See our life with God’s perspective.
Sometimes we will hear a Christian say of themselves :
“I am just a sinner saved by grace”
Saying that makes us mediocre in our Christian life, with our identity identical to a non Christian, identical to the world.
With that defeated mind set at best we may confess our sins but never have the expectation to overcome and be better.
That is not how God perceives us
In Scripture, believers are called “brethren,” “sons of God,” “heirs” “sons of light,” and “saints.”
We are not a sinner.
We are a saint who sins.
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light”
It changes our identity with not what we have but of how we are walking it out in our lives.
We have choices and can control how we use what we have.
What we have is what sets us apart from non Christians and the world.
Our belief gives us a renewed mind set.
That is our salvation.
If we are aware of who we are and what we have.
We have a new identity.
A holy one in God’s sight, a saint.
Our mind set now is living in that place and desiring and being mindful not to sin as before knowing it is also God’s will for us and how He perceives us.
Our desire changes we do not want to fall and that in God’s strength and will it is possible where it perhaps wasn’t in our own!
Being aware of what we have and who we perceive ourselves to be.
It is when we fail to see ourselves as a Child of God, that we may struggle with the enemy.
We forget we have Christ as the Holy Spirit within us as our teacher and advocate.
We must always know the high value God has of us as His child.
That at our salvation there was a radical transformation of our core identity from sinner to saint.
We are a new Being of Light.
Set apart from the darkness of the world.
We all know our own lack of perfection but we have faith in being forgiven when we fall and that the forgiveness we receive should be equalled by what we are prepared to give.
Our forgiveness and frustration towards others should be endless when we know how God’s is with us!
Equally we all know lovely people who do good deeds and have kindness in their hearts but who have no knowledge of Jesus.
Or who have knowledge, do know, but deny, reject, refuse to believe and have faith.
God uses all people.
His rain falls on all alike.
God seeks us with a desire to be known and welcomed in.
He awaits patiently at the doors He knocks at to be invited in.
The prayer of a new believer is simply that welcome.
Asking Jesus to come into our life and knowing He will gladly respond to that genuine relational invitation and come in.
His love envelops us as we bathe in His presence.
The exchange of becoming a Christ believer, a Christian takes place in that relationship.
Beckoned by Him.
Responded to by us.
Sealed by knowing we are a Child of God, heir with Christ.
When we know our identity we truly awe and marvel at such a wonderful God of love.
We receive abundantly and can give away generously.
Be who He always intended us to be.
The illustration shows us in our identity welcomed as a Child of God and brought into a place of Light. To be light.
Four Scriptures that come to mind:
“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.”2 Chronicles 7:14-15 ESV
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7
“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10).
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
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