Identity – The New You

Romans 8:5
For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the spirit set their minds on the things of the spirit.

The moment you become born again you receive a new spirit man within. That new spirit man scripture teaches us is perfect, for that new spirit man has been made in the image and likeness of God Himself (Hebrews 12:23). Once this new life has been given, we now have two natures to deal with. We still have the old Adamic nature in our flesh, but we also now have this new god-like nature. It is this new god-like nature that is to rule our soul and body.

Our soul, which is made up of mind (reasoning), will (choices), and emotions (feelings), is now to become the servant to our spirit man within. The body is a slave being subject to our soul, based on what we will it to do. When we focus on our soul, we are focused on the old fallen nature of man. This will lead you down a path of corruption. But when we take our soul and focus our mind on this new nature within, this will lead us down the path of life, which is called Zoe in the Greek language. This means life as God has it.

Scripture reveals as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. When we take the time to find out through the Word of God who we have now become on the inside, and we start identifying with that new man we now are, scripture teaches we will no longer fulfill the desires of our old fleshly nature. Instead we will walk in this new nature of life and peace. Learn to identify with the “new you” and you can live the god-kind of life that God has available for you.

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You must learn to practice renewing your mind to the Word of God. When you do, you will have trained your soul to respond to that which is of God, and you will therefore not go the way of your old Adamic nature. Find out more in this important teaching.

Willing and Obedient

Isaiah 1:19
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.

Far to often people think that because of certain circumstances in their life, or because of what other people have done, this will affect their outcome in life. But the truth is your outcome in life is only determined by the choices you make. The devil is the one who wants you to get caught up with what others do, and focused on things in the natural. In doing so he has taken your focus off of what God has planned for your life.

The above verse in Isaiah is an absolute. The only conditions to getting the best God has awaiting you in this life is your willingness and obedience to Him. When you understand this it should change what you are focused on. Your daily focus should be on walking in obedience to what God has for you to do. It does not matter what other people do, nor what circumstances in life may come, if you focus on doing what God has called you to do, those things cannot keep you from your god-given destiny.

Stay focused on being obedient to God and doing whatever He desires of you with a willing heart. To be willing simply means you obey without argument, and you put your whole heart into it. If you focus on this you will succeed. Stop allowing the devil to get you to focus on or to even think that people or problems can stop you. Just stay focused on what God has called you to do, and you are assured that what God has planned for your life which is good, will come to pass. Just be willing and obedient.

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Complete In Christ

Colossians 1:28
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

The word “perfect” means complete. It is not other people, things you own, nor your status in life that makes you complete. It is Jesus Christ and Him alone that makes your life complete, and that is why they preached Christ to everyone. Ever since the fall of man in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned and turned away from God, man has been incomplete without God and always will be. The Creator Himself who brought us into existence is the only One who can make us complete.

When we try to find our worth in what we do, what other people think of us, or in what we have in this world, we are always going to feel incomplete, because in doing so we are trying to find our worth in the creation and not our Creator. It’s not a selfie you take that everyone likes, nor getting compliments on something you’ve accomplished that gives you value and worth.

Our value and worth comes from the One who loves you and gave His life for you. Get your focus on Jesus by going to the Word and focusing on the New Testament scriptures that reveal who you are in Christ Jesus. Get to know Jesus and you get to know yourself, for you are one spirit with the Lord. You are complete in Him, because in Him you have all that you need.

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God’s Word A Prevailing Force

Acts 19:20
So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

God’s Word will only help you to the degree that you hear, receive, and act upon it. God’s Word spoken brought into existence everything we see. There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God. His Word is a prevailing force. The word prevail means to prove more powerful than any opposing force, to be victorious.

Think about how powerful God’s Word is. In the scripture above we see that the Word continued to grow mightily and prevail over whatever they came up against. This was a result of the disciples teaching the people what God’s Word said. The more that Word grew and came alive in the hearts of those who heard it, the more that Word prevailed in and through their lives.

To get God’s Word in our hearts we must hear it, speak it, meditate on it, and live it. For those who do, this prevailing force, the Word of God, will work in and through your life proving itself more powerful than any opposing force. It will help you to live a victorious life, for you shall know the truth, and that truth shall set you free.

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Let Go and Press On

Philippians 3:13-14
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

A key to moving forward into all God has for your life is to forget what is behind. If you hold on to your past you will remain there. In the Old Testament the first generation of the children of Israel once delivered out of Egypt kept looking back to Egypt, and they did not go forward into the promise land God had for them. Only Joshua and Caleb let go of the past and went forward into what God had awaiting them.

Stop thinking about, talking about, and focusing on your past and what is behind you. Stop seeing the person you used to be and start seeing in scripture who God has made you to be. Leave the past, yours and others where it belongs, behind you. Don’t allow past hurts and failures to get your attention. Forgive everyone and release them from any wrong they may have done. Don’t beat yourself up for wrongs you have done, just repent and move forward.

Paul knew this all to well, for his past life was one in which his faith was in his own righteousness and not God’s. He also had been a major player in persecuting the church until Jesus revealed Himself to Paul. If you hold on to the past, you will only hinder your ability to enter into what God has ahead for you. When you let go of the past you can then move forward by faith into all God has planned and waiting for you.

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You Are Never Alone

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

No believer should ever feel like God is far from them, for we have been reunited with God through Christ Jesus. We are one spirit with the Lord, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. The sin nature that stood between us and God has been washed away by the blood of Jesus, and we have now received not only a new spirit, but the Holy Spirit who now resides in us.

One of the strategies of satan is to make believers feel isolated and alone through times of difficulty and struggles in life. In doing so he keeps you from walking in one of the greatest truths of strength for the believer. This truth is found in 1 John 4:4. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. If satan can get you to feel isolated and alone, he can keep you from walking in the light of the greater One who is with you.

So there is no reason to live in fear of the powers of darkness, nor should you ever feel alone. Don’t fall for these deceptive lies, for all who have received salvation have the Spirit of God living in them. God is with you and will never leave you nor forsake you. Walk in the realty of that truth by declaring to yourself that the greater One lives in you, for you are one spirit with the Lord, and the greater One will put you over in life.

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Living The Good Life

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship),recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

God has already prepared a good plan for you to walk in. To walk in God’s plan all we have to do is follow the pattern we have in Jesus. Jesus thought, spoke, and acted like the Father. We need to look to God’s Word and begin to think like God thinks. We need to see ourselves as God sees us, as revealed through the Word of God. We need to recognize who we have now become in Christ Jesus, meditating on and seeing ourselves in the light of His Word.

Not only do we need to think like God thinks as scripture reveals to us this new man within, we also need to begin to talk like God talks, declaring who we now are in Christ Jesus, and declaring what we have in Christ as well. Scripture teaches us our words are a major part of determining the outcome of our future here on earth, for our words James says are like a rudder on a ship, directing us to our destination.

We also need to act like our Heavenly Father acts. His Word reveals to us how we as born again children of God should live. Ephesians 5:1 tells us as dear children, imitate your Heavenly Father. When we start thinking, talking, and acting like God does, we can learn of and walk in the plan He has already prepared for us, and I can assure you, it is a good plan.

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You must learn to practice renewing your mind to the Word of God. When you do, you will have trained your soul to respond to that which is of God, and you will therefore not go the way of your old Adamic nature. Find out more in this important teaching.