Who Am I In Christ?

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By: Tina Coble

I am currently going through a season where God is teaching me that His opinion is the only opinion that counts. It’s amazing the power that one negative word someone speaks about you can have on you and how suddenly we forget all the beautiful words God says about us.  It seems easier for us to believe what man says about us than what God says about us. Don’t get me wrong, I trust God and His Word and it is easy for me to believe what God says about himself or even what He says about others, but harder to believe it personally.  Can anyone relate to this? If so I want to encourage you to join me in this season of beginning to claim the beautiful truth about who we are in Christ from the heart of our God.  God’s opinion after all is the only one that matters. He is the one that gets the final vote. He is the one who created us.  So join me in this challenge. Let’s speak the truth of God’s Word out loud and claim our identity in Him. These are the scriptures God has me speaking over myself. Will you join me in speaking over yourself this week?

  • I am loved. (1 John 3:3)
  • I am accepted. (Ephesians 1:6)
  • I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
  • I am Jesus’ friend. (John 15:14)
  • I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. (Romans 8:17)
  • I am united with God and one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • I am a member of Christ’s body. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • I am a Saint. (Ephesians 1:1)
  • I am redeemed and forgiven. (Colossians 1:14)
  • I am complete in Jesus Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
  • I am free from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
  • I am a new creation because I am in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)
  • I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21)
  • I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • I am God’s co-worker. (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  • I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. (Ephesians 2:6)
  • I have direct access to God. (Ephesians 2:18)
  • I am chosen to bear fruit. (John 5:16)
  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5)
  • I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
  • I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do. (Philippians 2:13)
  • I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. (James 1:5)

If I am honest, when I started speaking this it made me very uncomfortable. In fact when I first began to speak this truth about my true identity, the enemy started bombarding my mind with lies. I heard:

  • Who do you think you are?
  • God doesn’t notice you.
  • Look how you have failed so many times.
  • This stuff might be true for some people, but it certainly is not true about you.
  • God could never use you.
  • You are not one He has or ever will choose.

Then God interrupted the voice of the enemy with his still, small yet powerful voice and it pierced my heart.  He said, “Tina who’s opinion counts?  Mine, the One who created you, what the enemy is speaking to you now, or what the world says about you. Are you going to believe Me and begin seeing yourself as I see you and am showing you through My Word or are you going to continue believing the lies of this world?”

I believe God has greater things for me and for you and knowing who we are in Christ will give us a stronger “knowing” of who we are in Jesus.  The biggest question  I had for myself was “Am I going to remain stuck because I am too insecure and from this place of insecurity find it easier to believe the lies of this world and the enemy then the truth of my God? Would this insecurity stop me from taking the steps toward the promises God has for me?”  When I named this fear and acknowledged the power it was having over my life the Lord put in me a righteous anger against the strategic attack that Satan had on my life to keep me stuck.  I determined to defeat insecurity and walk in the secure and firm, never-wavering, truth of my Father. I am going after my promises. I am going to fulfill the call on my life and walk in the true identify God breathed into me at the moment He created me. I Tina Coble will walk out my God given call and I will believe what God says about me.  Will you?

Let’s take hold of our true identity. Let’s  renew our minds by speaking out loud who we are in Christ and in when we do I believe how we think and what we know about ourselves will be transformed.  Once we begin to speak this every day, we will start to align our thinking with the truth of who we ALREADY ARE in Christ. God wants to do more in your life and mine than we could ever imagine.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

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Love Them Where They Are

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By: Roslyn Maglione

I know many who have had a very difficult few weeks with family problems, medical issues, concerns at work, hard times at school, and financial worries.  Many times our problems or anxiety have to do with what other people’s influence has caused in our lives.  Whether it is our spouse, children, boss, coworkers, or friends; their actions play a big part in our lives and it is easy to be upset and feel resentment because of their deeds.  However, during these times let’s remember that God loves us even when we are difficult and hard to love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

1 Corinthians 13 is the most direct instructional chapter in the Bible and  God wants us to follow it in our daily life.  It is referring to the love God has for us and how He expects us to love all of those around us.  Although it is clear and direct, it is one of the most difficult to put in to practice.  There are so many people that seem so hard to love because of their actions, beliefs, or words.  People hurt us, talk about us, or just annoy us because they are different or do not think the same way we do.  We have a tendency to always move toward people that are like minded to us and it is easy to love those who love us first; but that is not what God is expecting of us.  If God only loved those who love Him first, we would all be in big trouble. He loved us first although we are broken, sinners and make mistakes over and over and He continues to love us to the fullest.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:6-8a)

The people we are expected to love will disappoint us on a regular basis because we are human.  We will all sin and hurt those we love, but we have to remember that we must always love because we are commanded to do so no matter where the other person is at in their journey.  God wants us to love them where they are at; just as He loves us where we are at this moment in time.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 

                                                     (1 Corinthians 13:13)

 

 

On What are You Basing Your Confidence?

