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Ten Things I Am in Christ:

 

 

 

 

 

# 1: I Am a New Creation

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” [NKJV: II Cor. 5:17]. That means that I am not who I used to be; I am a new creation. I am who God says I am. The old things of fear, doubt, inferiority, lack, and depression have gone. Most Christians think that they are just an old sinner saved by grace, but that’s not true. Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘creation’ as “an original work of art”. I was an old sinner saved by grace, but now I am a new creation in Christ! Before, when God looked at me, He saw a sinner, but now when He looks at me He sees me in Christ. In other words: when He looks at me; He is not looking at my sins, He is looking at the perfection of Christ! Therefore, the Bible says: “we are complete (perfect) in Him.” [NKJV: Col.: 2:10a].  Christianity is not about me trying to live for the Lord, but rather, it is the Lord living through me. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” [KJV: I Cor. 3:16]. This was never possible under the Old Testament, but you and I are new creations in Christ. We are His dwelling place.

 

# 2: I Am  Righteous

“For God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” [NKJV: II Cor. 5:21]. We are not righteous because of what we do, but because of what He did. Therefore; “Put on the new man, who was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” [NKJV: Eph. 4:24]. He didn’t say we were becoming righteous and holy, He said He created us that way, past tense; you are what God says you are. You are no longer a sinner; you are now the righteousness of God in Christ. You may ask, “how can I be righteous?” That first verse says Jesus never committed sin, but it says God made Him to be sin, and in the same way, it says that God made us to be righteous! In other words, when Jesus hung on that cross, He became what we were; and when we accepted Him, we became what He was! On that cross Jesus became our substitute. You were not a sinner because you sinned; you were born a sinner because of Adam. Then, when you were born again, you were made righteous because of Christ. Righteousness means: to be able to stand in the presence of God the Father as though you had never sinned; because you put your trust in the finished work of Christ.

 

# 3: I Am Delivered

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son” [KJV: Col. 1:13]. This has got to be one of my most favorite verses in the Bible. I spent most of my Christian life trying to get delivered from nicotine and Satan, then one day the Holy Spirit showed me that verse. It didn’t say I would be delivered, it said I was delivered. Two thousand years ago on a cross, I was delivered, from ALL of the powers of darkness. You see it’s only the truth that you know that will set you free and no one ever told me that when I got saved it was a packaged deal. Everything that you need for life and victory was done 2,000 years ago on Calvary. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is. The problem is that you are more mindful of the natural, earthly, fleshly world than you are of what has taken place in the realm of the Spirit. If you will get your eyes off of your performance and just focus on Jesus’ performance, you will begin to move from revelation to revelation, by the Holy Spirit. Men want to get you focused on your own performance, but Christianity has never been about ‘sinful mans’ performance; it has been, and always will be, about the performance and finished work of Jesus Christ.

 

# 4: I Am More Than a Conquer 

“In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Rom 8:37. Through our union with Christ God has created to be victorious in life, not to live defeated and depressed. Look at this verse in Rom. 5:17 “……those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” That is talking about the Christian they are the ones who received an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. God has determined for His children to be more than conquers in this life, that is why John said, “Greater is He that is in you than anything in this world.” That means through Christ there is overcoming power living in every born again believer on earth. The Apostle Paul said it was the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Now that is conquering power.

 

# 5: I Am Dead to Sin

“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him” [KJV: Rom. 6:8]. You also have verses like: Galatians 2:20b, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ that lives in me.” Many people are preoccupied with dying to self. While it is true that Jesus said, you must deny yourself but keep in mind that He was speaking to Jewish people living under the Law of Moses (RF/KJV: Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). We, on the other hand, are born again children of God.  When we were born again, we died with Christ, were buried with Him, and then raised together with Him in newness of life. In other words, the state of being dead to sin already exists for the Christian. People who are preoccupied with dying to themselves will never experience their new life with Christ. The same way that Christ is dead to sin, so are we, because we are in Him. That is why Romans 6:11 says, “Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin.” Begin to focus your attention on the fact that you are already dead to sin and that you have been raised up with Christ. In other words, focus on your new life, not the old one. Remember, whatever you focus your attention on will get bigger and bigger.

