Our identity defines who I am. Identity is my position, privileges, and power through Jesus. It is both His death and resurrection that is the basis of our identity in Christ. Salvation has so many privileges and benefits. Change, and transformation will occur! Ephesians 1:1 says that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! We went from darkness to light. Once orphans we re-connected to our heavenly father. We were translated from the kingdom of darkness into God’s kingdom. We went from paupers to princesses and princes.
Often there are periods of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure,
Often there are periods of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society. Read the following from author Joyce Meyer:
Now, I was born-again during those years. I loved Jesus. I believed my sins were forgiven and that I would go to heaven when I died. But I had no victory, no peace, and no joy in my life. I felt condemned all the time. The only time I didn’t hate myself was when I was working toward some personal goal I thought would provide me a sense of self-worth. I was worn-out, burned-out, frustrated, and miserable.
I had made the frustrating, tragic mistake of trying to find the kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy (see Romans 14:17), in things and other people. I didn’t realize the kingdom of God is within us, as the apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 1:27. My joy—and my identity—had to be found in Christ alone.
The Word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV). But I had not yet taken hold of the “new creation reality.” I was living out of my own mind, will and emotions, which were all damaged. Jesus had paid the price for my total deliverance, but I had no idea how to receive His gracious gift. http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=finding_my_identity_in_christ
Carte Blanche to your favorite store
Imagine the owner of your favorite store, gives you carte blanche to his store. There are no limits to your spending. You can go in 24/7. There is no need to wait in lines or even pay for your purchases. Everything in the store is yours. There is one catch. You have to go inside the store take what you want. Instead of going inside, you sit outside the store and wish, dream and desire. You see people coming out carrying packages of treasures, with joyful expressions on their face. Days, and months go by and you are still without.
God the Father is the owner of the store. Through his Son we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing through our Identity in Christ. We can access the throne of grace in time of need. We don’t have to wait in line or pray a certain prayer or wait until we go to church. All of the spiritual blessings have been paid for by Jesus. We just need to take ownership of those blessings. We go into the store and take what we need; peace, acceptance, worth, forgiveness, wisdom, etc. We don’t have to beg, demand, whine, wish or envy those who have.
Paul commands us, among other things, to “be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, ESV). Much like anxiety, un-thankfulness doesn’t build relationship, it erodes relationship. Take a moment to think about attitudes and postures that stem from a pattern of ingratitude and entitlement–envy, strife, coveting, fights, and quarreling. Be intentional with your spouse Un-thankfulness can work itself out in a number Continue reading Marriage with Mari: Foster Thankfulness in Your Marriage→
Many children and parents are still homeschooling their children due to the recent pandemic that has affected us. It can create frustration and anger for both the child and the parent. Here are few simple tips to help you and your child successfully navigate through this season.
For many Christians, the salvation of their unsaved spouse is a priority. Desiring to be equally yoked, going to church together, and sharing a common faith is important. God can use you to minister to your spouse. Watch the video
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One thing I regret is that I didn’t invest more time in teaching my kids about the Lord. We had weekly family devotions but I don’t think that was enough. Our culture is anti-God. We need to equip our children on a consistent basis to solidify their faith and build their strong spiritual foundation. Seven Continue reading Power Parenting: Teach Your Kids About Jesus→
Joyce Meyer– No matter how right your heart may be before the Lord, if you have pride or anger or resentment in your spirit, you cannot open your mouth without expressing those negative traits or emotions. Why is that? Because, as Jesus told us, our mouths speak out of whatever fills our hearts. (see Matt. Continue reading Kindness on Your Lips→
It seems that God is highlighting so many issues to deal with racism, prejudice, and stereotypes. He’s doing it in our country and also globally. It’s a very complicated, problem that there are no simple answers or solutions. I have been doing a lot of soul-searching, and praying and talking to my African-American friend about Continue reading Healing the Heart of Racism→