If you’re just now catching up with what I’m writing about, go ahead and read my previous post – A Letter to the Young Christian pt. 1. For those of you who have already read it, thank you very much for your feedback and I’m glad it was a blessing to you.
Last time I left you with a scripture that encouraged me to get back on track with the Lord….Romans 12:2….”And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”. This relates to what I said about doing the word. You can’t do the word until you are aware of your identity in Christ. You can’t tell who you really are by that piece of plastic that has your drivers license number or student ID number. You can’t tell by your birth certificate, your Social Security card, your mirror, or your job title (no matter how prestigious that title is). You can only tell who you are by the word of God. Unfortunately, many young Christians look for their identity in everything else but the Bible.
This is where doing the word can become a problem, but 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP) gives us insight on how to see ourselves by the word…”And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” Did you see that? The word is compared to a mirror; the mirror for our spirit. The more we look, the more we are changed into the image that God has of us. Notice that it says that we are constantly changed “from one degree of glory to another”. This lets us know that we must constantly look into God’s mirror in order to reap the benefits of that ever increasing glory. This is why in James 1:23-24 the mirror analogy is used when it comes to doing the word…”For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was”. This is an identity crisis that prevents many Christians from being effective in many aspects of their lives.
So you know that the word is your mirror, but what does the word say about you? The first thing to understand is that you are a citizen of God’s Kingdom. The Bible says we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), so we must be conscious of this and act accordingly. Many people foolishly pride themselves in being from a certain part of the world. “I’m from the Bay!”, “I’m from L.A.!” and the list goes on and on. I want you to think about this….Does being from a certain part of the world make you more blessed than anyone else? Does it make you a better Christian than anyone else? If you are a part of His Kingdom and doing His word then that’s what matters more than anything else. Jesus even said “…ye are not of the world…” (John 15:19) so your physical location is of little importance to God. That being said, let’s look at how the word describes you.
Many people trap themselves into thinking that there are certain things about them that will never change. “This is just who I am”, “I was born this way”, “It runs in the family”, etc. NONSENSE! You are born of God which means that there are qualities about you that are automatically part of your spirit. Galatians 5:22 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith(fulness), meekness, temperance…”. Can you see now why you don’t have to ask God for such things in prayer? Its already a part of who you are! Now if you need to improve in any of these areas that’s something entirely different. We can all do better in one area or another, but don’t trick yourself into believing that you don’t have the capacity to manifest theses characteristics. It’s who you are.
Another thing that many Christians lack is an understanding of the power that they have in Christ. Many people just let things happen and go through life with the “God’s will” mentality….”If it’s God’s will, then I’ll get that job”, “If it’s God’s will, I’ll get that car”, “If it’s God’s will, I’ll be healed of this disease”. Yes, God does have a will for your life but don’t confuse that with the belief that every outcome in your life is His responsibility. Jesus said “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you” (John 15:16). There are two things I want you to notice here. The first thing is the word “ordained”. To ordain means to invest officially with ministerial or priestly authority, so there’s no reason for any Christian to struggle for a situation to change or sit around waiting and hoping that the thing they so desire is in God’s will. Exercise your authority by speaking God’s word! Job 22:28 says “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee…”.The next thing to notice is who has given you that authority…IT WAS JESUS! When He gave us the privilege of using His name, we were given a DIRECT connection to God in prayer. Asking in the name of Jesus is just a good as Jesus asking God Himself! If you’re having trouble with being confident in your prayers, remember John 15:16. Not only have you been given authority, but it has been given to you by the one who is “…Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:21). Now that’s a whole lot of power!! Hallelujah!
Speaking of power, I have noticed that too many people have not accepted that they have power over sin. Romans 6:14 says “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Its too often that Christians mention that they are in a spiritual battle…fighting for weeks, months, and even years to overcome their sinful tendencies. Being stuck in this mindset for too long leads to a paralyzing guilt that prevents one from even thinking about stepping foot inside a church, opening a Bible, or kneeling down to pray. I know because I was once in such a position. Romans 8:37 says “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us”. As many times as I have heard this in the past, I didn’t truly know what it meant. To be more than a conqueror means that you are not struggling to win a battle. You have already won! You were placed in a position of victory the moment you accepted Christ into your life. So remember that you do more than just conqueror sin, you posses a righteous life free of struggle!
Wow…what a life! Not only do you have power over circumstances and sin, but you have power over sickness as well! I can’t even tell you how many times I hear God’s children complaining about being sick. At the first sign of sickness they take a trip to the drug store or start looking for a doctor. These are the types of reactions that make people’s faith weak and often stem from lack of knowledge about what God says concerning their health. As a citizen of Zion, refuse to be sick conscious! Isaiah 33:24 says “And the inhabitant shall not say I am sick…”. What do you think Jesus suffered for? “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaish 53:5). What’s even more amazing is that even if you do become ill, you were given the Holy Spirit who brings healing that no doctor on the face of this earth can fathom. You can be assured of this in Romans 8:11where it says “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”. Continuously speak God’s word over your body and BELIEVE in what He has said concerning your health.
This life in Christ is loaded with benefits! Its a beautiful thing isn’t it? But wait, THERE’S MORE! Did you know that you are an incredibly blessed heir as well? So many people in the world hope and wish that a great big blessing will just fall into their lap. Well, guess what? If you’re born again, it already has! But unfortunately because many Christians function by their physical senses instead of from their spirit, it can be very easy to overlook how God has blessed them. Christians who are unaware of who they are always complain, confess, or joke about a lack of money or other material needs. I used to be absolutely clueless about the blessings that belonged to me until I heard my Pastor read this…”And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). And this one was the icing on the cake…“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). I had never seen or heard that before in my life. It says “ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS”. Think about that for a second; If physical things came from the realm of the spirit and I’ve been blessed with all spiritual blessings, then that means I have access to both spiritual and physical blessings….all of them!
Once I knew these things, doing the word became much easier. I’m no longer struggling to just obey a bunch of rules from a book anymore. Day by day I’m learning about who I am in Christ and making the necesarry adjustments to live accordingly. Many Christians struggle to be who they already are, but once that identity crisis is resolved, it’s smooth sailing from there. You’ll find that the things that once hindered you aren’t even a part of your consciousness anymore…you’ll have moved on to a new level. I pray that this has blessed you in a mighty way and if it has, please don’t be quiet about it! Until next time…
Fatih, hope, and love