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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Live and Let Die – The Cost of Compromise – Purity 715


Live and Let Die – The Cost of Compromise  – Purity 715

Purity 715 04/26/2022 Purity 715 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of sunset over the Florida Everglades comes to us from a friend who is traveling in the sunshine state and sharing some of their “views” on social media.  Don’t worry our friend’s sharing isn’t likely to cause offense as the views they are sharing are visual rather than religious or political.  

I, as someone who has come to understand the great a importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ don’t have that luxury.  While I share magnificent views of God’s creation to encourage people to consider something bigger than themselves and to ponder the meaning of our lives, I do so to lead people to seek God and to find Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

I more than anyone else know the truth that you can bring a “horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” but I also know that God can use anyone and anything to start the process to bring people to be reconciled to Him.  In my experience, my long and winding road of searching for meaning after the loss of my infant son eventual lead to a moment of clarity as the Lord used a gospel radio message to open my eyes and to bring me to Him.  

In all those years of being lost, I was looking. I was looking for love in all the wrong places as the song goes, but I was looking.  And even on that faithful day when I made Christ my Lord and Savior, my willingness to listen, my curiosity, was all the faith that the Lord needed to work with. So it is my deep hope, not to offend, and that my encouragements to “seek the Lord” or “keep walking and talking with God” will lead others to find their salvation, and their freedom in Christ. 

The problem with the concept of freedom is that we really are deceived in terms of what we think freedom is.   My idea of freedom before being set free by Jesus was very simple.  Freedom for me, and undoubtedly for many others, was the simple idea that I could “do whatever I want” or to “do whatever I choose.”

Unfortunately, without God in our lives, the things that man tend to “want” are selfish, short sighted, and lead to the opposite of freedom: bondage.   

The simplest example of “freedom” that is bondage are addictions.  We are “free” to do whatever we want, right?, but somehow if we keep exercising our freedom to do the same things over and over again we seem less free to say no to those impulses and cravings to “feed the beast” be it alcohol, drugs, shopping, eating, relationships, sex, gathering possessions, or earning recognition in the eyes of others.  

Freedom turned to bondage usually reveals itself when our “wants to” turns into “have to” or “needs to”,  as in “I have to do this!” Or “I need this!”      

In America, we are bid believers in the pursuit of happiness and the freedom to choose and as we have developed as a society in this current post-Christian era, there seems to be only one standard of restraint of our ‘freedoms’, which is “as long as it doesn’t harm others.” But even that has slipped, as I have heard the implication of “unless the other person is okay with it” showing us that it’s okay to victimize someone as long as they are complicit with it.  The battered wife or husband isn’t battered if they are “into it.”

It's a dark, dark world out there and it hasn’ gotten so dark that I have seen the light so to speak.  I like many other Americans, believe in freedom. I believe that people are free to do whatever they want, because in reality they are: they have free will.  Whether it’s healthy or harmful, legal or illegal, wise or foolish, people are going to do what they are going to do.   

Because of this fact of life, I used to hold the view that if it didn’t hurt anyone, who was I to tell anyone what they were doing was wrong.  I could disagree with what they did but I had problems and issue of my own and I wouldn’t want anyone to try to tell me to change my behavior so I took on the philosophy of “live and let live” and wouldn’t say a negative word about anyone’s lifestyle choices because I knew I didn’t want anyone telling me that my lifestyle choices were wrong, even if they were causing me to suffer.  

I think our society has had “the live and let live” motto for years and years and somehow we are surprised that things seem to be getting worse and worse.  The world seems to increasingly abandoned their standards for morality that would align with the wisdom of God’s word as we have all been doing what seems ‘right in our own sight.” 

I once thought that “the world could do what it wants, that’s freedom” and somehow my family and I would be wise and unaffected by the foolishness out there.  I hadn’t always been the best at making wise choice but I tried to instill in my children the basic tenants of right and wrong and when I became a Christian I brought them to church with me every week.  At several times through the years, I was encouraged from things that my children said to me that indicated that they had made Christ their savior and although they weren’t perfect they somehow learned from the mistakes of their father as they are living drug and alcohol free.  

