Our Victory in Christ

 

This is the third teaching by Shirley.  It is very important to understand the exchange of our life for Christ’s life.  In having this knowledge we learn how to live in the victory of Christ!

 WE NEED TO REVIEW AND REPEAT WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED THRU LESSONS 1 & 2 AND EXPAND ON IT. SO, GOD HAS CRUCIFIED YOUR OLD MAN WHO WAS A SINNER SEPARATED FROM GOD. WHEN YOU ASKED CHRIST INTO YOUR LIFE AND REPENTED FROM YOUR SINS HE KILLED YOUR OLD SINFUL NATURE (OLD MAN) AND GAVE YOU A NEW NATURE. THE SPIRIT OF GOD CAME TO LIVE IN YOU AND HAS GIVEN YOU A NEW LIFE. (GALATIANS 2.20) CHRIST IS YOUR LIFE, SO YOU WILL BECOME MORE CHRISTLIKE AS TIME GOES ON. IT IS A HEAVENLY LIFE, NOT A WORLDLY LIFE. GOD IS PREOCCUPIED WITH BRINGING YOU INTO FULL AWARENESS OF YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST. YOU ARE NO LONGER SEPARATED FROM GOD BUT HE LIVES INSIDE OF YOU AND HE HAS PROMISED HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. GLORY TO GOD! HE IS WITH YOU EVERY HOUR, EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. HE IS GUIDING YOU, ENCOURAGING YOU, WARNING YOU, PROTECTING YOU, AND LOVING YOU. GOD IS PREOCCUPIED WITH THE NEW YOU. THE BIBLE SAYS HE REJOICES OVER YOU WITH SINGING. ZEP. 3.17. HE IS NOT TRYING TO CHANGE YOU FROM WHAT YOU WERE BEFORE RECEIVING CHRIST. HE HAS ALREADY DEALT WITH YOUR OLD MAN.

 HE IS DEAD AND BURIED, AND WE ARE DEAD TO THE POWER OF SIN. OUR JOB AS NEW CREATIONS IS TO KEEP THE OLD MAN DEAD AND BURIED AND IN THE GRAVE. THERE IS NO RESURRECTION FOR OUR OLD MAN, KEEP HIM WHERE GOD PUT HIM, IN THE GRAVE. SIN HAS NO POWER OVER YOU AS A NEW CREATION. CHRIST IN YOU CANNOT MIX WITH THE OLD YOU AND HE WANTS YOU TO FOCUS ON THE NEW YOU.  WHEN THE ENEMY WHISPERS THINGS FROM YOUR PAST, HE IS TRYING TO GET YOUR FOCUS OFF OF WHO YOU ARE, A SAINT, WITH ALL POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER THE ENEMY.LUKE 10.19.  HE IS TRYING TO BRING GUILT AND CONDEMNATION ON YOU SO THAT YOU WILL NOT FULFILL YOUR DESTINY IN CHRIST. SPEAK OUT LOUD THE WORD OF GOD OVER HIS LIES, AS OFTEN AS YOU NEED TO IN ORDER TO KEEP HIM IN HIS PLACE (UNDER YOUR FEET) THE WORD OF GOD WILL CANCEL THE LIES. KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS. HE CLEANSED YOU FROM THE OLD SINNER THAT YOU WERE AND BURIED THE OLD YOU IN THE GRAVE. HE RESURRECTED YOU A NEW CREATION. (2 COR. 5.17 THEREFORE IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE THE NEW HAS COME! THE NEW YOU HAS BEEN CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. SO NO NEED TO GIVE ANY ATTENTION TO THINGS FROM THE PAST, GOD DEALT WITH THEM GOD WANTS YOU TO GRASP AND GET A HOLD OF THE NEW YOU. HIS WORD SAYS YOU ARE A SAINT. SO DON’T MIX THE OLD AND THE NEW, IT WON’T WORK.   YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN AND RAISED UP BY GOD TO A NEW LIFE THAT DID NOT EXIST BEFORE. JOHN 3.5.

