Contemplating life this morning, my personal life has had numerous ups and lots of downs in the past few years. I have noticed I have even become jaded towards many of the things I used to take for granted. Because of the downs I have had issues with dealing with others happiness moments, I’ve been jealous and my inner me has shut off emotions and possibly even fostered bitterness inside.
This has a tendency to isolate. I have not noticed it as much due to the fact at the same time I have become very open and honest with other areas in myself. The Cure by John Lynch has been excellent in helping me see the facade I have had put on for 40+ years. Although I still have had areas where I continue to mask. With that being said I have felt I have been more real than ever before. Ask me a question and you may hear more than you want.
But back to the contemplating….
I have shut my self off but in error. I have perceived others happiness but have realized that often my perception is based on what the other person or couple is wanting to have portrayed. Talking with people who seem to have things together or in comparison more together than me… Guess what? They are human to and possibly have more issues than you or me. We are all-out there trying to keep things together, some better than others.
When you see people or things and think that their lawn is greener than yours, remember they are people and have struggles that you may not know that they may be trying to hide whether it’s shame or pride it doesn’t matter. When you see people try looking beyond the mask, look at the person within not the outer facade or mask.
Those people that annoy you, look beyond the actions, change your perspective. Being jaded is not a good thing, it brings bitterness and isolation.
- My identity is not based on my abilities or what others think about me.
- Be real with yourself and others
These are bringing me freedom.
When putting together a resume you want to put it out there who you are and to put the object of your purpose. A resume should say who you are in a short concise manner.
Paul was a very accomplished individual. He was a learned man, a Pharisee, he was known as a zealous man who prior to his conversion he persecuted the followers of Jesus. He was known and feared. He was a brilliant mind, a commanding knowledge of philosophy and religion, and could debate with the most educated scholars of his day.
After his conversion is credited for writing at least 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament. The dude should have an impressive Resume…
Yet when reading the New Testament he does not intriguing himself on his accolades.
In Romans he opens it up on verse 1 with his resume;
“Paul, passionately engaged by Jesus Christ, identified in him to represent him. My mandate and message is to announce the goodness of God to mankind”
Okay, so this is not necessarily his resume but he states his accreditation and his objective.
He is validated by his “passionate engagement in Christ, identified in HIM to represent HIM”
“My mandate and message is to announce the goodness of God to mankind”
His identity was not based on himself, it was not based on his abilities, or his history. It was purely based on Christmas in him. It was determined by not what he could do for God, but what God had done for him, what God had provided already.
It’s relational it’s not ability or accomplishment based.
In the start to his letter to the Ephesians he re-asserts his resume;
1 Paul, employed by the delightful resolve of God and commissioned to represent Jesus Christ to the saints in Ephesus, also to every believer in Christ Jesus,
2 I greet you with the grace and peace that proceed from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Let’s celebrate God! He lavished every blessing heaven has upon us in Christ!
4 He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world ! Jesus is God’s mind made up about mankind! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before him in blameless innocence.
It’s on God’s doing and action not what man could ever do!
“A bird is defined not by being grounded but by his ability to fly. Remember this, humans are defined not by their limitations, but by the intentions I have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my image”
Man is not to be defined by man’s abilities or accomplishments or even lack of accomplishment. Man is defined by God’s thoughts towards man. God calls mankind his beloved sons and daughters, full heirs to His inheritance now. Not at some future point in time but right now. 2 Corinrhians 3:18 speaks of a man looking into a mirror and seeing God’s reflection. A mirror sees/reflects only what is directly in front of it at that exact time. Not some future point but right now.
1 John 4:17
English Standard Version
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
Contemplating from Romans and Hebrews this morning
There is a difference between a reward and a gift. One is worked for the other is given. It is for lack of understanding of one’s identity that changes a paradigm of “I can do this, it’s on my shoulders” to “it’s been done for me, striving is no more.”
