3.25.2013

|| i·den·ti·ty || part four

the final part to the i·den·ti·ty series

// i am made new in Christ - born of God the saying "we're just forgiven sinners saved by grace" is devastating because it actually denies the work that God has done in us. God's word tells us that we are a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new: "therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. the old has passed away; behold the new has come" - 2 Corinthians 5:17. when i accepted Jesus a my Lord and Savior and believed upon Him, i became a new creation in Christ. God's word tells us that this new man is created in righteousness and true holiness: "and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness" - Ephesians 4:24. i am not just born again but i have also become a child of God: "but to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God" - John 1:12-13. so what happened to the old you? the old you was crucified with Christ. God didn't repair the old you, he created a new you in Christ, which is what the Bible refers to when talking about being born-again: "Jesus answered, 'truly, truly  i say to you, unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that i say to you, 'you must be born again" - John 3:5-7. "i have been crucified with Christ. it is no longer i who live, bu Christ who lives in me. and the life i now live in the flesh i live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" - Galatians 2:20"

// i am seated with Christ - a position of authority to be seated refers to a place of authority. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, and God's word tells us that we are seated with Christ: "and raised us up with him and seated us with him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" - Ephesians 2:6. because of my in Christ, i am seated in a place of authority over all sickness, diseases, and demons.

in conclusion, when i don't realize who i am in Christ, my faith is crippled. if i don't feel worthy yo exercise my authority in Christ  then i won't be doing it in the fullness of faith and will lack assurance. satan works diligently to program people's minds to feel unworthy and unable to walk in the power of God here on earth. this is one of the most popular strongholds in existence today in the body of Christ. the truth is that we, by our own power and effort, are unworthy, but it is the blood of Christ that makes us worthy. and if we say we are unworthy when the blood says we are, then we are denying the work that Christ did for us on the cross.

// scripture memorization:
2 corinthians 5:17
ephesians 4:24
john 1:12-3
galations 2:20
ephesians 2:6


***teaching printed from www.GreatBibleStudy.com. this is not my own work. to read original article, click here!


// i pray ephesians 3:14-19 over you now, for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. in Jesus' name amen.

DO NOT FORGET WHO YOU ARE

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