Christ in Me: My Identity

Christ in Me

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! …we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:1-20

Where does your goodness come from? I know I have no goodness apart from God. I know full well that my own “goodness” could never save me and something outside myself was needed to pave the way to heaven for me. I know Jesus’ finished work on the cross accomplished that. His grace is enough. Without Him, I am nothing. I am an empty shell of a person.

“Without Jesus, you would be you” someone once told me.

Without Jesus, I don’t know who I would be. I would probably identify myself by my job, my status, my relationships or “things” that could never satisfy me. My identity would be attached to something that could be here today and gone tomorrow. It would be formed on the values of everyone and everything around me.

Consequently, my identity would be unstable, confused and forever changing. Jesus, on the other hand, is unchanging.

He loves us today. He loves us tomorrow. He loves us forever, no matter what. He is with us. He does not leave or forsake us. Knowing our identity in Jesus gives us hope and confidence in His ability, strength, goodness and faithfulness. We know He has already worked out everything for the good of those who love Him and His desire is to prosper and bless us should we give Him room to do so.

It’s such a relief to know mere man does not control our destiny or life. Not your boss, not your spouse, not your friend, no one. Submit onto God and He will open doors no man can shut. What God has for you is for YOU and no one can take it away.

Knowing who we are in Christ is security. Christ is a safe haven, a refuge, a strong fortress from the troubles of this world because He overcame the world.

Not convinced? Pick up your Bible and start building a relationship with the one true living King and find your identity in Him alone.

Posted in Seeking God, Trusting God

Answering the Call

No one can come to the Father unless the son calls them first (John 6:44).

This calling can be a gentle nudge in your spirit drawing you to God. But it’s up to you to answer that call; to fully accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and to make the decision that you no longer live for yourself, to please others or to look like world but to live to glorify God.

It means you commit every aspect of your life to glorify Him. If going to a club doesn’t glorify Him, you don’t go. If listening to certain music doesn’t glorify Him, you stop listening to it. There’s going to be changes in your life that will change your life…for the better. Listening to and living the Word of God naturally means your life will be transformed and changed by it.

These changes won’t always make sense but that’s what faith looks like. It means making changes and being obedient even when things don’t make sense. Faith tends to end when we start trying to rationalize things. There is no longer any faith when we start rationalizing rather rationalizing is the human way of getting out of a divine request.

These changes are gradual and God is patient to work through our struggles with us. God often speaks to us quietly and nudges us for change gently. He doesn’t do it all at once and never overwhelms us. His gentleness gives us the opportunity to respond in love and faithfulness to Him. It remains a choice. We are never forced or under compulsion to do His will. But if we truly revere and love Him, then obedience will grow and develop if we keep seeking Him and asking for His help.

PRAYER

Dear God,
I can do nothing without you and I need you. I fail you more then I want to say but I know your grace is enough for me. Empty me of myself and fill me up with you. I want to grow further into the image of Jesus and grow distant from who I was yesterday. Work with me to make me the best version of myself so I can be the pleasing aroma of Jesus to you. In Jesus name, Amen.  
Posted in Alive for Christ, Called to Life, Seeking God

I’m built on the Rock

Jesus is my rock

..everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:24-27)

The construction of buildings intrigues me. The way a ground of nothingness can have a whole new purpose placed upon it. The way the old can be pulled down to make way for something new. Something grand. Whether it is a home for a family, a centre for children or a place of healing.

But sometimes we design dodgy buildings that aren’t legally approved. We throw in an extra wing here or a shed over there. We add things that should not have been added and sometimes even change or corrupt the purpose the building was intended for.

You are a living house. God’s craftsmanship.

But is God still the architect and continuing builder of your house or did you construct and re-purpose your house outside of God’s will?

A few indicators that perhaps you’ve taken over that job include feelings of:

Discontentment, dissatisfaction and emptiness. Because you’ve built what you thought would make you happy (you got that degree, that job, that car or relationship) but you still feel empty and incomplete.

Confusion. Because you can’t make sense of your purpose. The pieces don’t fit together. You built a childcare centre when God wanted to build a grand palace. You are not in alignment with God’s will.

Loneliness. Without God dwelling within your house, you experience a loneliness that no person, job, promotion or thing can fill. Only God can complete you. Only He can give you a content and joyful heart. Only He can give a sense of direction and purpose that is food for your soul and will drive your very being.

