Life in Christ 2

Greetings,

This is the second teaching by Shirley on Life in Christ.  We welcome the truth she is sharing in this teaching!

Blessings,

Maria Schaefer / Director of Freedom in Yeshua Ministries

 

LIFE EXCHANGE

#2

 THIS TEACHING IS ADAPTED FROM GRAHAM COOKE’S LIFECHANGERS SERIES.  IN OUR LAST SESSION GRAHAM COOKE WAS URGING CHRISTIANS TO PRAY TO GOD OUT OF OUR NEW LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND NOT OUT OF OUR PAST RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. (I.E. SINNER) JUST WHAT DOES THAT MEAN- OUR PAST RELATIONSHIP, BEFORE CHRIST, OUR RELATIONSHIP WAS THAT OF AN ENEMY OF GOD AND A SINNER. BUT UPON REPENTING OF OUR SIN AND ASKING CHRIST INTO OUR LIVES, RECEIVING HIS LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND HOLY SPIRIT, GOD HAS ADOPTED US INTO HIS FAMILY AND WE HAVE BECOME NEW CREATIONS, WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD INDWELLING US FOREVER. GOD HAS TAKEN CARE OF OUR SIN PROBLEM AND WE ARE NO LONGER SEPARATED FROM GOD AND AN ENEMY OF GOD. HE WANTS TO TEACH US WHO WE ARE AS NEW CREATIONS AND MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY BY FAITH. HE WILL USE OUR  CIRCUMSTANCES TO DO THAT AND BRING US FROM ONE LEVEL OF FAITH TO ANOTHER. EPHESIANS 1..3  WE HAVE RECEIVED EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST JESUS, (I’LL REPEAT THAT AGAIN, WE HAVE RECEIVED EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST JESUS) AND OUR FOCUS  IS NOT ON OUR PAST AND SINS WHICH WERE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, BUT OUR FOCUS IS ON OUR PRESENT POSITION IN CHRIST JESUS AND ALL THE BLESSINGS IN CHRIST THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US.

GOD WANTS OUR FOCUS ON HIM AND WHO WE NOW ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. EPHESIANS 2 SAYS WE HAVE BEEN MADE ALIVE TOGETHER WITH CHRIST AND HE RAISED US UP WITH HIM, IN OUR SPIRIT, AND SEATED US WITH HIM IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS. THIS MEANS SATAN AND ALL DEMONS, ALL POWERS OF DARKNESS ARE UNDER OUR FEET SINCE WE ARE ETERNALLY IN CHRIST JESUS AND HE IS IN US AND HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US.  GOD HAS COMPLETED HIS WORK ON THE OLD YOU, HE KILLED THE OLD YOU ON THE CROSS WITH CHRIST. HE IS TEACHING US WHO WE ARE NOW ASNEW CREATIONS SO THAT WE WILL EACH WALK IN THE FULLNESS OF OUR NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST.

SO LOOK AND LIVE IN THE PRESENT AND IN THE FUTURE.  A LOVED CHILD OF GOD WHO HAS RECEIVED GOD’S FREE GIFT OF LOVE AND FORGIVENESS FOR ALL SINS, PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE. SO FOCUS ON YOUR NEW IDENTITY AND POSITION IN CHRIST WHO GOD AND ALL THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN REJOICE OVER. YOUR PAST LIFE IS GONE FOREVER BY GOD’S POWER.  SPEND YOUR TIME IN WORSHIP AND THANKSGIVING AND ADORATION OF THE ONE WHO HAS GIVEN YOU A SECOND BIRTH, AND REJOICE THAT YOU ARE NOW HIS FOREVER. LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THE NEW YOU.

 THE PAST IS DEAD AND BURIED; YOUR FOCUS SHOULD BE ON YOUR PRESENT/FUTURE. WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE DAILY. GOD KILLED THE OLD YOU WHEN YOU RECEIVED CHRIST AND HE TOOK CARE

OF ALL YOUR PAST. FOCUS ON YOUR BLESSINGS IN CHRIST.  HE HAS GIVEN YOU POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER THE EVIL ONE.

