Monday, January 20, 2014

Knowing who you are in Christ Jesus.

Study text:  1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.

Discovering, living out and maintaining your identity as a child of the most High God should be your ultimate goal this year (if you are not doing that already). Several Christians wallow in ignorance of who they really are in the sight of God thus, they are being blown away by the uncertainties of this life. If you see yourself the manner God perceives you, your spiritual life and your outlook in life will entirely change. You are God’s best, the apple of His eye and a Masterpiece!

Satan understands your place in the heart of God because He had been there before, that is why he will never give up inattacking your MIND; the one important instrument which he freely uses to get down a child of God. It is essential that you should understand how your mind works and know that it is the power house of all your senses which makes it easy for your reasoning to change as soon as your mind is affected either positively or negatively. That is why the scripture tells us in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,  that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.

God endowed you as a Christian with so much power and authority to function and live victoriously in life. The truth is that you limit yourself when you don’t study the word regularly and also melt away in the face of adversity because you have no confidence in your creator. Some persons compromise their standards for a piece of cake because there is complex in their lives and they do not understand that Christ the King is their God.

Young David understands who he is as a Christian and the awesomeness of the God of Israel when he challenged Goliath the uncircumcised Philistine who was blaspheming the name of GodShedrack, Meshach and Abednego understand their identity as the indomitable of Godwhich is the strong reason behind their refusal to bow to another god outside the living God. Joshua and Caleb knew that surely there are giants on the way but for the fact that they are children of God, victory will be theirs. Daniel ignored the counsel of king Nebuchadnezzar but continued to pray to the Lord of All because he knew that his heavenly father has the final say.What a commendable confidence!

Notably, your mind plays a vital role in this. Whatever you process up there affects your total carriage and discipline. If your mind is weakened with the happenings around you, your inclination and disposition will also be weak but when your mind is fired up with the promises in the word which brings about confidence in God, you will unleash victoriously as a child of God.
Now, the devil attacks your mind by bringing up discouraging thoughts and ill imaginations to you.

Most of the times, whathe presents are equally true, but children of God are living in a higher realm and are not moved by what they see or feel.For instance, you might be facing a financial difficulty and Satan will bring it before you, ridicules your dependence on God and suggests an illegal means to make money. It could be that you are believing God for a life partner and as a child of God, you are not giving in to fornication which tends to be the other of the day and yet you are not married but your mates who does all that are in their husbands houses; Satan will use that to work on your mind so you can be discouraged and start living in immorality in order to marry. Do not fail in your trying times, for your God is well ABLE to see you through it all.

However, the word of God has a blueprint on how to deal with the accuser of brethren in Ephesians 6: 10-18.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers” (verse 12) The devil is more dangerous because you do not see him physically to know the strategy he wants to use against you or how he tends to lure you to sin.

“Therefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day.” (verse 13) The whole armour of God here is the word of God. When devil attacks your mind or make you feel less of yourself, fire him back with the word. The word of God has a great power imbedded in it that millions of devils grouped together cannot even dare it. Also, when you speak out the word of God, faith and confidence is released into your life. And remember, the word of God cannot return to God void without fulfilling that which it has been sent out for.

“….and having the breastplate of righteousness” (verse 14) As you live in righteousness/holiness, you live out the life of Christ and this brings you very close to God sothat all gaps (sin) which might attract the devil are bridged.

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (verse 15). This means evangelism. When you preach to sinners and backslidden Christians, it helps you to keep away from sin and gives you an eternal covering.

“Above all, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (verse 16) Faith is the key word here, you shield yourself from attacks when devil sees that all his subtle strategies arenot getting at you as a result of your faith in Christ and His promises which are ye and Amen.

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit…” (Verse 18) Praying in the spirit which is speaking in tongues fortifies your mortal body and energizes your spirit being. As a child of God, praying always is important as it draws you closer to God and he makes His will and plan for your life to be known through prayer.

Beloved, you are wonderfully and beautifully created, problems are inherent in life; they come and go. Challenges are not designed to swallow you but to align your steps and make you stronger. Today, change you negative notion about yourself and things happening to you. Set out attainable goals for the year and work towards achieving them. Stand up! Your chains are long gone on the cross of Calvary; you have been set free and given a place as an heir in God’s kingdom. Shake off those shackles of doubt and misery and work forever in God’s liberty.

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