Our Identity in Christ – Part 1

Our identity in Christ comes when we totally surrender to God’s love in our life, we allow God to fashion us into a new creation and as we have faith in His faithfulness, which gives us assurance (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 4:19).

God chose us for the praise of His glory, and uses us as a spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3, 1:11-12). We can always approach the throne of God with confidence (Ephesians 3:12).

At salvation He forgives our sins and wipes our slate clean (Ephesians 1:7; Psalm 103:12). With our identity in Christ, we have no shame or condemnation, because we love Him and keep His commandments (Romans 8:1).

God replaces our negative personality traits with His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). As we live in the moment and keep our focus on Him, He replaces our destructive, stress-filled thoughts with His peace (1 Corinthians 2:16; Isaiah 26:3).

We are in Christ and Christ is in us (1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3). We have the wisdom of God and our labor is not in vain, because we follow His Holy Spirit’s leading through each moment of our day (1 Corinthians 15:58).

God gives us the incomparable riches of His grace and the guidance, which we need to minister in His name (Ephesians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30). We can perform anything He calls us to do, because He dwells within us (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 2:10).

God seats us in heavenly places and makes us His light shining in this dark world (Ephesians 2:6, 5:8). He causes us to walk in holiness and faithfulness to His calling on our life, until we come into maturity in Christ (Colossians 1:2, 28).

He takes individuals and forms us into His Body (Romans 12:5). We are also His church, His children and His bride (Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:22, 5:25-27). We look forward to living with Him for eternity (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for supplying all of our needs with Your glorious riches (Philippians 4:19). You hold all things together and we cling to our hope of sharing eternal glory with You (Colossians 1:17, 27). You are beautiful beyond description, the worthy Lamb and our alpha and omega. Our life rises and sets in Your Son.

Thought for the Day:
In Christ, we have everything we ever need to live a fulfilled life, and nothing can ever separate us from His love. – Romans 8:38-39

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Eternal Connection

Prior to Jesus’ death on Calvary’s cross, no one had the privilege of Christ dwelling in them. Only those of us born in this dispensation of time have this blessing of union with Christ (Colossians 1:25-27). This is one of God’s mysteries, because it seems impossible for all of us to have Christ in us at the same time. However, this occurs by God’s Spirit dwelling within every Born Again Believer as one Body (1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 Corinthians 12:27).

We are no longer two separate beings. Jesus dwells in us and we dwell in Him. He functions through us as one entity. We are one spirit with Him (John 17:21). The entire power and majesty of the Godhead dwells in Christ and He dwells in us (Colossians 2:9). Our carnal humanity is replaced with His divinity within us, which manifests through the process of sanctification (Romans 8:9; Galatians 2:20).

Jesus changes our whole life. We fellowship with other Believers and enjoy Jesus in them (1 John 1:7). We feed on His Word. We depend upon His fullness in us (Proverbs 30:5). We tithe of the first fruits of our income to increase the ministry of His Kingdom on the earth (2 Chronicles 31:5). We praise Him with our whole heart, because He inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3). No exercise or ritual can bring us closer to Him than we already are.

As we stop relying our self and others, and trust in God instead, we grow in faith with a new perspective on trials (John 3:30). Now, we experience trials as adventures ending in God’s special miracles, tailored just for us. There is no need to draw any closer to the God of the universe, who is sitting on His throne in Heaven, because this same Christ is eternally connected with each Born Again Believer.

In our union with Christ, we live, move and have our entire being and identity in Christ, who is our whole life (Acts 17:28; Colossians 3:3-4). He is now the central focus of our choices. We are not autonomous any more, which also means that we are no longer afraid, insecure, lonely, unhappy and unfulfilled. We follow God’s plan for our life, and we exemplify His nature to the world around us (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:4).

Prayer:
Father God, remind us that we are no longer the focus of our life. We no longer live to amass worldly goods and prestige for our self. We live only for Your honor and glory. Regardless of our lot in life, we are forever linked with the almighty power of Your Godhead dwelling within us in complete fellowship. We are Your children and Your Spirit leads us moment by moment throughout the day (Romans 8: 14).

Thought for the Day:
We are dwelling in Christ, and He is in perfect union in us.
– John 15:4