It is good to be back again, beginning a new year with a heart eager to grow in the Lord with you. It is so easy to forget how much God loves us. We can start to do, do , do instead of believing that it is done, done, done.He only wants us "to be". To be what? No, "to be" with Him. How often we can forget that the Lord is alive, living His life in us and wants to draw us closer to His heart, saying to us,"sit with me"
I have been a believer for over forty years, and just recently the Lord spoke to my heart saying" My child, you are asleep." Honestly, I didn't
understand what He was talking about. "Where am I asleep , Lord? " I asked. "It is in your struggle against sin. You have mistaken your identity. There is an area of unbelief that I want to talk to you about. Do you not know that I MADE you righteous my daughter? Why do you yet struggle against sin? You still think you are a dirty rotten sinner, but, I have made you righteous apart from your good works," He explained. I had always believed in my position in Christ as a believer, but the thought of being MADE righteous in Christ Jesus had never occurred to me. I had been focusing on the sinner more than my new life in Christ, the saint, set apart to Christ.
The Lord was so gentle to show me this area of unbelief. I never felt condemned, just grateful, for His love and patience waiting for the time to reveal this truth. No wonder it has been easy for the devil to condemn me, especially when I didn't believe in MY HEART that I was MADE righteous in God through Jesus Christ. Once I began to explore my true identity in Christ, my whole Christian walk started to changed.
The bible says, "Awake to righteousness, and sin not." (1Cor.15:34) This now means so much more to me.
Every day, as I confess that "I am righteous in God through Jesus Christ", I am more aware of God's love and forgiveness than I am of myself. His love and grace can be emotionally very overwhelming.
In the New Year, I believe the Lord wants me to share with you our new identity in Christ. It will be something to ponder as we prayerfully grow together as sons and daughters of the living God. We will begin to experience God's intimate love for us and for each other.