JESUS IS THE TRUTH
Jesus made a declaration in John 14:6 that He is the Truth, Way and The Life. Therefore to position yourself in Jesus or as His disciple you are placing yourself on a path of enlightenment and discovery. His truth is the light that illuminates our darkness. When we understand who we are in Jesus we will find ourselves free from a great area of bondage for many people; and that is…. believing lies.
Lie: Your identity is limited to your DNA, blood line, who others say you are or who you think you are.
Truth: When you come to Jesus the bible declares you are adopted into a new family (Read John 1:2) and have become a new creation (Read 2 Cor. 5:17) taking on Christ like traits by means of the Holy Spirit.
Character of the New You...
"12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him"
IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Discovering your identity confirms who you are and your assigned destiny. Everything you need to know about how God sees you can be taught as you discover your identity in Christ. Discovering your identity can help to eradicate issues such as low self-esteem, discouragement, depression, confusion about your future and so much more. According to Ephesians chapter 1, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing; we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, grace-lavished, and unconditionally loved and accepted. We are pure, blameless and forgiven. Furthermore, we have received the hope of spending eternity with God. When we are in Christ, these aspects of our identity are irrevocable and can’t be altered by what we choose to do or not do.
Often, however, a gap exists between intellectually knowing these truths about who God says we are and living them out. This can be affected by how we see ourselves, life experiences, and the ways we allow the world to define us. Many times, a false belief has wedged itself between how God defines us and seeing ourselves in the same light. In order to fight against these false beliefs, we must careful of what belief system we are allowing to form our identity. When carefully examining the passage in Ephesians chapter 1, some truths that we can confirm are:
1) We are not rejected but instead accepted
2) We are no longer in bondage but instead redeemed
3) We are no longer subject to the Old Testament law but instead covered by grace
4) We should no longer feel orphaned but instead adopted.
Living our lives out of a false identity as opposed to our new identity in Christ will subsequently affect our behaviors. If we still think we are under the law, then we are likely to think that we must “do” more for God in order to be right with Him. We may bury ourselves in ministry or service or other good works to feel as though we’re in good standing with God instead of resting in Christ’s work on the cross.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:3-15
I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM
In Christ, we are fundamentally new, and belong to the Kingdom of God. The language and values and customs and expectations of this world become increasingly foreign to us. We have been born again for another world, to a greater kind of existence. At the heart of what it means to be a Christian is to receive a new identity. In Jesus, we do not lose our true selves, but we become our true selves. Everything we do, say or think becomes aligned with the rule and government of God’s Kingdom. The Bible becomes our daily guide to Kingdom principles and living. The following scriptures are just a few examples of our new life in Him…
1) I am anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
2) I choose to meditate on anything that has virtue or is praiseworthy. I think about things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8).
3) I press on, that I may lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
4) I am a crown of glory and a royal diadem in the hand of the LORD (Isaiah 62:3).
I always rejoice and pray without ceasing. In everything, I give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).
5) I am steadfast of mind. He keeps me in perfect peace because I trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
6) God loads me daily with benefits. He is my salvation (Psalm 68:19).
7) I am God’s servant and He takes pleasure in my prosperity (Psalm 35:27).
8) I meditate on God’s word day and night. I am successful and prosperous (Psalm 1:2-3, Joshua 1:8).
9) God makes all grace abound toward me so that I always have all sufficiency and an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
10) Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for me (Galatians 3:13).