Who am I “in Christ”?

Check out all these verses on who we are “In Christ!”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him in love.

Ephesians 2:6-7 – God raised us up with Christ, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:9-10 – For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.  And in Christ you have been brought to fullness.  He is the head over every power and authority.

Ephesians 4:19 – And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1 – Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God.

And a few more!…

Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

1 John 4:17 – By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

1 John 4:4 – You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Colossians 1:22 – Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.


“Is this from God?”

Ever question if the thoughts going through your head, or the word someone gave you is from God???  I heard Joseph Prince say this on Joni Table Talk this morning

 

Anything that points you back to yourself is not from God.  For instance, “you should have done this…you need to change that…this happened because you did that…if you do this, God will do that”  The Holy Spirit always points you to Jesus.

 

John 16:8/10 – The Holy Spirit convicts of our righteousness from God!

We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21)!

It’s not about what we have or haven’t done, but everything he has done!

There is no condemnation in Christ (Rom 8:1) / We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3).

 

Check out the full interview below…

 

2 Corinthians 11:3

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

 

Led Astray (phtheiro) – to destroy / to perish / deprave / when anything is damaged in the temple

Simplicity (haplotes) – singleness / not self seeking / free from pretense and hypocrisy

 

*Note the battle is in the mind

*Anything outside of reliance on Jesus Christ…you are being led astray by the enemy.

*The Christian life is not complicated.  It is simply focusing on what Jesus has done for us on the cross (Rom 8:2), and who we are in Him!

Romans 8:11

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

 

Dwell (oikeo) – to occupy / reside (present, active, indicative)

Give Life (zoopoieo) – quicken / produce or bear life / make alive / cause to live / arouse and invigorate / increased life / restore life / new and greater powers of life / seed – germinate or growing (future, active, indicative)

 

*The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus

 

Colossians 2:6

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”

 

Just as we have accepted Christ as our savior, we must accept Him as our true self!  Soon as we said yes to Jesus, there was a change.  Our struggling self was crucified, and we were raised in Christ.  In Christ…all God’s promises are Yes and Amen (2 Cor 1:20), we are seated at the right hand of God in eternal rest (Eph 2:6), and we are blessed with every spiritual blessing from above (Eph 1:3).   It is no longer our nature to be sinful, it is our nature to be holy.  In this verse, Paul is telling us to live day by day conscious of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, knowing who we are in Christ.  As He is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).  We are in eternal right standing with God, in Christ (2 Cor 5:21).  There is no condemnation for us, in Christ (Rom 8:1).  In Christ, the law of the Spirit of Life has set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2)!

 

Joseph Prince says it best in the video below!

 

Lead on the Lake

This past weekend Morgan, Melanie, Brandon, and I went to High Rock lake to meet up with some friends.  We got a late start that afternoon, so when we made it to the lake we headed straight for the island they were all hanging out at.  We found them and there was only one spot left to pull the boat up to.  Our boat has a fiberglass hull, so sandy areas are the only safe place to pull up on.  There was a few boulders around the island, but not too close to where this spot was.  As we started to pull up I had a feeling something wasn’t right.  For some reason I just thought that we were going to damage the boat if we drove all the way up shore.  Keep in mind that I have never been to this island before.  I stopped and told Brandon that I thought we should anchor up the boat about 25 feet out.  He was thinking that we would probably be fine shoring the boat.  The girls weren’t too crazy about getting wet to make it over to the island.  Our friends were telling us to come on up and not park so far out.  However, I just couldn’t let it go.  I really didn’t want to take the boat to the shore.  So we threw the anchor out away from the island, and I jumped in to tie the boat from the other end too a tree.  Soon as I got in and started walking I hit my toe on a hug rock under water, not even 10 feet from where we anchored.  It had to be just as big as I am.  I felt around the rock to see how far it stuck out of the ground, and It was less than two feet from the top of the water.  If we would have gone any further, It would have done major damage to the boat.  The more I thought about it that night, I was so amazed and thankful that the Holy Spirit protected us in this way.   This cautious feeling I had was similar to the prompting to give someone a word of encouragement, or having compassion to pray for someone; so I know it was the Spirit leading me.  How awesome is that!  Our God loves us so much, that He even wants to protect us from danger when we are out just having fun!