But although I thought I was clear about our faith and what was right and wrong, I also taught them to accept others for who they are and I taught them that we are all free to choose our path in life.   

I know you can bring a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. So instead of demanding mandatory church attendance, after my kids were old enough to have cars and drive, I allowed them to choose how often they attended church. And it may be no surprise to you that, they stopped going.  

I knew from my life’s journey that you can’t “make someone believe” so I decided to give them liberty in their walk of faith.   But the world, the flesh, and devil have other options out there.  And whether it was laziness or cold hearts of apathy or hot hearts of rebellion, the kids exercised their freedom of choice that a lot of people choose to “do nothing”.  

I let my kids decide that for themselves and figured as long as they weren’t doing drugs and alcohol and keeping their sex lives a mystery to me everything was “good”. “Good but not great” right?   

But now I think differently.  As the John Piper’s book that I am sharing on the blog currently is tells us – a life without Christ is a wasted life. A life that is not lived according to the Lord’s wisdom and for His purposes is a life of bondage, not freedom and it’s not “good”.   

So as much as I have previously let “bygones be bygones” and to “live and let live”, I realize the errors of my ways and that as Christians we need to let people know what the word of God indicates about the choices they are making with their lives. 

What’s wrong is wrong, no matter how free you are to choose and do it.  

A life without peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ is a life that is lost and that is headed for destruction.   Our supposed freedoms will lead to consequences of suffering. 

Sportsbook gambling – which is advertised all over the place has the potential to lead to financial instability, people losing their homes, and families being broken in the aftermath. 

The legalization of drugs and the development of less bitter alcoholic options – leads to the bondage of addiction, loss of income, physical, emotional and mental suffering.  Ask me how I know.  

The legitimization of loose sexual ethics, both hetero and other, lead to loss intimacy, shame, the erosion of the family, divorce, bondage to sex addiction, and gender role confusion.     

The proliferation of “food culture” – with its instance on prescribing “comfort” – leads to obesity, health problems, and death. 

Everyone seeking their own happiness with their own personal recipe of all of the above leads to a society of self-interest that results is division and strife where fear and hatred  increases and no one has peace.   Without the Lord all these paths, no matter how “right they seem in our own eyes” or how they “work for us”, will lead to death and separation from God’s kingdom in eternity.

None of the things of this world can give lasting peace. No matter how free we are to pursue them and indulge our desires, the things of this world, because of their impermanent and imperfect attributes, will fail to satisfy.  True peace can only come from God and when we let people “live and let die” we are being complicit in their destruction.   

While we can’t save anyone, we need to warn people that while they are free to choose whatever they like, they are not free from the consequence of their choices. 

If they choose to ignore the fact that their “freedom” is bondage and is slowly killing their bodies, and destroying their minds and souls, they will die. 

If they choose to ignore the implications of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, they choose to reject the life that He came to give them and they will perish.  

So be kind, be loving, and don’t be a jerk.  But let’s not be silent in our concerns for our fellow man and let’s try to be clear to point out the consequences that their “freedom and moral compromises will bring. Let’s point to what God’s word says about sexual immorality, drunkenness, gluttony, and worshipping things other than the One True God, that reveals Himself in the holy scriptures contained in the Bible and that came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. 

While we can’t make the horse drink, we can try to show them the life giving properties of the living waters that Jesus Christ has to offer by showing our care, concern, and love for them by saying the difficult things, by telling people that their freedom isn’t freedom, it’s sin. And while they are free to sin, they are also free to suffer from their choice to sin. 

The Lord told us to love our neighbors as ourselves and that may require us to have difficult conversations that may cause others to revile us.  Jesus said that the world would hate us.  Have you ever wondered why?   In Christ, we are the light of the world and Jesus told us in

John 3:19 (NKJV)
19  And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

So men may hate us for telling them that the darkness they love is evil but Christ so loved the world that He died to save them from their darkness and He called us to share good news even if the world doesn’t want to hear it.  