 Luke 10.19  BEHOLD I HAVE GIVEN YOU AUTHORITY TO TREAD ON SERPENTS AND SCORPIONS AND OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, AND NOTHING WILL INJURE YOU.  SO DO NOT FOCUS ON YOUR PAST, BUT YOUR PRESENT AND FUTURE. FOCUS ON YOUR PRESENT (NEW CREATION/FUTURE) AND WHO YOU ARE BECOMING THRU CHRIST IN YOU. MORE CHRISTLIKE EVERYDAY, THE RESURRECTED YOU, WITH CHRIST AS YOUR LIFE. REMEMBER YOU HAVE RECEIVED EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST JESUS AND YOU ARE SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS. HALLELUJAH AND GLORY TO GOD. SATAN AND ALL DEMONS ARE UNDER YOUR FEET!

 LET’S REVIEW WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT OUR CREATION AND OUR FALL. GEN. 1.26 GOD SPEAKING, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, ACCORDING TO OUR LIKENESS 27 GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM, MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM.  BUT WHEN ADAM/EVE CHOSE TO DISOBEY GOD AND ATE FROM THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND

EVIL, GOD LEFT THEM AND NO LONGER LIVED INSIDE OF THEM.  NO LONGER WERE THEY IN THE IMAGE OF GOD BECAUSE THEY HAD DISOBEYED HIM AND TURNED TO DISOBEDIENCE AND SATAN. BUT GOD HAD A PLAN TO RESTORE MANKIND TO HIMSELF.  IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, LAID DOWN HIS LIFE WILLINGLY AT CALVERY TO RESTORE MANKIND’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. YOU SEE THE PUNISHMENT FOR SIN IS DEATH, AND THE ONLY HUMAN WHO WAS SIN FREE WAS JESUS. JESUS STOOD IN FOR EACH ONE OF US, ME YOU AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RACE. HE POURED OUT HIS LIFEBLOOD, PURE AND HOLY, TO PAY FOR EACH OF OUR SINS AND GIVE EACH 1 OF US THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO BEING MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE. HE WASHED AWAY OUR SINS AND PROMISED TO RETURN TO LIVE IN EACH 1 OF US WHO BELIEVED IN HIM, CONFESSED OUR SINS, AND TURNED FROM SIN TO JESUS AND INVITED HIM INTO OUR HEART AS LORD, (BOSS) SAVIOR AND LIFE. ONCE WE ACCEPT THIS GRACIOUS GIFT OF GOD HE COMES TO INDWELL US WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT, THE 3RD PERSON OF THE TRINITY, WHO TEACHES AND GUIDES US, SANCTIFIES US THAT WE BECOME MORE CHRISTLIKE DAILY, UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN WE PASS FROM THIS WORLD TO BE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN FOR ETERNITY, AGAIN, MADE OVER IN HIS IMAGE!

GOD WANTS TO CHANGE SOME THINGS IN EACH 1 OF US SO THAT WE WILL REFLECT MORE OF HIM. HE WILL DO THIS THRU SITUATIONS HE PRESENTS TO US AND OUR RESPONSE.

WHILE WE CHRISTIANS ARE HERE ON EARTH GOD LEADS US TO BE MORE AND MORE CHRISTLIKE THRU OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. OUR JOB IS TO SEEK GOD IN OUR SITUATIONS AND ASK HIM WHAT HE WANTS

TO BE FOR US IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE, TO READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE GOD’S WORD, WILL TRANSFORM US.  HE IS ALREADY YOUR SAVIOR, MAYBE HE WANTS TO BE YOUR HEALER, IN WHICH CASE YOU MAY NEED TO ASK HIM WHAT YOU ARE TO DO TO COOPERATE WITH HIM. PERHAPS HE WANTS TO BE LORD IN WHICH CASE YOUR PART IS TO OBEY HIM, BUT FIRST ASK HIM WHAT YOU ARE TO DO TO COOPERATE WITH HIM. HE WILL BRING EACH 1 OF US FROM 1 LEVEL OF FAITH TO ANOTHER LEVEL OF FAITH. IF WE FAIL TO PASS THE TEST, HE DOESN’T LEAVE US, BUT IS GRACIOUS AND GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO AROUND THE MOUNTAIN AGAIN AND GET IT RIGHT. ROM. 8.29 WE ARE PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED TO HIS IMAGE, WE ARE CARRIERS OF HIS PRESENCE. REMEMBER MOSES, HAD TO WEAR A VEIL BECAUSE GOD’S PRESENCE WAS SO STRONG IN HIM. WELL, WHEN WE WALK INTO A ROOM, GOD’S PRESENCE SHOULD BE ALL OVER US!

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