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“If it is true that where sin abounded grace has much more abounded, well then, ‘shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound yet further’?

First of all let me make a comment, to me a very important and vital comment. The true preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace alone always leads to the possibility of this charge being brought against it. There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than this, that some people might misunderstand it and misinterpret it to mean that it really amounts to this, that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do; you can go on sinning as much as you like because it will redound all the more to the glory of grace.

That is a very good test of gospel preaching. If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel. Let me show you what I mean. If a man preaches justification by works, no one would ever raise this question. If a man’s preaching is, “If you want to be Christians, and if you want to go to heaven, you must stop committing sins, you must take up good works, and if you do so regularly and constantly, and do not fail to keep on at it, you will make yourselves Christians, you will reconcile yourselves to God, and you will go to heaven’. Obviously a man who preaches in that strain would never be liable to this misunderstanding. Nobody would say to such a man, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”, because the man’s whole emphasis is just this, that if you go on sinning, you are certain to be damned, and only if you stop sinning can you save yourselves. So that misunderstanding could never arise…

…Nobody has ever brought this charge against the Church of Rome [The Roman Catholic Chruch], but it was brought frequently against Martin Luther; indeed that was precisely what the Church of Rome said about the preaching of Martin Luther. They said, “This man who was a priest has changed the doctrine in order to justify his own marriage and his own lust”, and so on. ‘This man.’ they said, ‘Is an antinomian; and that is heresy.’ [Antinomianism is the heretical doctrine that Christians are exempt from the obligations of moral law] That is the very charge they brought against him. It was also brought against George Whitefield two hundred years ago. It is the charge that formal dead Chrsitianity–if there is such a thing–has always brought against this startling, staggering message, that God ‘justifies the ungodly’… (Rom. 4:5)

That is my comment; and it is a very important comment for preachers. I would say to all preachers: If your preaching of salvation has not been misunderstood in that way, then you had better examine your sermons again, and you had better make sure that you really are preaching the salvation that is offered in the New Testament to the ungodly, to the sinner, to those who are dead in trespasses and sins, to those who are enemies of God.There is this kind of dangerous element about the true presentation of the doctrine of salvation.”

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Prosper in Everything

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2

I have had this verse on my mind for a few months now…Notice that health and prosperity come after your soul prospers?

So how does our souls prosper?…Joseph Prince puts it best…Right thinking produces right believing. Right believing produces right living.  Right living produces right results.  Christianity is not about behavior modification but heart transformation.

We process thoughts in our minds, and once we trust those thoughts they become beliefs in our hearts. Our thoughts can be carnally influenced by our circumstances and the world around us or spiritually influenced by the Holy Spirit’s witness in and to us. The product of our day to day lives is a direct reflection of who we believe we are in our hearts.  If I believe I am an alcoholic, I will continue to drink.  Its who I am and what I do.  This is the revelation behind Proverbs 4:23.

Your heart is part spirit and part soul. God has finished his part (spirit), our part is to renew our mind (soul)…Labor to enter the rest of Jesus’s finished works.  Be Christ occupied instead of self-occupied.  Put off the old man and put on the new.  Bring your thoughts captive to Christ’s obedience.

A perfect example of this is a child and their super hero.  Their thoughts are consumed with that hero, so they start to act like that hero.  They start to dress like that hero.  They even believe they are unstoppable as they imagine themselves as that hero.  Jesus is our one and only true hero.  He will not fail you.  He has no rival.  He has no equal.  Everything you need is in Jesus.  He is enough.  Now know that you are In Him.  You were baptized into His death to be resurrected into His Life.  And Christ in you is the hope of glory!

Remind yourself of these truths every day…
“All God’s wrath towards my sins (past, present, and future) was exhausted in the body of Jesus.  Now nothing can separate me from my Father.  The Holy Spirit has baptized me into Christ.  Jesus fulfilled the impossible demand of the law on my behalf.  I am the righteousness of God in Christ.  Therefore, there is no condemnation in Christ.  I am hidden with Christ in God.  As Jesus is so am I in this world.  I am in the world but not of it.  I am highly favored, greatly blessed, and deeply loved.  There is no striving because I am complete in Him.  My soul can be at rest because of His finished work.  My only work is faith in Jesus.”