So keep walking and talking with God. Listen to His voice and if the Holy Spirit moves you to speak to help bring someone out of their darkness and to invite them into the light, say what needs to be said. Make it clear that your words come from care and concern and are based on the word of God and the peace and joy that you received when you entered into His Kingdom through Christ the Lord.  

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Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 Corinthians 2:12 (NLT2)
12  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

Today’s Bible verse reminds us we have received the Holy Spirit to know all the wonderful things that God  has freely given us. 

Life and Life more abundantly is what Christ wanted us to have.  Spiritual life. Eternal Life. A life set free from sin and death re all given to us when we put our faith in Jesus.  

The Holy Spirit confirms this by revealing these truths when we read God’s word and when we choose to live our lives in obedience to the Lord’s will.  The realization of who we are in Christ and the wonderful promises draws us close to God, wiping away our fears and giving us the assurance of our salvation and the Lord’s love for us.  

So seek to know what you have received and what has been promised to you and live in the hope that you can know more of these promises in your life here and now and will one day inherit the rest when you see the Lord face to face,.

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue sharing from John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life”.  

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase John Pipers’ books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $5.00.

 

Dying, Living, and Boasting in the Cross

Now let’s take all that over to Galatians 6:14, and we will see how we come to live totally for the glory of Christ crucified. “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” That is, don’t boast in anything except in the cross. How shall we become so radically cross-exalting? How can we become the kind of people who trace all our joy back to joy in Christ and him crucified? Answer: The old self that loves to boast and exult and rejoice in other things died. By faith we are united to Christ. His death becomes the death of our self-exalting life. We are raised with him to newness of life. What lives is a new creature whose single passion is to exalt Christ and his cross.

To put it another way, when you put your trust in Christ, your bondage to the world and its overpowering lure is broken. You are a corpse to the world, and the world is a corpse to you. Or to put it positively, according to verse 15, you are a “new creation.” The old “you” is dead. A new “you” is alive. And the new you is the you of faith. And what faith does is boast not in the world, but in Christ, especially Christ crucified.

This is how you become so cross-centered that you say with Paul, “I will not boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The world is no longer our treasure. It’s not the source of our life or our satisfaction or our joy. Christ is.

Shall We Prize What He Presents or What It Portrays of Him?

But what about safety in the car accident? What about the insurance payment we received? Didn’t I say I was happy about that? Isn’t that worldly? So am I really dead to the world? Dead to insurance payments and new cars?

I pray that I am dead in the right way. I believe that I am. Not perfectly, I am sure, but in a real sense. How can this be? If I feel glad about safety or health or any good thing, and if these things are things of the world (which they are), then am I dead to the world? Yes, because being dead to the world does not mean having no feelings about the world (see 1 John 2:15; 1 Timothy 4:3). It means that every legitimate pleasure in the world becomes a blood-bought evidence of Christ’s love, and an occasion of boasting in the cross. We are dead to insurance payments when the money is not what satisfies, but Christ crucified, the Giver, satisfies.

C. S. Lewis illustrates what I mean by an experience he had in a toolshed.

I was standing today in the dark toolshed. The sun was shining outside and through the crack at the top of the door there came a sunbeam. From where I stood that beam of light, with the specks of dust floating in it, was the most striking thing in the place. Everything else was almost pitch-black. I was seeing the beam, not seeing things by it.

Then I moved, so that the beam fell on my eyes. Instantly the whole previous picture vanished. I saw no toolshed, and (above all) no beam. Instead I saw, framed in the irregular cranny at the top of the door, green leaves moving on the branches of a tree outside and beyond that, ninety-odd million miles away, the sun. Looking along the beam, and looking at the beam are very different experiences.

The sunbeams of blessing in our lives are bright in and of themselves. They also give light to the ground where we walk. But there is a higher purpose for these blessings. God means for us to do more than stand outside them and admire them for what they are. Even more, he means for us to walk into them and see the sun from which they come. If the beams are beautiful, the sun is even more beautiful. God’s aim is not that we merely admire his gifts, but, even more, his glory.

