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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Freedom in Christ Lesson 2 - Who Am I?


 Freedom in Christ Lesson 2 Podcast

Freedom in Christ Lesson 2: Who am I? 

Focus Verse:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Objective: To realize that deep down inside we are now completely new creations in Christ, “holy ones” who are accepted, secure, and significant.  

Focus Truth: Your decision to follow Christ was the defining moment of your life and led to a complete change in who you are now.

Psalm 33:10-11 (NKJV)
10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.

 

Job 42:2 (NKJV)
2 "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

 Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)

21 There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the LORD'S counsel--that will stand.

 What was God’s The Original Design for us?  

John 4:24 (NKJV)
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

John 3:5-6 (NKJV)
5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

This spiritual life, this connection to God, gave Adam three very significant things:

1.    Acceptance

Adam had an intimate relationship with God. He could talk with Him at any time and have His full attention.  

2.    Significance

Adam was given a purpose for being –

Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)
26  Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

3.    Security

He was totally safe and secure in God’s presence. Everything he needed was provided for – food, shelter, companionship – everything!

Here’s the key thing to get hold of. You were created for that kind of life: One that includes:

·       complete acceptance by God and other people, - Christian Community

·       significance – having a real purpose and a designation of value and importance; and

·       absolute security – with no need to worry about a single thing.  

Pause for Thought 1

Questions:

What prompted you to come to the Freedom in Christ Course and what are your hopes for it?

What were the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin? What are the ways it caused their relationship with God to change?

What sort of things in our daily lives promise to make us feel accepted, significant, and secure?

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What Jesus Came to Do

John 10:10 (NKJV)

10 …. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Other verses in John referring to the life Jesus came to bring: John 6:48; 11:25; 14:6.

John 6:48-50 (NKJV)
48  I am the bread of life.
49  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50  This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

John 11:25 (NKJV)
25  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 14:6 (NKJV)
6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

 Eternal life is not just something you get when you die, It’s a whole different quality of life right now (John 5:24). 

John 5:24 (NKJV) 24  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

“If you are not sure that you are that you are a Christian then it’s a matter of choosing to receive God’s free gift and making Him your Lord. Simply thank God that He sent Jesus to die for you when you were in a completely hopeless state and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. There’ll be an opportunity to do this at the end of the session.”

Can you be partly old creation and partly new? No!

Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Can you be both light and darkness? Not according to that verse. 

Many of us have come to think of ourselves as a “sinner saved by grace.”

You certainly were a sinner, and you were saved by grace alone. But here’s an interesting verse.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Past tense. This verse seems to imply that we’re no longer sinners. 

In the New Testament, the word “sinner” appears over 300 times. But it’s clearly a shorthand way of referring to people who are not yet Christians. You never see it applied to a Christian, at least not in terms of who they are now, only in terms of who they used to be. 

There’s another word that is shorthand for believers and you’ll find it over 200 times.  Traditionally in English this word has been translated “saint”, but it really means “holy ones,” Languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French don’t have this problem “– the same word still means both “holy one” and “saint’. 

 “Although in some traditions it is common to use the word “saint” to refer to a Christian role mode whose life on earth is complete, the Bible uses it to refer to Christian believers in local churches”.

Yes, you are holy. Set apart by God. Special. At the moment you became a Christian – even if you can’t pinpoint the exact moment – you became completely new in your inner person. Who you are deep down inside changed from being someone who couldn’t help but displease God to someone who is accepted, significant, and secure in Christ.

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Pause for Thought 2

Questions:

John 10:10 says that Jesus came to bring us life in all its fullness. What do you think that might look like in practice? 

How might knowing that we are “saints” or “holy ones” instead of “sinners” change how we see ourselves?

What are some of the things that could prevent us from fully knowing that we are now new creations in Christ who are completely forgiven?

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 What Happens When I Go Wrong?

 One of the main problems we have with seeing ourselves as saints rather than sinners is: we are painfully aware that we still sin.  

However, that doesn’t mean that we are living in a state of sinless perfection. The Bible is clear:

1 John 1:8 (NKJV)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

We will go wrong from time to time.

Perhaps an accurate way to describe us would be “saints who sometimes sin.” 

When we do wrong, we need simply to go to our loving Father, agree with Him that we were wrong, change our thinking about sin, turn away from it, and know our sin is already forgiven because of Christ’s work on the cross. 

The truth is: nothing you do can make God love you any more – or any less. If you were the only person in the whole world who needed Christ to die, He would have died just for you. That’s how special you are!

