New Year! New Me! ~ Who I am in Christ

Understanding who you are in Christ will give you a strong foundation to build your life on. Knowing who are you in Jesus is the key to a successful Christian life and a life lived ON purpose. Once you choose to follow Jesus you become a new creation, the old you passes away and you become who you are in Him. Stop living out who other people say you are and take hold of the truth of God’s Word! Your identity doesn’t depend on something you do or have done.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, every one of these statements is true of you. Try reading the list below every day for a month, preferable out loud. As you speak these truths, you will believe it and your behavior will reflect your true identity. This renews your mind so you are not conformed to this world.

  • I am loved (John 3:16) For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

  • I am accepted (1 Peter 2:9) You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.

  • I am a child of God (John 1:12) But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.

  • I am redeemed and forgiven (Colossians 1:14-15) For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

  • I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

  • I am a new creation because I am in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new creation. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

  • I do not have a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.

  • I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me (Hebrews 13:5) For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

  • I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:31-39) What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16) Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

  • I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me (Philippians 1:6) God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

 

New Year! New Me!

Today is the day! We have a brand new year ahead of us, a year that has the possibility to be filled with peace, promise, hope, and trust in the Almighty God. This is possible only through our God, whose love for you reaches as high as the stars in the sky. With God it is possible to get rid of the weight that entangles you and holds you back from the best life you can have.

There is an amazing, powerful God who wants to give you life to the fullest. At the same time, there is an enemy whose only goal is to steal, kill, and destroy you. However God is All-Powerful, and He overcame the enemy when Jesus died on the cross and rose again. It is because Jesus claimed victory over death that you can walk in freedom and have life!

God is after our hearts. His desire is to have an intimate relationship with you. He doesn’t make it hard to reach Him. Everyone deals with guilt and regret about mistakes and things in the past, so talk to God as openly as if you were talking to a friend. Because no matter what has happened in your life, God will never stop loving you!

God is holding this wonderful gift of life to you…all you need to do is accept it by realizing that God is the perfect King, and you’re in need of someone to save you. Welcome and allow God to be King of your life and to guide you. When you do, you will never be the same.

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:40-43

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You. Psalm 86:5

 

What is My Worth?

What are we really worth? What am I, as a person really worth? To whom am I valuable? It’s easy to see value in things such as; cars, boats, money, fame or other people. However when it comes to our own value, do we place as high a price on our value as we do on other people or things? Many of us walk with the burden of our past failures, we carry a load of guilt and shame that we’re not meant to bear. We’re reminded of a shameful past full of regret and mistakes we’d rather forget but we’re constantly reminded of what we’ve done.

In our moments of despair, when all hope seems lost, when we’re lost in the shame of our past we must remember from where our help comes from – it comes from the Lord (Psalm 121). Shame, guilt and despair are not part of God’s agenda for his kids. The first part of John 10:10 states: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”. Satan is bent on our destruction; he will do whatever it takes to keep you away from freedom in Christ. He will rob you of your joy, He will steal your peace and he will kill your life by whatever means necessary. He is a prowling lion seeking who he can devour (1 Peter 5:8).

The second part of John 10:10 says; “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Jesus wants to give us life and give it to us abundantly. Christ saw our value while we were lost in sin. Christ saw us in our filthiest mess and said ‘Yes, I’ll die for that one’. Christ died for you. Today, He calls your name. Today, He desires to know you, to have a relationship with you. Today, He waits for you to open the door to your burdened heart and invite Him in. It does not matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done or who you are. Christ died for you. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Have you been following ‘other names’ attempting to find enlightenment or a way to higher truth? Many religions claim to know the way. Jesus said of himself; “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Buddha cannot save you, Mohammad cannot save you, no saint or apostle can save you. There is no penance or prayers to Mary that can take away your sin. Unlike those people, Jesus Christ died, rose again and sits at the right hand of God the Father and has provided a way of salvation to all people. Jesus is the only one who can set men and women free.

Jesus offers freedom and life. If you would like to know more about salvation and having a relationship with Jesus and the freedom found in Him, contact me.

~Brad