Day Five: This is who “I am.”

I am a child of God (John 1:12).
I am part of the true vine,
and Christ’s life flows through me (John 15:1, 5).
I am a coheir with Christ, inheriting his glory (Romans 8:17).
I am a temple – a dwelling place – for God.
His Spirit and his life live in me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).
I am a part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).
I am a new person in Christ.
My past is forgiven and everything is new (2 Cor.5:17).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved
(Colossians 3:12, 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I am a child of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
I am only a visitor to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11).
I am a child of God,
and I will be like Christ when he returns (1 John 3:1,2).
I am born again in Christ, and the evil one – the devil – cannot touch me
(1 John 5:18).

Since I am in Christ, by the grace of God…

The sinful person I used to be died with Christ,
and sin no longer rules my life (Romans 6:1-6).
I am free from the punishment (condemnation) my sin deserves (Romans 8:1).
I have been given the mind of Christ.
He gives me his wisdom to make right choices (1 Corinthians 2:16).
I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me. The life I now live is Christ’s life (Galatians 2:20).
I have been bought out of slavery to sin (redeemed) and forgiven.
I have received his generous grace (Ephesians 1:7-8).
I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).
I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).

Prayer: Father, I am so thankful that I am who you say I am, completely belonging to You.  I choose to live today declaring these truths over my heart and mind no matter what comes my way.

-JK

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Day Four: “Divine Escape Key”

1 Corinthians 10:13  (NLT) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 

Our God is incredibly generous, never stingy.  He does not withhold anything good from us. He remains faithful even when we are not.

He presence is always with you, as He promised.
He is with you right at this moment.

1 Corinthians 10:13 lets us know that temptation and trials will come to us all – we are to expect it. This is not to discourage us  – just the opposite.  We are not alone.

God promises that there is hope and comfort for us under all circumstances.  And He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.

He  gives us a ‘divine escape key’  so that there is always a way out which He provides.  The Spirit living inside of us will guide us when we humbly yield our hearts and thoughts to Him.

This means that we can no longer say ‘I could not help myself or I could not resist.’  Remember that God knows what we can handle and promised that divine escape key!

Prayer: Father, may we proclaim the truth of victory we have in Christ. And that You will provide a way when there seems to be no way out.

-JK

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Day Three: “Your New Wardrobe chosen for you”

Colossians 3  (MSG version)

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.

And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy.

It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

And cultivate thankfulness.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the new wardrobe of love you have chosen for me and poured into my heart.  In joyful obedience, I want to live this Truth today.  Help me Lord, so that whatever I am doing today, all will be to the glory of You.  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

-JK

 

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Day Two: “Doing the Stuff: Submit to God, Flee and Resist”

1 Corinthians 10: 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

What if we sense we are going down the wrong path—toward something not good at all?

It may begin with life’s trials.  And, in not delighting to walk in the Spirit—shown by a lack of genuine worship and prayer, coupled with obstinate neglect of the Word and Church—our lives may succumb to temptations.

Then, sins; sinful thoughts and habits.  And, even more.

Prolonged patterns of behavior, and reluctant but strangely willing rejection of all that is good, truthful and beautiful. And, we, like the prodigal son, run from the Father.

We soon sense we are on the edge of a precipice; and, there are even skirmishes with the sinister.

Like the story we read earlier in chapter 10, we feel our bodies in danger of being “scattered in the wilderness”.

What do we do?  How do we get out?

How do we come back to love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?  How do we feel the embrace of our Father again?

The verses from 1 Corinthians and James give the clearest answer:

Submit to God.  Flee from idolatry.  Resist the devil (and he will flee from you).

If you sense any of the above today—from giving into temptations, and so on.

Then, Submit to God, Flee and Resist!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you that we were washed, sanctified and justified in your name (1 Corinthians 6:11).  Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may live powerfully, truthfully and beautifully for you.  We will submit and obey you and you only!  In Christ Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Here is a vintage video from Pastor John Wimber on “Doing the Stuff”
(3 minutes and 39 seconds) (Click here)

-JK

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Day One: “Just as I am, to Christ the Solid Rock”

1 Corinthians 10:3-4 They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus is the Lord, yesterday, today and forever?

In no uncertain terms, Apostle Paul declares that “the rock that accompanied” the Israelites in the time of Exodus was Jesus.

And, repeatedly (5 times!) in Deuteronomy 32, the Rock is identified as the LORD God.

3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.

From the beginning of the creation and until now, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NIV/NLT)

So today we pray and sing,

“Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!”

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”

“Just As I Am” (click here)

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock)”
(click here)

-JK

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