I’ve posted the “Who I am in Christ” list on the mt4christ.org blog post for Lesson 2 of The Freedom in Christ Course. Neil Anderson has taken a variety of verses from the Bible that tells us who we really are if we have decided to follow Jesus and has put them in the “I” form.   Let’s read them together.  

Who I am in Christ

I AM ACCEPTED 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 15:15)

          I have been justified (Romans 5:1)

          I am united with the Lord and one with Him in Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)

          I have been bought with a price; I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)

          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 AM SECURE IN CHRIST

I renounce the lie that I am guilty, unprotected, alone, or abandoned. In Christ, I am secure. God says:

          I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1)

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

          I am free from the condemning charges against me (Romans 8:33-34)  

          I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35, 38-39)

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

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

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

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

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

I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)

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

 

I AM SIGNIFICANT IN CHRIST

I renounce the lie that I am worthless, inadequate, helpless, or hopeless. In Christ, I am significant. God says:

          I am the salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)

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

          I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)

          I am a personal Spirit-empowered witness of Christ (Acts 1:8)

          I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)

          I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

          I am fellow worker with God (2 Corinthians 6:1)

          I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (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 gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)

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

 

You may have been sitting here thinking “Does all this apply to me?” If you are a Christian the answer is a definite yes- but if you are not a Christian it doesn’t. If you are not quite sure you are a Christian or know that you are not, it’s very easy for you to make a decision to make Jesus the Lord of your life. You can do that by speaking to Him in your own heart. 

If you want to, you can pray it with me. Let’s pray: Thank You, Jesus, for dying in my place to take away all of my sin. Right now I accept Your free gift of life. I choose to make you Lord of my life so that I can become someone completely new. Thank you that I belong to You and now am Your child.”  

If you prayed that prayer for the first time, go and tell someone. It will make their day. It means that the list of Biblical facts we read now definitely apply to you. 

There was a pastor who loved skiing. One season he was given a brand-new electric pass you don’t even have to take out of your pocket to go through the gate to the ski lift. But sometimes when he tried to get through the gate the screen said, “not valid.”

However, he found that if he jumped around in front of the gate long enough, it would eventually let him through, He finally discovered the problem. In another pocket in his ski jacket, he was carrying the old card from the previous year and the machine sometimes reading the old card rather than the new one. The moment he got rid of the old card, the problem disappeared.

As a believer in Christ you now have a new card, a new identity. Get rid of your old way of thinking because your old identity has gone, and your new identity has come. Begin to recognize who you really are in Christ!

Reflection 

Encourage people to face each other and look at each other as they speak. Ask them to speak slowly, deliberately, and meaningfully. Some will find this a little uncomfortable, but it can be incredibly powerful.      

Get together with one other person and have the first person read the Who I AM in Christ statements to the other changing the I am to You Are:  

Read the List

Now that you have said these statements about yourself, and I have confirmed them personally to you as true. Use this week to reflect on them. I also invite you to look up the Bible verses for each statement and to read and reflect on them. 

Think about which statements impacted you and why. Spend some time praying to God to thank Him for the new person He has made you to be in your inner person. Ask God to give you a deeper understanding of the acceptance, security, and significance that you have received in Christ.   

Let me close in prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, 

Thank you for giving us a new eternal life through our faith in Jesus Christ. I pray that all who attend the class in person or via the podcast come to a better understanding of who they are in Christ in both their minds and in their hearts. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bless them with new revelations and insights and a new passion to experience and live out their freedom in Christ.  In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

 Witness: If you were asked by a neighbor to explain the difference between a Christian and someone who is not yet a Christian, what would you say? Do you think that a Christian is in any way better than a non-Christian? What would you say to someone who asks you, “Why should I become a Christian?”

In the Coming Week: Read the Who I Am in Christ List out loud every day. Then pick one of the truths that is particularly meaningful to you and spend some time reading it in its context and asking God to help you understand it more fully.   

Thank You for your interest! 

We pray that you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior of your life and that you are becoming to know your acceptance, security, and significance in Christ.  


 


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Running with the Devil: Purity 447


Purity 446 06/16/2021   Purity 447 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo of blue skies and a winding wooden pathway comes to us from our friend who is traveling out West. This scene is presumably somewhere in Yellowstone National Park but could be anywhere in between Yellow Stone or Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and destinations unknown in Montana as our friend isn’t staying in one place.        

I share it because it’s Thursday and I use photos of pathways to remind people to join me on the pathway of Christian discipleship by either attending tonight’s discipleship class, or by listening to the classes via the mt4christ247 podcast, or by just deciding to continue, or to begin anew, the journey of walking and talking with God.  

