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You are United with Christ

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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You are united with Christ.

Jesus says, in His high priestly prayer for unity: “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity.” John 17:22-23a NASB

Can you imagine the incredible unity that Christ is talking about? He just said that in the same way that God the Father and God the Son are one, so we as believers are to have the same kind of unity. God the Father and God the Son are the same essence. They have one will. They are one in every sense of the word except that they are separate individuals. It’s an internal unity, and it must be possible among believers, or Jesus would not have prayed it.

We see in the early church this kind of unity, where people shared everything with each other and didn’t hoard anything. They broke bread and had fellowship with each other, laughing and crying together in sweet unity. They prayed together and didn’t care about earthly objects, but only about the will of God to be accomplished. This is why they had so much power in the Spirit, because they had no idols. Christ was all in all.

Being united with Christ is what it means to be saved. When you invite Christ into your life, Christ is in you (2 Corinthians 13:5), and you are in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30).

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“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

And if Christ is in each of us, of course we will love each other and have unity in the Spirit because we love Jesus. We see Jesus when we see each other. If this is not happening, perhaps you are around carnal Christians who are not allowing Christ to be their greatest joy. (I estimate that up to 90% of church-goers are not true believers. You cannot see Christ in them at all because He isn’t there.) Out of selfishness, carnal Christians live their lives for themselves. Scripture asks us to examine if we are in the faith, in case we are not actually saved. If Christ is in us, we will be excited about the things of God. It is oxygen and life and feels clean and fresh and beautiful.

A. W. Tozer says: “I will never be through talking about the union of the soul with the Savior, the conscious union of the believer’s heart with Jesus. Remember, I am not talking about a ‘theological union’ only. I am speaking also of a conscious union, a union that is felt and experienced.”

It is not just a theoretical idea that we are united with Christ—He and we are ACTUALLY one. Let that sink in… Wow!

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This means that we are also united with Christ in His death and resurrection: “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5 NASB

When we choose to die to sin, we experience resurrection power in our lives as we see impossible things happen—changed lives, answered prayer, bitterness gone, healing from past wounds, etc.

If you want to understand the illustration of the Vine and the branches from John 15 that I explained in the video, I wrote more about that here: Abiding in the Vine.

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My daughter and I created the artwork for this series from the course {aff} “You are a Masterpiece” by Alicia Gratehouse. If you love to do art and are discovering who you are in Christ, this is a great art course for you!

You are God’s Temple

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

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You are God’s temple. This means that your body is a residence for God! The outside of you is like a church building with stained glass windows. The glory of God inside can hardly be contained, and it shines out the stained glass windows for all to see!

Whatever you are doing with your body, you are doing to Christ’s body, so take care of it! Don’t let anyone damage it. It belongs to Christ. Stand up for yourself and treat your body with dignity.

If someone has harmed your body in the past, ask Christ to heal your soul from that trauma.

Use your body to glorify God:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB

temple: a building devoted to the worship of God.

Is your body devoted to the worship of God? This is connected to being set free—for me it included dancing before the Lord so that I could glorify God by worshiping with my entire body and not just my voice. (See the blog post You are Free to find the Scriptures that tell us to dance before the Lord in worship.)

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Keeping our bodies clean from immorality and sin is also obvious if we want to bring glory to God in our bodies.

Jesus has taken residence in our body, and we conform to His death by dying to sin “so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:10)

We use our body to hug a friend who is discouraged, sit with someone at the hospital, become one with our spouse, give birth to children, nurse the children, pick up and hold the children, make a meal for a shut-in, etc. There are so many ways that God can be glorified through our bodies.

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Our bodies–the containers of God Himself—are to be presented to God as a holy sacrifice, a living sacrifice. We are no longer to live for ourselves but for Him:

Romans 12:1 NASB “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

You are God’s temple. The Spirit of the Living God resides inside of you! Just imagine, the Creator of the Universe has taken residence in you, and your body actually contains God!

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My daughter and I created the artwork for this series from the course {aff} “You are a Masterpiece” by Alicia Gratehouse. If you love to do art and are discovering who you are in Christ, this is a great art course for you!

You are Powerful Over the Enemy

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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You are powerful over the enemy. 1 John 4:4 ESV says “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

When Jesus was on the earth, He gave His followers power over the demonic realm. Any Christian has more power than an evil spirit, because the Spirit of the Living God is inside of us! “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” Luke 10:17 ESV

Jesus said we would do greater works than He did: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 ESV Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send His Spirit to reside in us, and He would never leave us nor forsake us.

