As we move into Week Five, we are more than halfway through our study of CHRISTLife: Embracing Your True and Deepest Identity. Here are a few highlights of our week to come:
● Dead To Sin
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Mrs. Myers makes such the good point: “It is not simply gritting our teeth, and repeating, ‘I’m dead to sin..I’m dead to sin…I insist I am dead to sin!’ (page 89)” Now the Truth is—we ARE dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus! It’s a fact.
● A Liberating Separation
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Our new nature, given to us at our new birth, reflects Jesus’ accomplishments on the Cross and afford us the reality of this new nature. The real y.o.u., Christ in you, yearns to be conformed to His image. It’s available…so step up, embrace all you are in Christ!
● United With Christ
For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
How equally humbling and exhilarating is it to proclaim, “My life IS Christ!” (If it wasn’t the Truth…we’d be foolish to think it; but IT IS!)
● One With Him In Spirit
If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life
to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
With this new life in us, all the attributes and qualities that are true of Christ are equally true of you (and me, too!) What He could do and did…I can also because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—
that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
What more could we need? In the fullness of God we have everything that is needed given to us by grace and due to mercy and in love!
Here we are right smack dab in the middle of our study, isn’t that amazing?!!? As we move forward, ladies, let’s not loosen our grasp on the Truth we have received. We have learned of–and BELIEVE—the images of ourselves that are communicated to us throughout the Scriptures. We are learning to replace the negative lies we have held onto with the positive images—the Truth—of how God sees us. “I am who God says I am’ is not simply a cute expression…it is the absolute Truth!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8 and 9