Just like our friend who isn’t staying in one place on their trip out west, we shouldn’t stay in one place in terms of our faith. Life is a journey that moves on regardless of what we do and if we are not progressing in our relationship with God through the way we live, we are not enjoying the abundant life the Christ died to bring us.  

Our life in Christ is a dynamic journey of self-discovery and kingdom purpose as we go to God to transform us and to impact the world around us by finding our purpose for God and by sharing His truth and love with others.

While we look to provide for ourselves and our families and seek to do good works for the glory of God, it doesn’t mean that we stop developing ourselves.   Part of God’s purpose for us is to enjoy the fruit of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, and the good news is that there is always room for each of us to grow in these areas.  

For example, just because I am teaching a class on discipleship doesn’t mean I have stopped learning. And just because I have had victory over certain struggles in my life doesn’t mean that the work is done.   

Today, I begin a food plan that involves monitoring what I eat, developing a healthier and more intentional mindset in terms of what I consume, and that has a community aspect that will provide accountability and support.   

You see, two years ago, I read Sweet Surrender, a Christian book on Food Addiction, and recognized that I had an unhealthy relationship with food.  I had the intention of following the food plan detailed in the book and even announced on FB that I was finally going to overcome my food addiction, but I failed to follow through. 

I have several great excuses why I failed to do so. I mean really great ones like I was getting divorced; I was working on my master’s degree, I was working two jobs, I had to find a place to live, and oh yeah, during all this stuff, there was a global pandemic.  So excuse me for losing my focus about diet and exercise!   - See I told you, great excuses.  

Well all those excuses are gone now, and although I have been good in terms of working out 6 days a week since last November, my efforts were being sabotaged by some insidious evil: me!  By eating mindlessly, I was my own worst enemy.

This isn’t my first rodeo with weight loss, before coming to Christ, in my 30’s I had a season where I got disciplined, started running and was working out twice a day.  I was also taking diet pills to boost my metabolism.  I went from my worst, at over 300 pounds all the way down to my fittest, at 215 pounds. 

I managed to accomplish that feat as a means of overcoming the depression and grief caused from the death of my infant son, Holden in 2002.  Crawling out of the shadows of that depression caused me to be at my worst and it took years to see daylight. 

My weight loss most have been in the 2005-2007 window somewhere as I adopted a view of life that told me there was no God, life was suffering, and happiness all depended upon my efforts. 

My weight loss journey at that time was fueled by self-loathing and a desire to achieve some personal state of bliss where there was no God. There was no reason in it either because as much as I worked out I didn’t change the way I thought about food in my heart and I was drinking, smoking weed, and taking any psychedelic drugs I could get my hands on in some attempt to escape and find a higher state of consciousness. Back then it would be accurate to say I was literally “running with the Devil”.

But in 2010 God called me to faith in Jesus Christ and since then has pulled me completely out of the darkness of depression and addiction and has made me realize that anything is possible with Him. 

But that doesn’t mean, we don’t need help. I tried to do the food thing on my own but I feel I need  “the program” I signed up for to provide a system to follow and the support of others to help me to avoid “going blank” and losing my focus only to discover another bought of binge eating has occurred, a binge that I just opened the door to and felt powerless to stop and justified in doing but that was counter productive to what I really want. 

That’s the spiritual warfare aspect of what we face.  Our flesh or the enemy gives us thoughts and impulses that go against what we want for ourselves.   The enemy tells us that our goals are impossible and usually we agree and just give up.  

But with God personal goals, like good health, are possible.  We just have to believe we are free in Christ, humble ourselves before God, and others, by asking for help, continue to stay connected to God through prayer and His word, and to resist and challenge any thoughts that oppose our goals and God’s will for our lives.         

So don’t stay in one place, God has called us to life, and He wants you to know a life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit, but it may mean that you have to leave the chains and comforts of the past behind to find it.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Luke 2:12 (NKJV)
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."

Today’s verse is a message from an Angel as the context of this verse is the Christmas account of the shepherds of the field being invited to go and see that the Messiah has been born.  If the appearance of the angelic hosts of heaven weren’t enough for the shepherds, the babe lying in the manger would be the evidence that the course of human history was forever changed as God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ.   

We can usually take great comfort and joy when we hear verses like Luke 2:12 in the month of December as we are drawn together in the fellowship of our yearly Christmas celebrations but if we aren’t seeking the Lord continually verses like this may seem to be out of place in the month of June.   

