Who And What You Are In Christ!



God created you and loves you. To Him, you are special and unique – one of a kind!

If you are a follower of Christ (a born again believer), According To The Word Of God (The Bible), the following is who and what you are (your true identity in Christ):

  • You are forgiven of all your sins;

  • You are eternally redeemed;

  • You are a new creation;

  • You are a saint;

  • You are a product of Calvary’s conquest;

  • You are born again of imperishable and incorruptible seed;

  • You are complete in Christ;

  • You are a child of God;

  • You are the apple of your Father’s eye;

  • You are one with the Lord;

  • You are the temple of the most high Holy Ghost;

  • You are seated with Christ in Heavenly Places;

  • You are dead to sin;

  • You are alive unto God;

  • You are free from guilt;

  • You are free from condemnation;

  • You are righteous, holy and blameless;

  • You are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might;

  • You are hidden with Christ in God;

  • You are loved with an everlasting love;

  • You are the head and not the tail;

  • You are blessed with all spiritual blessings;

  • You are a joint heir with Jesus Christ;

  • You are a competent minister of the covenant of God;

  • You are bonified and qualified;

  • You are chosen by God;

  • You are anointed;

  • You are God’s royal ambassador;

  • You are a missionary to a lost world;

  • You are a stranger to this world;

  • You are a citizen of Heaven;

  • You are not looking back;

  • You are pressing on the upward way;

  • You are destined to be completed in you what God has started and what God has promised;

  • You are a king and a priest of the most high God;

  • You are bold as a lion;

  • You are more than a conqueror;

  • You are a towering testimony of God’s incredible grace;

  • You are the salt of the earth;

  • You are the light of the world;

  • You are a city on a hill that can not be hidden;

  • You are a sweet savor of God’s grace and to those who are observing you;

  • You are a tree planted by the rivers of water;

  • You are a branch whose leaf will not wither;

  • You are a disciple whom Jesus loves;

  • You are a king’s kid destined to reign through Christ in God;

  • You are Heaven bound and assured of victory if you just stand fast.

Hallelujah – Ain’t God Good!

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Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, And Give Thanks.



Thanksgiving Day is a day that our government has set aside as a national holiday and a day of thanks. But, as Christians, everyday should be a day of thanksgiving to God (and others)!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) says Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Obeying these three commands often goes against our natural inclinations.

Our joy, prayers and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. When we make a conscious decision to do God’s will, we will begin to see people in a new perspective and we will find it easier to be joyful, pray continually and give thanks.

We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing His presence within us, and determining to obey Him fully.

Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, and short prayers. A prayerful and thankful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer and giving thanks but should be an outgrowth of those times.

Be Thankful Even If You
Are In Difficult Circumstances.

The Bible does not teach that we should thank God for everything that happens to us, but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we should not thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and for the good that He will accomplish through our difficult circumstances.

Do Not Be Anxious About Anything!


Philippians 4:6 (NIV) says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Imagine never being “anxious about anything”! That seems like an impossibility because we all have worries on the job or business, in our homes, in our relationships and at school.

But the Bible advises us to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray, give your worries to God, let them go, and thank Him for taking care of them!

We Are God’s Representatives.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV) says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Doing “all in the name of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect of our life and daily living. As a Christian, we represent Christ at all times – wherever we go and whatever we we say or do.

What impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you? Is your light shining brightly? If not, what changes should you make in your life in order to honor Christ?

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Learn 5 Keys For Successfully Resolving Conflicts.


By: Bill and Teddy Rogers

All of us have had or, if we live long enough, will have conflicts in our personal relationships. How we handle and resolve these conflicts is very important.

James 1:19 saysMy dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Here are 5 keys needed to successfully resolve most of your conflicts.

KEY # 1: BE QUICK TO LISTEN

When we listen, we encourage the other person to talk. Listening also helps us to understand the other person and where they are coming from.

Many of us do not really listen like we should because we are defensive, we assume we already know what they are going to say next, or we're thinking about what we're going to say back to them.

During A Conflict, Here Is What You Should Do:

  • Listen not merely with your ears, but observe and listen with your eyes;
  • Focus on what the other person is saying, not what you are thinking;
  • Consider the meaning behind the words without jumping to conclusions.

Note: If you are not sure what you think they said, replay their statement back to them.


KEY # 2: BE SLOW TO SPEAK

God gave us two ears and one mouth. This may mean that we are to listen more and speak a whole lot less.

Here Are 4 Scriptures That Tell Us To Limit What We Say During A Conflict.

