Our Identity in Christ Alone

So many people in today’s society believe that they are not “good enough”. They believe it so strongly that to disagree with them or to correct them heaps a weight of condemnation on their shoulders, which is just too heavy for them to bear. Even when someone attempts to encourage them, they dare not believe these positive comments.

When we come to Christ, however, He heals that deep wound in our soul. He purposely chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. His servants are weak, humiliated and despised; and He uses them to confound the haughty and to prove that Christ in us is more powerful than all the human effort in the world combined (1 Corinthians 1:27-28).

By God’s Spirit, we curb our penchant to sin by trusting in God and surrendering our life to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). Although Satan still influences our decisions and encourages us to sin, we can renounce this inclination to allow sin to use our body and soul. Instead, we submit our self to God and His perfect will for each moment of our day and Satan has to flee (Romans 6:12-13; James 4:7).

Those who are acutely aware of their inabilities and insecurities tend to depend more on God than those who have faith in their own abilities. In reality, God searches the earth for those who are aware of their powerlessness to control life (2 Chronicles 16:9). As humble Saints, we are more open to allowing God to work in and through us. We

Prayer:
Father God, You keep us in perfect peace if we focus our mind on You throughout the day and if we trust in Your perfect will for our life (Isaiah 26:3). Your peace transcends anything we receive from the world or from our own hard work and natural capabilities. The peace, love and joy we seek are not found in our position in society, the honor of our accomplishments, the status of our reputation or our accumulation of wealth and possessions. We rest our identity only on Christ within us, and we value Your opinion of us more than that of any person alive, regardless of their position, accomplishments, reputation, financial status or possessions.

Thought for the Day:
Rather than having faith in your abilities, trust in God’s plan and purpose in your life to use You according to His capabilities.

Our Glorious King

God chooses the foolish of the world to confuse the wise and the weak to confound the mighty. He uses the lowly and the despised to walk in His Spirit in order to bring down strongholds and lift up everything that pertains to Him (1 Corinthians 1:27-28). Our life is in God’s complete control. We may not always understand His ways or purposes; but as we maintain our faith in Him and obey His Spirit’s directives, eternity will reveal the reasoning behind His actions.

Our temporary struggles here on earth cannot even compare to the glory that God prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). His powerful hope sustains us in trials and temptations. God gives His Saints citizenship in heaven, and we will reign with the Lord Jesus Christ. We eagerly wait for our Savior’s return. Since all things are subject to His power, He will transform our humble, finite body and conform it to the infinite, immortal glory of His body (Philippians 3:20-21).

God’s works are vast and spectacular. All of His ways are holy and trustworthy. He is the King of all the nations and everyone will fear Him and glorify His name. Upon His return, every nation will come and worship before Him. Everyone will see and understand all of His mighty acts throughout the ages (Revelation 15:3-4). He provides heaven for all of those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior (Luke 20:26). Even in death, Believers have a refuge in Christ (Proverbs 14:22).

Those who die without a regenerated spirit experience physical death along with the second death in hell (Revelation 2:11; 20:6,14-15; 21:8). However, when an authentic Born Again Believer dies physically, his/her body is buried to await the resurrection, but their soul and spirit, their essence, immediately join the Lord in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). It is said that we are sleeping in Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:18), and the day of our death is better than the day of our birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1).

Prayer:
Father God, as surely as You live, every knee of those on the earth, in the earth and under the earth, that includes everyone, will bow to Your Lordship (Philippians 2:10). I pray that anyone reading these words who has not surrendered their life to You, will indeed believe that Jesus is our only Savior, so they will repent of their sins and walk in Your ways. Thank you for Your gracious plan to redeem all mankind and for making Your glory so evident in nature all around us (Romans 1:20). I pray that people will see the fallacy in Satan’s lies and come to the truth of Your written Word, so they too will worship You as their Lord and King.

Thought for the Day:
Come believe in Christ and live in the presence of our glorious King, both on this earth and eternally in the grandeur of heaven.