But they shouldn’t, the joy of our salvation should carry us every day of the year. While I understand that we didn’t get to see angels or the Christ child lying in the manger, our life of faith does have “signs” from God that are just for us and prove that He is with us.

One of the things that will keep us in the faith is the continuing signs of God in our lives. As Christians, we should remember the moment that God welcomed us into His kingdom and all the moments where His presence has impacted our lives ever since. 

The gathering of believers at church, the fellowship of the saints, is one place where we can continually see the signs of Christ’s appearing as each person there has been drawn there by God and each one has their own testimony of God’s goodness.    As we walk in faith, we see God in our interactions as He guides our path. 

There is a signpost up ahead and it is telling you that God is with you. 

So keep the faith by keeping your eyes, hearts, and minds open to the things of God. The signs of God’s presence are all around us.  So if you see something, say something because the people around you might not know how good God is and we may be the hand that points them to the sign that leads them right into His kingdom and to life forever more.

 

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

 

Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, continuing Chapter 3.

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support His work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $15.00:

The Fallout from God's Grace

The following list supplements the "Who Am I?" list in chapter 2. These statements further describe your identity in Christ. Read this list aloud to yourself repeatedly until it becomes a part of you. Pray through the list occasionally, asking God to cement these truths in your heart:

Since I am in Christ, by the grace of God . . .

I have been justified—completely forgiven and made righteous (Romans 5:1).

I died with Christ and died to the power of sin's rule over my life (Romans 6:1-6).

I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1).

I have been placed into Christ by God's doing (1 Cor. 1:30).

I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things freely given to me by God (1 Cor. 2:12).

I have been given the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).

I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19, 20).

I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing our inheritance to come (2 Cor. 1:21; Ephes. 1:13, 14).

Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ (2 Cor. 5:14, 15).

I have been made righteous (2 Cor. 5:21).

I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ's life (Galatians 2:20).

I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephes. 1:3).

I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him (Ephes. 1:4).

I was predestined—determined by God—to be adopted as God's son (Ephes. 1:5).

I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace (Ephes. 1:17).

I have been made alive together with Christ (Ephes. 2:5).

I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven (Ephes. 2:6).

I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephes. 2:18).

I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence (Ephes. 3:12).

I have been rescued from the domain of Satan's rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13).

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been canceled (Col. 1:14).

Christ Himself is in me (Col. 1:27).

I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built in Him (Col. 2:7).

I have been made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).

I have been spiritually circumcised (Col. 2:11).

I have been buried, raised and made alive with Christ (Col. 2:12, 13).

I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden with Christ in God. Christ is now my life (Col. 3:1-4).

I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7).

I have been saved and set apart according to God's doing (2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5).

Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother (Hebrews 2:11).

I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I am a partaker of God's divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

Recently, a pastor who was attending one of my conferences on resolving spiritual conflicts pulled me aside after a session. His comments to me reaffirmed my conviction that understanding our spiritual inheritance is the key to resolving our daily conflicts.

"A lady in our church dropped by for counseling this week," he began. "She has been struggling in her relationship with her alcoholic husband. She was at her wit's end, feeling terribly defeated. She came to tell me she was calling it quits on their marriage.

"I pulled out the list of statements you shared with us declaring who we are in Christ. I said, 'Here, read this aloud.' She read about halfway through the list and began to cry. She said, 'I never realized all this was true of me. I feel that maybe there is hope for me after all.'"

Isn't that incredible? The truth about who you are in Christ makes such a big difference in your success at handling the challenges and conflicts of life. It is imperative to your growth and maturity that you believe God's truth about who you are.


Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

 

God bless you all!

 

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

By His Stripes We are Healed? : Purity 437


 Purity 437 06/05/2021 Purity 437 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo come from our mountain hiking friend who is exploring the Catskills as this scene was captured somewhere along the Blackhead Mountain loop on May 24th. Hiking Blackhead Mountain is rated as difficult and there are several options of hiking it with distances ranging from 4.4 to 13.8 miles long.  (https://www.catskillhiker.net/Catskill35/peaks/blackhead.shtml).  So if you feel like following in our friend’s footsteps, you should plan ahead and take the advice of those who have gone before you.  

I for one have not made any expeditionary plans but have a somewhat full schedule of activities this weekend that will give me the opportunity to appreciate some friend’s company and to praise the Lord. Sometimes you don’t have to plan anything. Sometimes you just have to show up and take advantage of the planning of others.  

We made it to the weekend and no matter if you are going to travel, meet up with friends and family, or just stay at home, I pray that you accomplish whatever you hope to do and find some peace and rest even if you don’t.     