Romans 4:1-4 (Mirror Word Bible a paraphrase)
4: 1 If we look at our father Abraham as an example and scrutinize his life, would you say that he discovered any reason for placing confidence in the flesh through personal contribution? (What qualified Abraham to be the father of the multitudes of nations? The only part he played was his unwavering belief in God’s faith in him.)
4: 2 If he felt that his friendship with God was a reward for good behavior, then surely he would have reason to recommend the recipe; yet it is plain to see that it was all God’s initiative from start to finish!
4: 3 Scripture is clear, “Abraham believed what God believed about him and that concluded his righteousness.”
4: 4 There is a large difference between a reward and a gift: if you have earned something through hard work ; what you receive in return is your due and certainly not a gift
It’s that revelation of that gift, that I do not have to work for a position or standing before God. That sin nature I have fought and struggled with my whole life has in the past crushed me. It has caused pain, depression, inferiority, and a feeling of failure. Identity, how God sees me, has made that view of sin nature far less daunting. I used to spend 90% of my time contending with my flesh. I based my relationship on my ability to control my sin management. The verse in Hebrews below, reminds me of Romans 6:10-11 ” For when he died, he died once and for all as far as sin is concerned. But now that he is alive, he lives for God.
In the same way, you too must continuously consider yourselves dead as far as sin is concerned, but living for God through the Messiah Jesus. “(International Standard Version)
I (God) have deleted the records of your sins, past tense a given, it’s already been done. Our confidence is firmly set in what He has done and how He sees us and defines mankind. It’s this definition that propels me to be or do. If I do a work or deed from this point on it is not out a self doing or self production (hope that makes sense). It is living out of Christ in me, Him living in and through me. He is love, He is love and because of that or through that I can now actually love people and want to see them as God sees them. It’s a paradigm shift. “We have a high priest in the house” and I am that house, I am His address! That freedom to approach Him with and in confidence knowing He sees me as complete, holy, sanctified, righteous, and not a work in progress but as a full standing loved completely son and or daughter. …
It frees you to see yourself not as you see you but how God sees you.
Hebrews 10:17-24 (Mirror Word Bible, a paraphrase)
10: 17 This is final: I have deleted the record of your sins and misdeeds. I no longer recall them. (Nothing in God’s reference of man, reminds him of sin.)
10: 18 Sins were dealt with in such a thorough manner that no further offerings would ever again be required. Nothing that we can personally sacrifice could add further virtue to our innocence.
10: 19 Brethren, this means that through what the blood of Jesus communicates and represents, we are now welcome to access this ultimate place of sacred encounter with unashamed confidence.
10: 20 A brand new way of life has been introduced. Because of his flesh torn on the cross (our own flesh can no longer be a valid excuse to interrupt the expression of the life of our design).
10: 21 We have a High Priest in the house!
10: 22 We are free to approach him with absolute confidence, fully persuaded in our hearts that nothing can any longer separate us from him. We are invited to draw near now! We are thoroughly cleansed, inside and out, with no trace of sin’s stains on our conscience or conduct. The sprinkled blood purges our inner thought-patterns; our bodies also are bathed in clean water. (Our behavior bears witness to this.)
10: 23 Our conversation echoes his persuasion; his faithfulness backs his promises. (His integrity inspires our confession.)
10: 24 Let us also think of creative ways by which we can influence one another to find inspired expression in doing things that benefit others. Good actions give voice and volume to the love of God.
That is my thoughts so far for this morning. Not necessarily fully thought out…
Jesus is what God thinks about you
This was given to me this morning by a friend. It was an email he had received. ..
“Here is my offering – therfore as it is impossible that we should not please Him through our faith, which clings to His righteousness. Hence it follows that a Christian is entirely without sin. And even if he sins, they can in no ways harm, but are forgiven for the sake of the inexhaustible righteousness of Christ which swallows up all sin and on which our faith relies…”
You please Him right now as you are! That is the Gospel! You need not havethe most impactful ministry, the world’s most extreme prayer life, or anything of the such. If it were based on your ability to do or attain the cross would have not been needed. The cross and what happened represents pure love poured out and a new – genesis for ALL mankind. The plan from the beginning was reconciliation to the Father.
