As He Is, So Are You!

As He Is, So Are You!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:17. This verse says that as Jesus is, so are we – that in this world, we are like Him!

When we look at ourselves, we see our mistakes, our failures, and our imperfections. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness and perfection of His Son covering us. You are not who you once were! You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are in Christ. He is your new identity!

As Jesus is, so are you! As He is accepted by God, so are you! As He is loved by the Father, so are you! As He is in perfect right standing before the Most High, so are you! As He is free from sickness, fear, depression, discouragement, despair, and anxiety at God’s right hand, so are you!This freedom is available to you for the taking – receive it!

Begin to view yourself in this light. See yourself as God sees you. Find your identity in Christ!

New Creation, Reconciliation, and Right Standing Before God

New Creation, Reconciliation, and Right Standing Before GodWeek 28 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 1-5. These chapters begin another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 contains some amazing truths! These verses tell us that:

 

 

  • We are in Christ (v. 17). As believers, our identity is found in Him!
  • If we are in Christ, we are a new creation – the old has past, and the new has come (v. 17)! We are not who we once were. We have been made new.
  • We have been reconciled to God through Christ (v. 18-19). Because of what Jesus has done for us, there’s no longer anything standing between us and God. If we have accepted God’s gift of salvation, we have become His children, and He is our Heavenly Father!
  • We have been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (v. 18-19). This is the message that we are to share – not that God is ready and waiting to rain down judgement for every mistake we make, but that because of Christ’s finished work, He no longer holds our sins against, and we can be reconciled to Him.
  • God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God (v. 21). At the cross, He took our place of sin, that we might take His place of right standing before God!

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 is full of wonderful truths for us, as believers! May God use these verses to reveal to you who you in Christ more clearly than ever before!

My Declaration Of Freedom

My Declaration Of FreedomStarting today, I declare that I am no longer a slave. I am a child of God.

As God’s child, I no longer need to feel afraid or ashamed to stand before my Heavenly Father. I will no longer experience a sense of unworthiness in His presence, for I know that He has made me worthy by sending His Son to die for me, and become my righteousness.

I have been saved, redeemed, forgiven, and made right with God. When He looks at me, He no longer sees my sin. He sees Jesus’ righteousness covering me. I am in Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:17), and I am accepted, loved, cherished, and treasured by God, just as He is (1 John 4:17).

I recognize that it is the devil who wants me to feel condemned, defeated, depressed, discouraged, and worthless – like I don’t matter. These feelings are not from God. They never have been, and never will be. Therefore, I refuse to accept them. I am not a slave, who has to earn the approval of my master. I am a son or daughter of the Most High, to whom His approval and affection are freely given, without stipulation.

I refuse to accept the mindset of a slave – thinking that my relationship with God is based on my actions, and that when I mess up, my standing before Him suffers – and I refuse to attempt to bring others under such slavery. Instead, I will share the message of reconciliation, with which I have been entrusted – the good news that God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ, and is no longer counting their sins against them
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

I am not who I once was. I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am a completely different person. I have been perfected once and for all by the only Perfect One  (Hebrews 10:14).

I choose to believe what God says about me, rather the lies of the devil, who is the deceiver of the brethren (Revelation 12:9), and I will ask for God’s help to distinguish His truth from the lies.

This is my declaration of freedom, of sonship, and of unfailing right standing before God, who is my loving Heavenly Father.

My Declaration Of Freedom

The Past, and the Future God Has For You

The Past, and the Future God Has For YouWeek 17 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Acts 6-10. These chapters speak mainly of the spreading of the good news of what Christ had done, the story of Stephen (the first martyr), the conversion of Paul, the apostle, and Peter preaching the gospel to the household of Cornelius, the centurion.

The Apostle Paul wasn’t always a believer, bringing the gospel to many, and writing letters that would someday become a part of the New Testament. At one point, he was a persecutor of all who believed in Christ. After his encounter with Jesus, however, he was completely changed. Despite his past of threatening the church, God chose him to proclaim His name to others (Acts 9:15).

No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation
(2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer who you once were, and God wants to use you in ways that are beyond your wildest imaginings. Don’t allow your past actions to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Find and follow His purpose for you, leaving your past in the past, and stepping into the future that God has for you!

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You Are A New Creation In Christ

You Are A New Creation In ChristThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
2 Corinthians 5:17. It says that if we are in Christ, we are a new creation. The old has past, and the new has come!

We were once sinners, caught in our own transgressions.

We were lost. Alone. Distant. Without hope, and without God in the world
(Ephesians 2:12).

Because of what Christ has done for us, however, we are not who we once were. We have been made new.

We have been redeemed. Accepted. Forgiven. Rescued. Reconciled. Perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). Made right with our Heavenly Father.

This is not because of anything that we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. We are in Him, and He is our new identity. In this world, as He is, so are we
(1 John 4:17)! Next time you begin to feel guilty, condemned, or unworthy, remember that you are a new creation in Christ. The old has past, and the new has come!

A New Creation in Christ

A New Creation in ChristMany people look forward to the New Year as a fresh start – another chance to get it right, and to do better than the preceding year. All of us make mistakes. Many of us long for a new beginning, apart from the circumstances of our past.

For those of us who are in Christ, we are new creations. The old has past, and the new has come
(2 Corinthians 5:17)! We are no longer who we once were – without hope, and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). We have been born again, and are now God’s children (1 John 3:1)! Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Because we are in Christ, we have been qualified to receive all of God’s blessings. He is willing and able to restore all that we may have lost. Past choices – either our own, or those of others, which have affected us – do not need to dictate our future.

God has made available to you a whole new way of life through His Son’s work at the cross. However, you can’t live a new life until you realize that He has made all things new. His love and grace, and the truths of His Word, hold the power to transform you from the inside out. This year needn’t be one of failure. Because of His unmerited favor on your life, it can be your best year yet! The question is, will you receive the new life He offers you? Will you accept all that Christ has done for you, and the blessings made available to you in Him?