WHAT DO YOU SEE IN YOUR MIRROR? (How God Sees Us – 4)
If you were asked how to describe yourself, what would you say? Would you focus on your appearance? Or perhaps your skills and abilities? Would you refer to your accomplishments? Or would you downplay your strengths and better qualities and focus more on your struggles and weaknesses? When you look in a mirror, what do you see? God sees us as worthy of His death to pay for our sin. He values us more than we can imagine. We can’t allow Satan to steal our identity in Christ and replace it with lies that defeat and discourage us. This current series of blogs is to help you see yourself as Jesus sees you. This is your real identity in Christ. This is the 4th and last in a series of blogs about our real identity in Christ. Write down and memorize these verses so you won’t forget who that person in your mirror really is.
You have victory over Satan and demons. They use fear to try to control and defeat us, but our identity in Jesus assures us of victory over them because He is greater than they are (1 John 4:4). You must fight using the weapons God has provided (Ephesians 6:10-18). Don’t see yourself as a helpless victim, remember you are able to resist and overcome them in God’s strength. Colossians 1:13 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” Luke 10:18-20 “He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Don’t wonder if you will ever win – you are guaranteed victory. In fact, it is already yours!
You not only are freed from the control of Satan; you are also freed from the control of sin. That doesn’t mean there won’t be battles to overcome temptation and sin so you can live in the victory that is provided. You can still choose to sin, but you are no longer its helpless victim. Your identity is no longer that of a helpless victim but of a victorious overcomer. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Romans 6:2 “By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Galatians 2:20 “ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
You have God’s wisdom at your disposal. You are not ignorant pf how God sees you. Don’t be a victim of every lie that comes along. You have access to the mind of God. 1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. God will lead and direct you as a parent does a child in need. He will give wisdom and guidance. Trust Him for it.
God Himself lives within you. It’s very hard to imagine that the triune God, creator and sustainer of the whole universe, actually and truly lives inside you. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” Wouldn’t it be great if Jesus came to earth every few years and spent a week in Israel so you could travel there and be part of a crowd of millions who could actually see Him from a distance? If that sounds good, how much greater is it that He is here on earth 24-7 living inside of you? Make sure you include that important truth in your self-identity. When you see other Christians, remember that about them as well.
Remember these things. Learn to see yourself as God sees you. Don’t deny it, that is like calling Him a liar. Rest in His love and acceptance. Don’t let Satan rob you of the blessings you have because you are a child of God.
Has your spiritual identity been improving during the past month?
Which of these truths that were presented in these blogs do you need most right now? Write out the Bible verses and carry them with you. Read them whenever your true identity falters. Memorize them.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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