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Today’s verse is an Old Testament prophecy that describes the Messiah as a suffering servant, and it is clear to Christians that this verse in Isaiah is describing Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the Cross.

While most. if not all Christians, would agree that this verse describes our being forgiven of our sins and being justified by Christ’s sacrificial suffering and death on the cross, there can be quite a difference of opinion over what the phrase “by His stripes we are healed” can mean. 

Some use this verse as a prayer, or even as a promise, that God can and will grant physical healing from injury or disease.  

Perhaps, surprisingly, I would have to agree with more conservative Christians and say that using this verse as a mantra to receive healing is a misinterpretation of the verse as the context clearly refers to our “transgressions” and “our iniquities” as the things that we had to be “healed” of and the purpose of the Messiah’s suffering was for “The chastisement for our peace”, with God.   We need to be forgiven and “healed” of our sins to be reconciled with God and have peace with Him.  

Now when place our faith in Christ we are healed of sin, meaning we have the power to say no to sin and live a righteous life and in a way we are healed of all diseases because we are given eternal life.   

In terms of asking for physical healing, and as a biblical scholar, I think we shouldn’t necessarily use Isaiah 53:5 as a “healing verse”, although in a general overall “salvation is healing and new life” sense, you could. 

But I think there are plenty of verses in the New Testament where Jesus actually heals physical disease and demonic activity where He states phrases like “your faith has made you well” that are more appropriate for the Christian to use as prayers for healing. 

But I also think God hears us even if we don’t use Bible verses to get our message across. Bible verses aren’t magic words that we use to push God’s hand. Believe me I have tried. 

God is all knowing and loving. He can see the intents of our hearts so while I think that He appreciates it when we attempt to please Him by knowing and using His word in prayer, I think He will do things according to His purposes regardless of whether we follow some Bible verse formula or not.  

Now I am not saying that God doesn’t heal or that we shouldn’t pray for healing. I have prayed over myself for healing when feeling in pain or when feeling I was becoming ill, and I believe I received healing as the symptoms were stopped in their tracks. 

However, I have also prayed for healing over things and have not received healing and had to take medication or have procedures done to be cured.  

But as a Christian, I pray for healing first.  If I don’t receive healing, then I go to the doctor. And after I go to the doctor, I pray for the treatments to work.  

Even in the New Testament times, Apostles could heal people miraculously but would also get sick themselves, as Paul had some sort of eye ailments and a “thorn in the flesh”, Timothy had stomach issues, and Epaphroditus got sick and almost died.

So even back when Apostles were working miracles, God allowed illness and disease for His purposes.  But just as back then the Apostles remained faithful even to death, so must we remain faithful today.  

So keep walking and talking with God. Pray for healing because God may grant it but even if it doesn’t come we can take comfort in knowing that He will give us strength and He will one day completely redeem us with glorified bodies which will transcend death itself.     

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

 

Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, concluding Chapter 1, with the section on “Who I Am in Christ”. 

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support His work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $15.00:

 

Who I Am in Christ

I Am Accepted

John 1:12

I am God's child.

John 15:15

I am Christ's friend.

Romans 5:1

I have been justified.

1 Cor. 6:17

I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him.

1 Cor. 6:20

I have been bought with a price. I belong to God.

1 Cor. 12:27

I am a member of Christ's Body.

Ephes. 1:1

I am a saint.

Ephes. 1:5

I have been adopted as God's child.

Ephes. 2:18

I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.

Col. 1:14

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Col. 2:10

I am complete in Christ.

I Am Secure

Romans 8:1-2

I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28

I am assured that all things work together for good.

Romans 8:31-34

I am free from any condemning charges against me.

Romans 8:35-39

I cannot be separated from the love of God.

2 Cor. 1:21-22

I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.

Phil. 1:6

I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected.

Phil. 3:20

I am a citizen of heaven.

Col. 3:3

I am hidden with Christ in God.

2 Tim. 1:7

I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

Hebrews 4:16

I can find grace and mercy in time of need.

1 John 5:18

I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I Am Significant

Matthew 5:13-14

I am the salt and light of the earth.

John 15:1, 5

I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life.

John 15:16

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Acts 1:8

I am a personal witness of Christ.

1 Cor. 3:16

I am God's temple.

2 Cor. 5:17-21

I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

2 Cor. 6:1

I am God's coworker (see 1 Cor. 3:9).

Ephes. 2:6

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephes. 2:10

I am God's workmanship.

Ephes. 3:12

I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Phil. 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 


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