We Die to the Innocent World in the Blaze of Christ’s Glory

Now the point is that the glory of Christ, manifest especially in his death and resurrection, is the glory above and behind every blessing we enjoy. He purchased everything that is good for us. His glory is where the quest of our affections must end. Everything else is a pointer—a parable of this beauty. When our hearts run back up along the beam of blessing to the source in the blazing glory of the cross, then the worldliness of the blessing is dead, and Christ crucified is everything.

The Only God-Glorifying Life

This is no different than the goal of magnifying the glory of God that we saw in Chapter 2. Christ is the glory of God. His blood-soaked cross is the blazing center of that glory. By it he bought for us every blessing—temporal and eternal. And we don’t deserve any. He bought them all. Because of Christ’s cross, God’s elect are destined to be sons of God. Because of his cross, the wrath of God is taken away. Because of his cross all guilt is removed, and sins are forgiven, and perfect righteousness is imputed to us, and the love of God is poured out in our hearts by the Spirit, and we are being conformed to the image of Christ.

Therefore every enjoyment in this life and the next that is not idolatry is a tribute to the infinite value of the cross of Christ—the burning center of the glory of God. And thus a cross-centered, cross-exalting, cross-saturated life is a God-glorifying life—the only God-glorifying life. All others are wasted.[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship



[1] John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003), 56–59.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Sinner – Saint Paradox - I Can’t Dance…Do You Love Me? – Purity 654


Sinner – Saint Paradox  - I Can’t Dance…Do You Love Me? –  Purity 654

Purity 654 02/14/2022  Purity 654 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a glimmering sunrise at Hillsboro Beach, Florida comes to us from my personal photo archives and was taken 10 days after Valentine’s Day in 2015.   A lot has changed in my life since that time and I share it today because I find myself in a very reflective mood as I had a pretty eventful weekend and luckily decided last week to take today off from work.  

Last Monday I decided to take off today because I realized that it was not only going to be “Super Bowl Monday” but it was also going to be the first Valentine’s Day that my wife TammyLyn and I would celebrate as a couple!  

In case you are wondering, enjoying Valentine’s Day in my wife’s company and the love we share is the focus today.  While I did stay up to see the game last night and 10pm is late for me, Super Bowl Monday will not be the recuperative holiday for me as it was in the past. 

I don’t drink anymore so it will not be a day of hangovers, or continued day drinking, as it had been in my past when I was in bondage to my many addictions.  But I have to admit that the end of the NFL football season is still somewhat of an event and a milestone each year for me as I see it as somewhat of a seasonal marker for our nearing “mid-winter”, as President’s Day is next week and after that our hopes for spring arriving are not so distant, or unrealistic, anymore!   As we go through what can be challenging winters in upstate NY, every milestone we can reach that brings us closer to the season of green is to be considered a victory and should be celebrated!

But today, beyond seasonal milestones, I am thanking God in heaven above for the gift of His love that has not only empowered me to leave the darkness of my past behind but for staying with me and guiding me to help me to find the love of my life here on earth in my wife, TammyLyn!

My wife and I were brought together through our seeking to serve and know God more and I know that God brought TammyLyn into my life as a partner for life and as an expression of His love for both of us.  Valentine’s Day is the holiday where we remember the love in our life and I am filled with joy at the prospect of just spending the day with TammyLyn in each other’s presence. 

And of course if we are to celebrate love today, we have to remember that God is love and how He showed His love for all of us in Jesus Christ.  

1 John 4:7-11 (NKJV)
7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9  In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Yeah, God showed His love for us all by sending Jesus to pay for our sins and by giving eternal life to those who put their faith in Him.  And Jesus’s simple commandments tell us that we are to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.  

God wants us to have a love relationship with Him and share the love He pours into us with the people in our lives.    

The problem with this possible “love connection” with God, isn’t God. It’s us.  Like Peter in Luke 5, when he got the idea that Jesus was the Messiah, we think we are not worthy because we are sinful men and when we think about the holiness of God we wonder if there is any way that God could possibly love us.  

