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In Christ Part 2

Are you tired of your life being out of control? You can get control of your life Christian.

Learn how to think and speak like the Bible and you will never be discouraged again.

 You can know what to say and what to do in every situation.

Learn who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and what you can do through Christ and you will will always know what to say and you won’t be afraid to say it, plus you will always know what to do in every situation.  Does that interest you, then read on.

My friend, I encourage you to make your words work for you so that they won't work against you!

There is a spiritual law at work:

To begin with, we need to realize that there is a spiritual law that works for us or against us that is: What we say causes things to happen.

I’m sure you will admit that in most situations we do one of three things: we make a positive statement, a negative statement, or no statement.

Knowing that spiritual law should make us want to be more careful about what we say, and we can be.

If you are a born again Christian you have a great option to take advantage of, if you are not a born again Christian yet, we encourage you to find out how to become one, and it is much easier than you think, click here to find out how to be born again.

As a born again believer you have the advantage in every situation:

Hebrews 3:1 tells us that Jesus Christ is the High Priest of our confession. Confession means our declaration of what we believe.  Our declaration is our saying what we believe.

In Romans 10:10 we are told that it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess what you believe and are saved.

What we believe is stored in our hearts, but we need to get it out of our hearts into our mouths. In other words we have to say what we believe in order for it to work for us.

James 2:18 tells us: “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” The word faith in the Greek is “pistis” and it means persuasion.  The word “deeds” means corresponding actions.  In other words, you say what you persuaded of. Your declarations are the corresponding actions of the faith in your heart.

What we believe forms what we say, so be careful:

Hebrews 11:1 gives us the definition of faith: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and being certain of what we do not see.  In other words, we are convinced of something. 

It with our hearts that we believe, in our hearts we are convinced, but what we are convinced of will come out of our mouths. 

What we believe will determine what we say, so it is critical that we choose carefully what we believe, we can’t just let it happen. We have to be in control of what we believe. 

We don’t live in a passive world.  There are messages beamed at us everyday, on T.V. the radio, the Internet, at work, on billboards, on the magazine racks, in newspapers, in textbooks, friends, family, co-workers. There are forces constantly trying to persuade us, in order to control what we believe.

Psalm one provides an easy to follow way to choose what to believe:

We are told who not to listen to and why, what to listen to so that in whatever we do we will prosper – Psalm 1:1-6.

Instead of listening to the wicked, the sinners, the mockers, we are told to meditate on the Word of God day and night.

Meditate means to reflect upon and to talk to yourself about what you have decided to believe.  We are told to reflect upon what we are reading in the Bible, day and night. 

It’s not a matter of reading it day and night, just reading doesn’t mean we will comprehend what we are reading. Instead, we need to give thought to what we are reading.  As we reflect, talking to our self about what we are reading increases comprehension.  As we think about it, we begin to understand what is being said, and it gets down into our hearts.

Our hearts can be a treasure chest, the store house for the statements we are going to make in every situation.

What we say will work for us or against us:

From the fruit of our lips we are filled with good things as surely as the work of our hands rewards us – Proverbs 12:14.

We are warned: From the fruit of our mouth our stomach is filled; with the harvest from our lips we are satisfied.  The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love what they say will eat its fruit – Proverbs 18:2—21. 

So, what are we going to say?

Since we choose to reflect on what is written in the Word of God, our heart contains statements of truth we learned from the Word of God, so we will say those things.

Find out what God’s Word says about you and form your statements of faith:

With the help of the Holy Spirit we can understand all that God has freely given to us.  We are individuals; Jesus Christ redeemed us as individuals, He loves us as individuals, so we can expect the Holy Spirit to lead each of us into the truth of God’s Word.

As a believing Christian we have every right to find out what Jesus Christ has accomplished for us, and has provided for us by His atoning sacrifice.

We live under a new covenant made by God and sealed with the sacrifice of His one and only Son. God wants us to understand all that He has freely given to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

God’s New Covenant with us is recorded in the New Testament, so it makes sense to read the New Testament to find out what God has freely given to us.

New Testament statements of faith:

As we read the New Testament, primarily the Epistles because they are written for us New Covenant believers. As we read those epistles, depending on the version we are reading, look for expressions such as: “in Christ,” “in Him,” “through Him,” “with Christ,” “in whom,” “by whom,” etc.

When we find one of those expressions we need to reflect on it because it tells us something of who we are in Christ, what we have in Him, what we can do through Christ living in us.

Make them personal statements of fact concerning you, store them in your heart, and say them.  The more we say them, the more convinced we become they are true about us.

The following examples are here to help you know how to develop your personal statements of faith about who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and what you can do through Christ.

 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to ALL who believe” – Romans 3:21,22.

My statement of faith based on Romans 3:21,22: “I believe in Jesus Christ; I am righteous in God’s sight through faith in Jesus Christ.”

That statement flows out of my heart throughout the day. As a result the enemy cannot trouble me with thoughts of not being worthy before God. “I am righteous before God through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Another example: “In Him and through faith in Him, I may approach God with freedom and confidence” – Ephesians 3:12.

My statement of faith: “I am included in Christ; I can approach God with freedom and confidence; I am welcome in His presence.”

Another example: “Because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priest hood. Therefore He is able to save me completely because I come to God through Him; He is always interceding for me, never against me” – Hebrews 7:25.

My statement of faith based on the fact of Hebrews 7:25: "I do not fear the future because Jesus Christ is always interceding for me, He is never against me; He is able to save me completely; I can come to God through Him. Thank you Jesus!" 

Another example: “Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I can approach the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need” – Hebrews 4:16.

Another example: “I give thanks to the Father who has qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:12-14.

140 statements of fact about us in the New Testament:

Jesus Christ has purchased far more than the forgiveness of our sins. The forgiveness of our sins got us through the gates of His kingdom, now we need to discover all of the rights and privileges of being a citizen in the kingdom of the Son God loves.

There are other expressions to be alert for also, they inform us of our rights and privileges as citizens in the kingdom of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit takes delight in helping the open heart who desires to understand all that God has freely given him/her.  Open your heart to the word of God. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit and He will guide you into all the truth found in the Bible, He will even show you things yet to come. He wants to help you understand all that Christ has purchased for you. In Christ, God has lavished His grace and love upon you Christian.

In Christ Part 3: 

In Christ Part 3 will provide a list of terms and New Testament references for you to reflect upon and develop your corresponding actions, your statements of faith.

According to the word of God, the Bible it pays to be an earnest seeker!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen -- Ephesians 3:20.

If you are a born again Christian God has lavished His grace and love upon your life, don't doubt that!  If you are not born again, but you want God to lavish His grace and love upon your life, here is His invitation:

An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness yet, but you would like to experience the New Life He promises, simply pray this prayer:  “Jesus Christ, I choose to believe you are the Son of God and God’s only sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sins. I admit it, I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins, and I ask you to come into my life, I want to be born again. Save me Jesus.  I don't understand it, but please save me Jesus.  Please show me how real you are! Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit; I want everything you have for me. Thank you for accepting me.”

 

If you’re a skeptic you can pray a prayer like this: “God, if  this is true about Jesus Christ and a new life, please help me understand so that I can accept your gift of eternal life that you purchased for me by the sacrifice of Your Son.”


In Christ -  Part 1 click here

In Christ -  Part 3 click here

 





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