3.31.2014

Perfect and complete - safe and secure.

I am currently working through the "Who I am in Christ" study with one of my girls, and I am so excited about something the Lord showed me!

We first did this study a year ago as a group in COMMITTED.  It was one of our best studies, by far.
Since then, I have been trying to find a way to make it tangible ... to show the contrast between the way we see ourselves through the image the world gives us - distorted, damaged, and broken - and the way we should see ourselves ... redeemed, precious, whole, and beautiful - because of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ that allows us to stand in righteousness before a holy God.

It was last summer when the Lord presented the first part of His plan.  Our friend Caleb, a scientist, was staying with us, and brought some pieces of Mylar to protect our eyes from being blinded by giant magnifying glasses.  I was playing with the pieces one afternoon and noticed that the reflection was like those crazy mirrors in fun-houses - all twisted and weird.  "That's it!" I thought.  This is the perfect tool for showing the distorted way we see ourselves based on the thoughts and opinions of others.  We can still see ourselves in the image, we know it IS us, but the image isn't clear ... it is lacking detail.  It lacks TRUTH.
Of course, a real mirror would be the perfect contrast to the distorted image.  It would show a perfectly clear, concise image representing how Christ sees us.  AS WE ARE.  Reflecting HIS image - not the world's.
I just couldn't find a way to put the two together.

Until today!
I prayed about it, asking the Lord to show me how to make the idea come to fruition.  And then, it hit me!
A double frame, with Mylar in one opening and a mirror in the other.
A quick trip to the craft store provided the frame and mirror and within an hour - I had this!
(I tried to capture the actual contrast but it just doesn't translate through the lens.  You'll have to trust me that it works!)
This is a gift, so I am determined to make one for our house.
I spent my entire life seeing myself through the eyes of others rather than through the eyes of Christ, so I want to have a physical reminder of the difference.  One image is a lie.  One reveals TRUTH.
And walking in truth is how I want to live!

I wrote the following last year after we completed our "Who I am in Christ" study, and it seems fitting to share it now.  I think if I was asked, "If you could only speak/write/disciple/counsel on one topic for the rest of your life, which would you choose?" ... it would be this one, no questions asked!
Knowing who we are - being CONFIDENT in who we are - BELIEVING who we are in Christ is a truth that will change the way we see ourselves, the way we respond to others, and how we will fight the enemy when he slithers in to accuse us.

God created us in His image!  And His Son cleansed us from all unrighteousness through His death on the cross.
Therefore, we need never question our value or our worth - because we stand perfect and COMPLETE in Jesus Christ - and safe and secure in the arms of the Father.

What a privilege it is to be a child of God!

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We read Scripture, we hear a thousand sermons, we sing countless songs of praise ... and yet, we do not know who we are ... our position ... our promises ... and our rights as children of God. And because we do not know them, we believe the lies satan whispers in our ears, and we have no weapons with which to fight his attacks and accusations.

We have to know who our God is!  We have to know how He works!  And we have to know the POWER we have as His children. 

There are two reasons a Christian cannot thwart the attacks of satan - the very one who prowls about seeking to devour and destroy us.  1) Ignorance of what God says about us in His Word, and/or 2) We do not believe His promises based on our "feelings" at the moment.

Feelings do not matter!  We do not need to "feel" God to believe He will do what He says He will do. We do not need signs and confirmation or 'peace' to be obedient.  We either believe God is who He says He is - or we don't.  God's truth IS God's truth - regardless of how we feel. We do not have to understand it, or even like it, but we must trust in, and fully surrender to the God of creation.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  And hasn't He proven Himself faithful over and over again?  In your life.  In mine?  
God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?  Numbers 23:19  
We have to know and BELIEVE in this God!

And once we know Him, we can finally understand how He sees us.  
We can claim His promises. 
We can rest in the security He offers. 
We
can
TRUST.

We must learn, identify, and understand who we are in Christ.  We must see ourselves in the light of God's Word - not the image the world has created for us.  We need to claim out loud, "I am who God says I am, regardless of how I feel about myself.  Regardless of what others tell me. Nothing, and no one, can change the absolute TRUTH of God's Word!" 

But to get to this point, we have to dig in the Word, search the Scriptures, and find out first hand what God says ... who He says we are.  And then - believe Him!

If you have given your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, you are His, forever.  And as His child you get to enjoy the privileges that come with being a child of a holy, perfect, and loving God.  

All of these promises are true - and even better - they are YOURS!

I AM GOD’S…
· possession Genesis 17:8/ 1 Cor 6:20
· child John 1:12
· workmanship Ephesians 2:10
· friend James 2:23
· co-laborer 1 Timothy 5:18
· witness Acts 1:8
· soldier II Timothy 2:3
· chosen Ephesians 1:4
· beloved Romans 1:7/ II Thessalonians 2:13
· precious jewel Malachi 3:17

I HAVE BEEN…
· redeemed by the blood Rev 5:9
· set free from sin /condemnation Rom 8:1-2
· chosen before foundation of world Ephesians 1:4
· washed in the blood of the Lamb Rev 1:5
· given a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7
· given the Holy Spirit 2 Cor 1:22
· adopted into God’s family Romans 8:15
· given great and precious promises 2 Pet 1:4
· given access to God Ephesians 3:12

I AM…
· complete in Him Colossians 2:10
· free forever from sin’s power Romans 6:14
· loved eternally 1 Peter 1:5
· eternally kept in the palm of His hand John 10:29
· kept from falling Jude 1:24
· one with the Lord 1 Cor 6:17
· seated in heavenly places Ephesians 1:3
· light in the darkness Matthew 5:14
· His sheep Psalm 23 / Psalms 100:3/ John 10:14
· a citizen of heaven 1 Peter 2:11
· hidden with Christ in God Psalms 32:7
· protected from the evil one 1 John 5:18
· secure in Christ John 10:28-29
· covered by the blood of Jesus Rev 12:11, 1 Pet 1:19
· sheltered under His wing Psalms 91:4

I HAVE…
· access to the Father Romans 5:2
· a home in heaven waiting for me John 14:1-2
· a living hope 1 Peter 1:3
· an anchor to my soul Hebrews 6:19
· a hope that is sure and steadfast Heb 6:19
· the mind of Christ 1 Cor 2:16
· peace with God Romans 5:1

I CAN…
· do all things through Christ Phil 4:13
· find mercy and grace to help Heb 4:16
· come boldly to the throne of grace Heb 4:16
· pray always and everywhere Luke 21:36
· defeat (overcome) the enemy Rev 12:11

I CANNOT…
· be separated from God’s love Rom 8:35-39
· be moved Psalms 16:8
· be taken out of my Father’s hand John 10:29
· be condemned 1 Cor 11:32

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