Proverbs 10:19 says “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”

Proverbs 17:27 says “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”

Proverbs 21:23 says “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

Ecclesiastes 5:3 says “For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words.”

KEY # 3: BE SLOW TO BECOME ANGRY

Ecclesiastes 7:9 says “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”

Proverbs 16:32 says “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

Ephesians 4:26 says “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”

Proverbs 29:22 says “An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.”

Remember, words spoken in anger are very difficult if not impossible to retract. Keep your words soft and sweet, you may have to eat them!

KEY # 4: BE LOVING AND KIND

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

You will never resolve any conflict by playing destructive games. Please don't ever do the following:

  • Blame the other person;
  • Think you know everything about the other person;
  • Insist that every detail be correct;
  • Rule by force – verbal or physical;
  • Compare the other person to someone else;
  • Act superior or “holier than thou”;
  • Bring up past conflicts that have nothing do do with the current conflict.

Key # 5: ATTEMPT TO SET THE

 STAGE BEFORE YOUR CONFLICT

  • Never have your conflict before eating a meal, going to church or a social event;
  • Never have your conflict when you or the other person are angry;
  • Have it in the right place when only the participants are involved ( never in front of children );
  • Stay in control of your tone of voice.

Obviously, there are exceptions to the above, but if you use these 5 Keys and use them wisely, you should be able to successfully resolve most of your conflicts.

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What Does The Holy Spirit Do
For The Born Again Believer?


 
The Holy Spirit possesses a dynamite-like power that works within a believer to blast out anything that is unlike God.

The Holy Spirit uses His power to break us so that He might transform our life. The more we get self out of the way and yield our will to His, the more He is able to pour Himself out through us to others, and the more He is able to transform our lives. We are merely the conduits, the channels through which God's power moves.

If we are open and receptive to the Holy Spirit, the following is what He can do for and through us:

  • He Intercedes On Our Behalf, Helps Us In Our Weaknesses, And Teaches Us How To Pray.

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) says In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

  • He Searches Our Hearts.

Romans 8:27 (NIV) says And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

  • He Talks To And Through Us.

Matthew 10:20 (NIV) says for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

  • He Teaches Us All Things, Reminds Us Of Scripture And Guides Us Into Truth.

John 14:26 (NIV) says But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

1 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV) says these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

  • He Transforms Us Into A New Creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) says Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

  • He Gives Us His Fruit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) says But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

  • He Gives Us Gifts For Ministry.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NIV) says There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

  • He Gives Us Power To Live Godly Lives.

We may look the same on the outside, but inside we are a new creation, we are born again, with the Holy Spirit and His power.

Ephesians 1:18-20 (NIV) says I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 3:16 (NIV) says I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) says 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.”

We can apply the benefits and power of the Spirit in our own lives, understanding what the Spirit does in our life.

  • He Gives Us Boldness To Witness.

Acts 1:8 (NIV) says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 4:29 (NIV) says Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”

Acts 4:31 (NIV) says After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

NOTE: The salvation of souls is a supernatural work only made possible by the Holy Spirit’s power at work in the world.

  • He Gives Us Wisdom And Revelation.

Ephesians 1:17-18 (NIV) says I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: For many of us, the potential which dwells within us, is never realized because we will not take God at His word.

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Symbols Of The Holy Spirit.



The work of the Holy Spirit in the believer is directly related to every reality of the believer’s experience. The believer’s sanctification, spiritual understanding, assurance, service, prayer, and worship all spring from the work of the Holy Spirit within.

Below Are 5 Scriptures That Give A Basic Understanding Of How The Holy Spirit Works In The Life Of A Believer.

John 14:26-27 (KJV) says But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 16:8 (KJV) says And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

Romans 8:26 (KJV) says Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Ephesians 5:18 (KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) says But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The Following Are The Symbols And A Few Of The Scriptures Used In The Bible That Represent The Holy Spirit.

1. DOVE

Matthew 3:16 (KJV) says And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.”

2. FIRE

Exodus 3:2 (KJV) says And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”

Acts 2:3 (KJV) says And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”

3. WIND

Acts 2:2 (KJV) says And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”

4. OIL

Psalm 45:7 (KJV) says Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

Acts 10:38 (KJV) saysHow God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

Hebrews 1:9 (KJV) says Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

5. WATER

John 4:14 (KJV) says But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:37-39 (KJV) says In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”

6. A SEAL

John 6:27 (KJV) says Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”

2 Corinthians 1:22 (KJV) says Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”

Ephesians 1:13 (KJV) says In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Ephesians 4:30 (KJV) says And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

7. A VOICE

Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) says And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Matthew 10:20 (KJV) says For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

John 16:13 (KJV) says Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

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