Because Christians don’t know the authority they have in Christ, they allow the enemy to torment them, lead them into sin, and deceive them. The primary gateway for the enemy is your mind, but he also works through your emotions. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 The key in that verse is to submit or yield to God at all times. Open to Jesus and allow Him to lead you. He will give you supernatural strength to get through your situation.

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One day last summer, I was allowing the enemy to discourage me because of my unresolved circumstances. I had no energy whatsoever, and my daughter was wondering if I was going to get out of bed. I felt that I didn’t have enough strength to continue going through the motions of life. No, I was not suicidal. I just had nothing left. I had metaphorically splatted to the floor after giving everything I had, and I’ve lived this way for a couple of years.

The phone rang, and it was my husband. He said that there was a work picnic today, and I was expected to attend with the kids. Plus, I always brought banana bread for his boss. I looked at the clock and there was only one hour before I had to leave. I hadn’t showered. I had no energy. I cried out, “Jesus, please give me the strength to live through another day.”

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Fortunately I saw three soft bananas on the counter. The odds of that happening are slim, because if we buy bananas, they all get eaten right away unless we were planning to make banana bread, and we weren’t. I would not have had time to go to the grocery store to buy bananas. I found my son who I’ve trained to make banana bread, and he got started on it while I jumped in the shower.

I arrived at the work party with my kids at the correct time, and I had supernatural strength to be the life of the party. This is impossible. But God strengthened me. I didn’t have swollen eyes from crying. I looked normal and full of life. That’s because Jesus is my life.

Over and over, God has gotten me through so many difficult situations, and I know He will get me through this one. I will ask God each day what He wants me to do, and I will do it.

Don’t forget, you are powerful over the enemy. Don’t let him discourage you!

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My daughter and I created the artwork for this series from the course {aff} “You are a Masterpiece” by Alicia Gratehouse. If you love to do art and are discovering who you are in Christ, this is a great art course for you!

You are an Overcomer

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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You are an overcomer! No matter what you are going through, you will overcome it. You will make it through to the other side of this trial. You will not be inside of this trial forever.

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10 NIV Every believer will get through the situation that they are in because they have the presence of the living God. When we come out of the furnace, we will be gold!

But how will we overcome?

“And they overcame him (1) because of the blood of the Lamb and (2) because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11 NASB

(1) Notice that we will overcome the enemy and get through any situation because of what Christ did on the cross to purchase our victory:

  • “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57 ESV
  • “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:15 NIV

(2) Notice also that the word of our testimony will get us through the hard situation. God’s faithfulness to us in the past (or if we are a new believer, His faithfulness even in the Scriptures throughout history) will show us that because God got us through difficult situations in the past, He will do so again.

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For example, God healed me from a brutality and enabled me to disarm even the memory of it so I can think about it without any pain or sorrow. God has transformed it into depth of character in my own life that has caused me to be the Christian speaker and author that I am today. I am able to minister in ways that would have been impossible aside from me having gone through the difficult times.

When I thought my one-year-old daughter had stopped breathing and that she would be dead, I learned to release her to God. Years later when she went through open spine surgery, I was a stronger woman. Even though I didn’t want her to die, I opened my hands easily to God this time and was able to be a rock to my husband, who was going through the experience of releasing her for the first time.

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When my husband went through spinal surgery one year later, I could release him to God, although it was even more scary because my livelihood and entire life with him would be altered if I lost him. I was so glad and grateful when he made it through the surgery, and God gave him back to me. You see, I had practice in releasing all things to God, so I no longer had the rage in my spirit against God that I had when God almost took my baby away ten years earlier. I had learned to trust God, even if the outcome was not what I wanted.

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So today I want you to know that you will make it to the other side of your trial. That you will be gold. That any good things in you will be expanded. A small amount of endurance yields a harvest of a huge amount of endurance. You can be complete, lacking nothing on the other side of the trial (James 1:4).

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 ESV

Don’t forget, you are an overcomer!

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My daughter and I created the artwork for this series from the course {aff} “You are a Masterpiece” by Alicia Gratehouse. If you love to do art and are discovering who you are in Christ, this is a great art course for you!

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