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By: Dawn Ashley

On what are you basing this confidence of yours? “(2 Kings 18:19b)

But if you say to me, “We are depending on the Lord our God” (2 Kings 18:22a)

I am in a season of my life where God has begun to stir things up in my heart and speak things into my life that excite me but if I am honest, also scare me.   It excites me because it resonates with the Spirit of God within me and what I feel I am created to do, my God given purpose on Earth. It scares me because I feel so unworthy and unequipped to be used by Him.  I have made mistakes.  I am not trained.  Yet the Lord says, my daughter what are you basing this confidence on?  If I am honest when I shrink back in fear I am not depending on the Lord .  Why do I need to be equipped before I am called?  Doesn’t God equip the called?  If I was equipped would God know that I would not depend on Him? God is all knowing – omniscient.  Does God know of my mistakes and how others may view me through them?   God is all knowing – omniscient.   I have never surprised God.  Does God maybe want to remind me that the fruit of the ministry He calls me to will always be His work and in this place will I stay forever humble before Him?

Has God called you to something;  something larger than yourself?  Are you reluctant to think God could use little ole you, broken and unequipped?  Look who Jesus called throughout the Bible.  Were any of them equipped?   Were any of them without sin?  Yet did God do a mighty work in and through them.

~ Abraham was too old

~ Noah was a drunk

~ Isaac was a daydreamer

~ Jacob was a liar

~ Leah was ugly

~ Joseph was abused

~ Moses had a stuttering problem

~ Gideon was afraid

~ Samson had long hair and was a womanizer

~ Rahab was a prostitute

~ Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

~ David was an adulterer and a murderer

~ Elijah was suicidal

~ Isaiah preached naked

~ Jonah ran from God

~ Naomi was a widow

~ Job went bankrupt

~ Peter denied Christ

~ The disciples fell asleep while praying

~ Martha worried about everything

~ The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)

~ Zacchaeus was too small

~ Paul was too religious

~ Timothy had an ulcer

~ Lazarus was dead!

I encourage you to step out into the deep with me into where ever it is God is leading you. Base you confidence in Him and depend  on the Lord your  God.  There are people in this world waiting for us to be courageous enough to step out into their worlds. There are people waiting on us to fulfill our call and say yes to God. Let’s choose this day to say yes to God and not let him pass us by. There is hope for us all my friends. Remember God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. It is not about our ability, it is about our availability. Say yes to God today.

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:10)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Tomorrow has its own Worries

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By: Holly Haglan

After doing homework from 7:00pm-11:00pm, I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, and yet I still had about two more hours of homework to finish. I decided it would be better for me to get some rest and wake up at 3:00am to finish my homework before leaving the house at 5:00am to head to clinicals for school the next day.

As I laid in bed all the “to dos” on my list raced through my head , only four hours sleep ahead, two more hours of homework, I had committed to write the devotion for the ministry you are reading right now and wondering what would I write on, and at 5:00am I would be heading to my first clinical day of the semester.  How was I going to get all this done?  How would I come home from the day and start all over again with another five hours of homework.  I was literally working myself up into an absolute panic. Has anyone ever been there before?  Completely overloaded, overwhelmed and wondering where in the world you were going to muster the energy to get it all done and do it well?

Just when I was in this utter stage of absolute panic, I heard  God speak to my spirit with this simple promise from His Word. He reminded me of a verse I used to hold very dear to my heart when I was first going through high school.

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Matthew 6:34)

Suddenly as I heard this promise once again, peace immediately came over me.   God’s Word can change your circumstances instantaneously.  If you are struggling like me in this area, hold tight to God’s promise and let the peace of Christ rest on you.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in our hectic lives. It is right where the enemy wants us because in that place we lose touch of the One who  gives us life and when that happens we lose ourselves. Let’s not get so wrapped up in the things on our list that we  push our relationship with God to the side. That is what the enemy wants. God is the glue that holds our lives together. We need Him. We can’t’ do it on our own, but with Him all things are possible.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

So don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t worry about what you will make on that test tomorrow, don’t worry about your child making the mistakes they were born to make, don’t worry about when you’re going to meet the love of your life. Don’t worry. Step back and realize God has already planned it all out. He knows every sin every trespass we will commit, He knows about every good piece of news and all the bad. Focus on each day as its own. Don’t waste a day full of new opportunities and beginnings by worrying about tomorrow. Place it in His Hands and let go and when you do get ready for a God of the impossible to do the possible in your life.