If you built your house and stop consulting God then maybe it’s time you let God tear it down and re-build it with a new purpose. His purpose.

The process of being torn down is not easy or pain free. But once He is done tearing down the shaky, unstable house that was eventually going to tumble, He will heal the ground and begin setting a new foundation or reminding you that He is your foundation. From there He can re-purpose you. No matter how broken you are, how much of a mess you have made of your life or how far you have strayed from God, He can still use you. He can still build you into a grand palace that He can dwell within and give a joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.

You are a temple of the Holy Spirit. This means God wants to come and live in you. You are His living house and He doesn’t want to dwell in no shabby little tent. He’s got big plans for your life. Much bigger and better then you can even imagine. The way you build your life on the foundation of Jesus is by hearing His words and putting them into practice.

So it’s time to fire yourself if you are the builder or architect of your house and call in the Expert who is deserving of everything you have to offer. Glory to the King forever and ever.

Posted in Alive for Christ

The Royal Calling

Jesus is calling

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:44)

When a King or Queen walk down the streets, I imagine that all the people on the streets stop and stare, grab their phones and start snapping photos.  Celebrities get similar treatment whether it is in awe, admiration or discontentment, people recognise a particular presence in their midst (often without discerning whether or not it is a Godly one!).

There is one presence we should be looking out for. Jesus.

We should not be worshiping or idolizing anyone or anything. They are not God. They did not die for us. They did not create us. Jesus alone is worthy of our praise, honour and glory. He works miracles, raises the dead, forgives our sins, makes us new, heals our pain, cures our sickness and loves unconditionally.

Jesus is the chosen King and He calls His children out from the crowds not only to share His glory but to share in His royalty. His children are His inheritance and for some reason, He wants us to share His inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven. Don’t think for a second you are entitled. Your good works can’t get you there. This salvation is offered by grace (because we couldn’t get there on our own) through faith in Jesus Christ.

Faith is justified (proven) by works (James 2:14-26). If you claim to have faith in Christ but nothing in your life reflects the likeness of Christ then your faith is dead.  If you truly believe in Christ and have accepted His gift of salvation then you will be living for Him. You will not be pursuing sin but pursuing the Saviour. You will want to look less like the world and more like the King. Your actions will reflect the nature and essence of Christ hence your works will prove your faith.

You are called to Holy living.

No one can come to Christ unless God draws them out (John 6:44) so stop trying to hide in the crowds. The sooner you accept the calling, the sooner God can get to work in your life at maximum capacity!

Praise the God with a love so deep, so vast and so giving. A love we can never earn but that is freely given.

Posted in Alive for Christ, Called to Life

The War has been won

Jesus has overcome

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (1 John 3:8)

Evil is real. Satan, his demons and all that. Real. Most commonly they manifest themselves in accepted “personality” traits. A person who is constantly angry is not simply “born that way”. There is a “spirit of anger” that must be overcome. We are all battling something that needs to be overcome through Christ. Christ is REAL and LIVING.

He is greater and more powerful than everything.

In fact, the war we face is already won.  It was won before the creation of the earth. What we are dealing with is the battle. The battle for our time, our mind, our heart, our emotions and ultimately our soul. Where is your soul destined for? There are two destinations but only one way that leads to life.

The book of Revelations is one of the most profound and difficult books to interpret. Full of realities, metaphors, symbolism and it transitions between past, present and future.

But it’s easy to sum up.

Jesus wins. Evil is overcome.

It’s already written and will be done according to the will of God. I repeat, IT.IS.WRITTEN. It is done. It was accomplished by the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

In the meantime, there is no doubt that evil is widespread in this fallen world. God’s perfect creation became fractured when man first sinned (Rebelled against God) in Genesis. But God is still faithful and can change every situation and work it out for the good of those who love him. His plans are to prosper you and to bless you…if you let Him into your heart.

So if the battle of good and evil is clouding your vision, start by choosing God. Call on the name of Jesus and make your requests known to Him. “Jesus I want to get to know you”. Keep asking and be patient, never giving up hope and praising Him simply because He is worthy. Spend time reading the Bible and developing a relationship with Him. Prayer is simply talking to God. Talk to Him and make it known that you choose the side of love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, hope, salvation, blessing and eternal life #TeamJesus.

Posted in Seeking God