Those that receive the abundance of grace and gift of righteousness will reign in life.  As you begin to behold Jesus as your true self, the Holy Spirit will transform you into His image from glory to glory (completely healthy and whole, prospering in everything you do).  If I believe, in my heart, I am righteous, holy, and blameless (in nature – through Christ), my actions will soon follow.  If I believe I am blessed with every spiritual blessing from God (in Christ), I will prosper in all things including my health.

Trust Without Borders

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”

I am only going to fully trust and open up my heart to someone I know loves me unconditionaly…that there is no condition for seperation.  If I have any doubt in that, i will put up borders to avoid the pain of a broken heart.  But thanks be to God that perfect love casts out all fear.  The power of the gospel is in “Your sins and your lawless deeds i will remember no more.”  It is the gateway to victory.  The final sacrifice for sin through Jesus on the cross has reconciled man to God.  All God’s wrath towards man was exhausted in the body of Jesus.  We are now the righteousness of God in Christ.  Draw near (trust without borders)!  Let your soul rest in His embrace.  There is now nothing that can seperate us from the love of our Father.  Our lives are with Christ hidden in God.

Hebrews 10: 22 ” Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Holy Spirit convict me of righteousness.  Not of my own works but through faith in Jesus.  Help me to establish full trust in my heart with a conscience of Jesus and the perfect love through the forgiveness of my sins!

 

*Inspired by Oceans – Hillsong

Walking by Faith

These two stories are too good not to share!

In June we started a job at Reynolda House in Winston Salem.  I came across an old style city manhole on the job that went out of production several years back.  We needed to find a way to raise the manhole and make it accessible, since we were paving over top of it.  Procrastinating, as usual, I waited until the day of to address the issue.  Usually we just buy a riser ring for the lid and pave around them.  I was optimistic that one of my regular suppliers would have one laying around.  Not the case!  With just a few hours before the crew was ready to pave in this area, I had called every supplier in the triad, with none in stock.  I pulled into Lowes in Kernersville, as a last chance effort to find something that would work.  At this point I prayed and said, “Father, it says in your word that the things that are impossible with man are possible with you.  I am a new covenant child, righteous by the blood of Jesus, provide me with a solution for this problem.”  Soon as I got to Lowes, I had the thought, “I need to settle this in my heart.”  The second I let go, trusting that God would provide, I received a phone call from a guy at the city yard that I called earlier and had left a voicemail.  I explained to him what I was looking for, and he said, “Oh yeah, I have one of them here in the yard.  Where are you at, and I will bring it to you.”  Soon as I hung up, I realized that His grace gave me more than what I asked for.  Not only did I find a (rare) riser ring, it was delivered to me.  The moment I rested in Him, He provided.  I literally didn’t have to do a thing!

We had another job start up at a church in Rural hall in early July.  I was dealing with the pastor in managing the project.  The second day in we came across a large area near their front entrance that was falling apart as our dump trucks continued to drive across it.  In order to get the new asphalt to last, there must be a hard surface underneath.  Generally we dig out these soft areas and fill them in with asphalt to beef up the pavement, however, this was unexpected and would cost allot extra.  I called the pastor and asked him to meet me there so I could show and explain the situation to him.  Now some people (especially those that are not in the industry) don’t understand the concerns with these issues.  Plus, any time you say the words “change order” things can get tense with budgets involved (which I understand).  In the past, I have had owners tell me, “Yall bid it, now fix it.”  I had no reason to think this pastor would put me in that position, but was still nervous on how it would go.  I mean this was no small repair.  I was estimating approximately $25000 for the extra work. As I saw him walking to me I said, “Jesus, I am in you, in right standing before my Father.  This is not my problem this is yours.  I rest in you!”  He approached and I began to explain the situation as thoroughly as possible.  Before I could even bring up the cost, he said, “I trust that you will not take advantage of us.  With that said, I would like to keep it under $25000 if possible.”  After we wrapped up the conversation, I felt so much peace in how loved I was.  The verse come to mind “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  How effortless it is flowing in His grace!

Life is so much easier trusting God!