My mind goes to strange places sometimes and this morning I thought about that Contour’s R&B Hit “Do you love me..(Now that I can Dance).  

When we think of God, we think we have to earn His love by being good or holy. We wrongly get the idea that our performance will be the only thing that will make us right with Him and that we have to make Him love us. 

But the thing is that we don’t have to “really move”, or “really groove”, we don’t have to “mash potatoes” (whatever that is), or “do the twist” to make God love us. 

Our confusion about the whole “sinner/saint paradox” can drive us away from God when we think we have to earn His love. But God is love, He loves sinners like you and me, and wants us to know His love and the new eternal life He offers us in Christ.   

And I know, you may be saying did: “M.T. Clark, a vocal advocate for knowing that we are saints and for experiencing our freedom in Christ just call himself, and me, a sinner?  

Yes, we are saints who sin.  We sinned before Christ and because we are not perfect like Christ, we will sin after we make Him our Lord and Savior, after He gives us a new and everlasting spiritual life and our new identity as saints.   

This saint/sinner paradox reminds me of the scene in the film, “Chinatown” where Jack Nicholson slaps Faye Dunaway repeatedly demanding the truth until she shamefully has to admit that due to an incestuous encounter with her father, “her sister” was in fact “her daughter”!, proving that two seemingly contradictory things can be simultaneously true. 

And that’s what a paradox is – a situation like our Christian identity where we are truly born again adopted children of God,  saints, who unfortunately will sin by either the things we do or the things we fail to do.  Unfortunately this paradox can really confuse us.

Our guilt, shame, and the devil is there to slap us around with his temptations, accusations, and condemnations that tell us we are a sinner and God can’t love us.  

But Christ is there to tell us, like the woman caught in adultery, that we are truly are forgiven, we are not condemned, we are new creations, and He encourages us to experience the peace and joy of being a saint by “sinning no more”.  

This sinner/saint paradox can drive us absolutely batty and may make us want to smack ourselves!

But we don’t have to slap ourselves or dance to earn God’s love, and as James 1 indicates, we shouldn’t doubt the love of God, and the forgiveness and sainthood we receive when we put our faith in Jesus, because if we do doubt we will tend to be double minded and be unstable in all our ways.   

Christ wants us to know the love of God and to give us rest.      

In 2015 when I took today’s photo, I was a Christian but man did I have a lot of the sinful habits in my life that made me feel unworthy. But even though I was living in sinful patterns; I knew that God’s word was true and told me that I was forgiven and was a new creation.   Because of my continual failures and dark ways, I rejoiced over my salvation because I knew I “couldn’t dance” and earn my place in God’s kingdom.      

But I didn’t need to dance. I just needed to abide in Christ to know His presence and love and to walk with Him.   So I walked.  I rejoiced that I was “just a sinner saved by grace” all through the wild days of my mad existence as a double minded unstable carnal Christian.  

At the time I took today’s photo, I had been living this tumultuous life of a Christian living in the condemnation of a life of the flesh for about 5 years. But I kept walking and talking with God and about a month after I took this photo,  I walked into a Christian recovery program and put down the booze and the condemnation that came with it for good.  

God gives us His love and encourages us to walk toward Him. Our relationship with Him isn’t based on our performance, but God does encourage us to walk like His Son Jesus Christ walked, because He knows of the peace, love, and joy that we can experience when we walk in the Spirit.  

I used to identify myself as a sinner saved by grace (and I am one) but when I did that, I made the mistake of identifying with my sin more than with the new creation that God made me to be, a saint, when I put my faith in Christ.  

And when I realized that my identity as a saint, who admittedly sins, was not just a theological concept but was a spiritual and existential reality that I could live in, I decided to believe it and live it out.   

And I can tell you that, when I started identifying myself with who I am in Christ, the chains of “the sinner” were loosened and I was able to break free and walk away from them.  

I am still far from being perfect, but I am experiencing a victorious life of freedom from many of my past sins and habits because I have drawn closer to the One who is perfect and identify with God more than the things that would separate me from Him.

