WHO ARE YOU??? 11

By August 7, 2015Uncategorized

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones be turned into bread” (Matt. 4:3).
In our first article, we found that God created us in His image, being three persons, body, soul, and spirit. Now, let’s continue to look at who God says we are because our identification is very important. In a store, in a car, boarding an airplane, cashing a check, buying or selling, we must have verification that we really are who we claim to be. Since that is true in the physical world we temporarily live in, it is equally as true in the spiritual realm because the unseen is always greater than that which is seen. Now, let’s pose this question. How do the scriptures identify us because of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross?
The scriptures tell us that Jesus went willingly into the wilderness to pray and fast and seek direction from His Father. After forty days of fasting, He was weak and hungry, and suddenly Satan himself appears with three temptations. Jesus was not out of the Father’s will, but that didn’t stop Satan from attacking His mind, will, and emotions, and it will not stop him from attacking us. Of the three temptations, Satan twice challenged Jesus concerning His identification. His strategy remains unchanged. Challenging our identity in Christ is always his most effective weapon of deception, because not really knowing who we are in Christ will cause us to doubt that we are worthy to freely receive from Him. Once he is able to create doubt concerning our identification, our faith will give way to unbelief, fear, and lack. Fear that isn’t arrested by the Word will eventually bring defeat. Words like, “I don’t see how we can make it.” “The doctor said,” or, “What in the world are we going to do?” begin to take center stage.How did Jesus defeat Satan? By speaking the written Word, and it is the same way and the only way that we can defeat him. Remember dear reader, Christ has already defeated Satan for us, and now we must take the authority HE has given us and use it by speaking and acting in faith.
Now, let’s get a clear picture. Jesus knew He was the Son of God, and because of His knowledge that He was the Son of God, Satan and all of hell couldn’t win one iota of ground in His heart, mind, or soul. In the same way, we must know that we are Children of Righteousness. There is not one scripture that calls a born again Child of God an Old Sinner saved by grace. Let me challege you to study all of the epistiles and underline the names the New Testament writters use concerning the Church (us). Just because we look in a mirror and still look the same, we are not the same. We are not restored barns with a fresh coat of paint. We are new creations that have been justified by the Blood of Jesus. We were old sinners to be sure, and at times we may slip and sin, but because of Grace, God refuses to call us who we were, He calls us who we have become because we said “Yes” to Jesus. He calls us Righteous, Saints, Children of God, Sons and Daughters of Abraham through Christ Jesus. That is our new identification. We have been washed in His blood and spiritually speaking, purged completely of sin. What do the scriptures say, “He will remember our sins no more” (Heb. 10:17). Hallelujah!!! NOTE: For more in depth help on the believer’s identity and how the Kingdom of God operates read Great Life Great Marriage. In Christ, Don & Penny