have felt limited because they weren’t exactly rubbing elbows with all the right people. If you are reading this and you're one of those “I got it all together” Christians, this isn't for you. Please don't waste your time.
The more I live, I am beginning to understand how vitally important it is to know who we are in Christ. The various cares and circumstances of life has a way of distorting the reality of who we are according to the Word of God. If we are not certain about who we are the world has no problem assigning us a few of its labels. Even worse, our adversary absolutely loves to deceive Christians who are ignorant of all the promises and privileges they are afforded to in Christ. No, we cannot let the world, our enemy, or even misguided fellow Christians fence us in. Our one and only objective must be to do the will of our Heavenly Father. And with the help of His Son and the Holy Spirit, we know we can do all things (Phillipians 4:13).
The Bible is filled with countless promises and assurances that apply to those who believe and follow His Word. Still, I think some of the most powerful promises of the Bible are those that confirm our acceptance through Christ and our new intimacy with the Father through Him. The Bible tells us that we can be sure that we are his children (John 1:12). Our Father will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). Jesus even assured us that He'd never abandon us as if we were orphans (John 14:18). Our savior withholds nothing from us as if we were his servants, but confides in us like we're his friends (John 15:15). We are anything but worthless since we were bought at such a high price: the matchless blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:19). By the precious blood of the Spotless Lamb, we have been justified so that we can have peace with God. We can rejoice in the hope of God's glory, even in troubling situations that does not seem fitting of our praise (Romans 5:1-2). We are important to God and each of us play a vital function in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). And lastly, we can be confident that he will complete the work He began in us (Philippians 1:6).
Woo hoo! What an encouragement it is to know that we are loved and accepted by God through Christ! Sometimes we are so busy looking at who we are in and of ourselves that we forget where our real identity lies: fully in Christ. Any child will have the DNA of their parents. Now it's important to note that a child is not an exact replica (or clone) of the parent, but the child will have the DNA of his father. The same applies to us! A blood-bought believer shares Christ's DNA. It's all spelled out in black and white in his Word. Never let ANYONE tell you anything different. Go ahead! Clap and shout! Do a quick victory dance! And the next time you are tempted to believe false labels, choose to believe what God has already spoken about you in His Word.
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24 Dec 2014
Amazing, amazing article!!!.. This is what my belief is too. Yes, I am what the Word says I am. It is not who I live, it is CHRIST who lives in me, I am conscious of this truth and I see a lot of changes in my thinking as well as in my behaviour.
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