So as we celebrate the love we have today on Valentine’s Day, remember that God is love and that His love for you and the gift of salvation and a new life in Christ are free.  He loves you just the way you are, but He would encourage you to stop slapping yourself around and instead agree to embrace the new life He has for you.   

The greatest love of all can be happening to you.  When you accept God’s love, you can learn to love yourself and then take the love God has given you to love the other people in your life.


Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 38:9 (NLT2)
9  You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.

Today’s Bible verses tells us that God knows what we long for and that He hears us as we lament and walk through life.     

Part of the problem we can have with our experiencing the love of God is that we may have idea that God is somehow distant or uncaring.

But the truth is that God is all knowing and that He is love.  God’s love is demonstrated through the advent of Christ on the earth to reconcile us to Him.  

As our Creator, God made us. He knows us inside and out!  His omniscience is testified about in His word and today’s verse indicates that He knows the desire of our hearts!  

He knows us! He loves us! And as today’s verse tells us He even hears our every sigh!

So as today is Valentine’s and the enemy may seek to torment those of us who don’t have a perfect romantic love relationship in our lives, let me remind you and encourage you that God’s love is the greatest love of all and that you can receive comfort from it always and have the assurance that, no matter what, God will never leave you or forsake you.  

God’s love has carried me through the toughest trials of my life, and I know that in the darkest days of my soul that He heard my every sigh, wiped away every one of my tears, and gave me hope.

So whether you are actively enjoying the benefits of loving relationships in your life or not, remember that God loves for you is real and powerful and when you abide in it you can feel it and the peace and joy of having Him forever in your life.    


As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we conclude sharing from Chapter 8.   

 As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.


Paul prays in Ephesians 1:18, “I pray the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Jesus has met your needs for acceptance, security, and significance. Read the following list aloud, morning and evening, for the next few weeks. Think about what you are reading and let the truth of who you are in Christ renew your mind. This is your inheritance in Christ.

IN CHRIST

I renounce the lie that I am rejected, unloved, or shameful.

In Christ I am accepted.

God says:

·       I am God’s child. (John 1:12)

·       I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:5)

·       I have been justified. (Romans 5:1)

·       I am united with the Lord and I am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)

·       I have been bought with a price: I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)

·       I am a member of Christ’s body. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

·       I am a saint, a holy one. (Ephesians 1:1)

·       I have been adopted as God’s child. (Ephesians 1:5)

·       I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18)

·       I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. (Colossians 1:14)

·       I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)

·       I renounce the lie that I am guilty, unprotected, alone, or abandoned.

In Christ I am secure.

God says:

·       I am free from condemnation. (Romans 8:1, 2)

·       I am assured that all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)

·       I am free from any condemning charges against me. (Romans 8:31-34)

·       I cannot be separated from the love of God. (Romans 8:35-39)

·       I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22)

·       I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected. (Philippians 1:6)

·       I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)

·       I am hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

·       I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

·       I can find grace and mercy to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

·       I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18)

I renounce the lie that I am worthless, inadequate, helpless, or hopeless.

In Christ I am significant.

God says:

·       I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13, 14)

·       I am a branch of the true vine, Jesus, a channel of His life. (John 15:1,5)

·       I have been chosen and appointed by God to bear fruit. (John 15:16)

·       I am a personal, Spirit-empowered witness of Christ’s. (Acts 1:8)

·       I am a temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16)

·       I am a minister of reconciliation for God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

·       I am God’s coworker. (2 Corinthians 6:1)

·       I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm. (Ephesians 2:6)

·       I am God’s workmanship, created for good works. (Ephesians 2:10)

·       I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)

·       I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)

I am not the great “I Am,” but by the grace of God I am what I am.

(See Exodus 3:14; John 8:24, 28, 58; 1 Corinthians 15:10.)

CHAPTER EIGHT:

OVERCOMING ANCESTRAL SINS

148. Luke 6:40

149. Exodus 20:4-6157


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