 SO, TO SUMMARIZE WHO WE ARE GRAHAM COOKE IDENTIFIES CHRISTIANS AS LIFECHANGERS, CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED BY JESUS SACRIFICE AT CALVARY, AND WHO LIVE THEIR LIVES AS NEW CREATIONS IMPACTING THOSE AROUND THEM AND THE WORLD AROUND THEM WITH THE LOVE OF GOD. I HOPE YOU WILL GRAB HOLD OF THESE TRUTHS BECAUSE THEY WILL ENABLE YOU TO WALK IN VICTORY OVER ALL THE ENEMY THROWS AT YOU.

 YOU ARE A WORK IN PROGRESS. LEARN NOT TO SPEAK THE NEGATIVE BUT INSTEAD SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD OVER YOUR SITUATION. FOR EXAMPLE, NOT, “I HAVE DONE SO MANY TERRIBLE THINGS GOD COULD NEVER FORGIVE OR LOVE ME”.  EXCUSE ME BUT NO, THAT PERSON DOES NOT EXIST ANY MORE. GOD KILLED THAT PERSON AND BURIED THAT PERSON YOU WERE IS IN THE GRAVE WITH CHRIST.  HE RAISED YOU UP A NEW CREATION WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE OF YOU AND CHRIST IS YOUR LIFE. BE SURE YOUR LANGUAGE MATCHES WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN YOU.  YOU ARE A BRAND NEW CREATION, THE OLD YOU DOESN’T EXIST ANY MORE.  GOD IS FOCUSED ON TEACHING YOU WHO YOU ARE NOW THAT CHRIST IS YOUR LIFE. REMEMBER YOU CAN’T BE WHO YOU WERE BEFORE RECEIVING CHRIST AND AT THE SAME TIME WHO YOU ARE WITH CHRIST IN YOU.

THAT WON’T WORK. THE OLD YOU WILL TRY TO RISE UP IN YOU-I.E., I AM SUCH A SINNER-BUT GOD SAYS NO, YOU ARE A SAINT WHO IS HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS BY JESUS BLOOD. RECEIVE IT AND WALK IN IT. YOU NEED TO USE KINGDOM OF GOD VOCABULARY, NOT THE LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD. WHO WILL YOU BELIEVE, GOD OR THE DEVIL.

FIND SCRIPTURE THAT REALLY SPEAKS TO YOU AND BUILD YOUR NEW LIFE AROUND IT.  FOR EXAMPLE, NOT I CAN’T DO THESE THINGS I FEEL GOD IS LEADING ME TO DO, BUT INSTEAD, ‘I CAN DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. PHIL 4:13.

IN MY PERSONAL LIFE, GOD SPOKE TO ME THAT I WAS GOING TO NATIONS AND FOR THE RIDE OF MY LIFE WITH HIM. IT DIDN’T SEEM POSSIBLE, BUT THAT WAS OLD MAN THINKING. INSTEAD, I KEPT SPEAKING ALOUD WHAT GOD HAD SPOKEN

 TO MY HEART.   IN GOD’S PERFECT TIMING I STARTED GOING TO NATIONS SHARING THE GOSPEL. THAT WAS 13 YEARS AGO AND I AM STILL GOING. I WILL BE 80 NEXT YEAR AND STILL SEEING THE LORD DO MARVELOUS THINGS.

WE HAVE HAD MANY REPETITIONS IN THESE 3 TEACHINGS, BUT REPETITION IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO REALLY GRAB HOLD OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE BY GIVING YOU A NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST.

 SLAY THOSE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE LIKE DAVID DID. THE WORD OF GOD IS YOUR SWORD, DECLARE IT OVER GIANTS LIKE SICKNESS, PAIN DISCOURAGEMENT, UNBELIEF, AND WATCH THOSE GIANTS FALL.

 

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Blessings,

Maria Schaefer / Director of Freedom In Yeshua Ministries