 

#6: I Am “A Son of God”

1 John 3:2a [KJV] states, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God…” The Bible says that Jesus was The Son of God, but here it says that NOW we are also! The average Christian today has such a small concept of the finished work of Christ that this is a hard saying for them to grasp. Many people think that their sins were forgiven and every few days they need to get them forgiven again. Well Jesus said “you must be born again.” When you accepted Christ you were born again and according to 1 John 5:1a [KJV], “WHOSEVER BELIEVETH that Jesus is the Christ is born of God…” Therefore, God is your Father and you are His Sons and Daughters. The children of Israel on the other hand, were servants who had their sins forgiven once a year.  You, as God’s children have been born again, and the Bible says that God will remember your sins no more [RF. KJV: Heb. 10:17].  Now look at Heb. 4:16 [KJV]; it says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” A person with a servant mentality will come groveling; only Sons and Daughters will come boldly.

 

#7: I Am a “Partaker of the Divine Nature”

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature…” [KJV: 2 Peter 1:4a].  The average Christian today has no concept of the power and ability that abides within them. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “I am crucified with Christ…” [KJV: Gal. 2:20a], “buried with Christ”, “raised from the dead with Christ” (RF. KJV: Rom.6:4&5), and then “seated with Christ in heavenly places” (RF. KJV: Eph. 2:6). In Ga. 2:20a [NKJV], he said it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” If you think Christianity is about you living for God you are missing it. Christianity is all about God living in and through you, not you living for Him. It is His Divine nature living in you! It is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead! No wonder the Bible says things like …“we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us…” (RF. KJV Rom. 8:37b), or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” [NKJV: Phillip. 4:13], and… “nothing will be impossible for you” [NKJV: Matt. 17:20c], and “If God be for us, who can be against us?”[KJV: Rom. 8:31b].  Don’t allow your five senses to rule your life. You are not who you think you are; you are who God says you are.  You can do what God says you can do, and you have what God says you have.

 

#8: I Am the “Healed of the Lord”

“Who His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” [KJV: 1 Peter 2:24]. Most people believe the first part of that verse that says, He bare our sins but they have a hard time with last part that says we were healed. People try to argue it away by saying this verse is talking about ‘spiritual sicknesses’. The word ‘healed’ is the same word used many times in the gospel when Jesus physically healed people. Jesus himself said that believers would lay their hands on the sick and they would be healed (RF. KJV: Mark 16:18c]. When it comes to physical healing, our problem lies with our five senses. We put more confidence in our feelings and what we can see, than we do in what God All Mighty said! In the book of James He said, if there are any sick in the church, that we were to call for the elders and pray the prayer of faith, anointing them with oil, and then God would save the sick (RF. KJV: James 5: 14&15]. God gets no pleasure in seeing His Children sick, broke or in sin. He does not get glory in your sickness; He gets glory in your healing! “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all…” Acts 10:38. [NKJV] He healed all, not some.

 

#9: I Am a “Joint Heir with Christ”

Rom. 8:17a [NKJV] “…if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” The Christian is a joint heir with Christ. Do you have a joint bank account with your spouse? That means that both of you have equal rights to what is in that account. You do not have to have your spouses’ permission to make a withdrawal; you can do that within your own rights. Jesus gave Peter a glimpse of this when He said … “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” [NKJV: Matt.16:19b].  Then we see Peter putting this principle into action after the resurrection in Acts chapter 3 [vs. 6 NKJV], when Peter spoke to a lame man and said, “Silver and Gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” He did not pray and ask anyone else to do it; He just commanded it by faith, just like Jesus did! This was because he was now a joint heir with Him. “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason, He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” [NKJV: Heb. 2:11].  Jesus is our brother, God is our Father, and we are joint heirs of the Divine Nature.

 

#10: I Am “Seated with Him on the Throne”

“Even whenwe were dead in trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” [NKJV: Eph. 2:5-6]. In your mind you may be sitting in your living room reading the newspaper right now, but in the mind of All Mighty God you are seated in heavenly places with Christ. In other words, in the mind of God, you and I are sitting on the throne of God; because when we were born again, God put Christ in us and put us in Christ! There are two sides to your redemption; legal and vital. The vital side is what the Holy Spirit is doing in you and through you on a daily basis. The other is the legal side, and that is what Jesus did or for us in His death, burial and resurrection. It is through this legal side that God sees us, His children, seated in a position of authority, on the throne ‘in Christ Jesus’. In other words; God has restored man back to a position of authority that Adam lost in the fall. Remember, the Bible says we are ‘more than conquerors’ (RF. NKJV: Rom 8:37), but child of God, until you can see yourself in that position of authority with Christ in the heavenly realm, you will never live a consistent, victorious life.

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