We (or at least me) have seen God as wrath and love. I no longer see that. He is love, His very essence is 100% love. From the beginning He has called us his sons and daughters. His only vision of you has been and only will be of you as His beloved kids perfect as you are. Not one day we will be whole but whole now! Pure, righteous, forgiven, holy, sanctified, redeemed!
Not a license to sin but a freedom to know your identity in Him and be free to come to Him with no shame or guilt.
Romans 8:1 There is now no condemnation for those who are found in Him, all is new! You are new creations in Him!
See His love for you today and tomorrow.
… through the anointed One, he gave us (all mankind) every spiritual blessing which he had in heavenly places. Because he loved us ( all inclusive) he chose us (all inclusive and unconditionally) before the foundation of the world (before we had a chance to mess up) to be sacred and blameless in his sight ( the only view he will ever have or know about you). He is the One who, before anything was created, set us apart to be adopted into HIS FAMILY through Jesus the anointed One.
This is the gospel this is the good news that you have a creator who loves ALL unconditionally and unconventional like too. The only view he had of you and will ever have is his perfect spotless child and heir. You are complete in him now not some future date but now. When you realize your identity and who you are it changes everything. What used to be sin management becomes a fading memory. Once you know who you are you really don’t want to do those things that bound you up with guilt and condemnation. Your priorities change. When identity is struck on your heart all things are new.
If you found out that you had one month to live you would probably change everything in your life. You wouldn’t worry over the small things you wouldn’t look at your daily interactive the same. Every moment would be lived to its fullest and you would drink in everything around you. The same effect happens when you step into the revelation of who God says you are, with the definition that God has declared over you!
Martyn Lloyd Jones has made the statement “What’s true of Him is true of you.” many times over. If I say this to people I often get the odd stare or the reaction of What! It seems to many to be heretical, but is it?
1 Jonn 4:17 and 1 John 2:8 both have the verbage stating as he is we are also and which is true in Him and in you. Is it so brazen a statement? Or are we just believing less than what we are called to be?
We were created in God’s very image. I’m not saying we are gods but yes we are definitely more than we have been lead to think. We are like Him, we are more spirit based and eternal than we are physical. He is our source. He is our dad. We are his heirs and as his heirs we can walk in that place of sonship and authority.
The prodigal son and his brother never lost that relationship bond to their father. They both were full heirs at all times. They both were decieved into thinking less than that and because of that, they both needed some Dr Phil time (ie. Identity counseling) to be restored to their original relationship to their father.
Do you need some spiritual Dr. Phil time?
1 John 2:7-8
7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
7 My beloved family, I know that the words I write to you here may not immediately remind you of Moses; this does not mean that it is a new doctrine, it is the ancient conversation that echoes God’s voice prophetically! It is indeed the very conclusion of the word which you have heard from the beginning!
8 And yet it is a glorious new message that I am writing to you! You may ask, “How can that which is old also be new?” Herein is the secret of its newness: whatever is true of Jesus is equally true of you! The days of the dominance of darkness as a reference to human life, are over! The true light surely shines with bold certainty and illuminates your life as it is unveiled in Christ.
(The word kainos means, fresh, recent, unused, unworn, of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of. The freshness of this encounter is celebrated in a fellowship of exactly the same oneness enjoyed between the Father and the Son! The word parago suggests that darkness no longer has any sway over you. The word ede, even now: – already, by this time; from ē [pronounced ay] an adverb of confirmation; assuredly: – surely; and dē [pronounced day] which is a particle of emphasis or explicitness; now, then, etc.: – also, and, doubtless, now, therefore.)
Grace isn’t a concept, it’s a person.
Love isn’t a concept, it’s a person.
That person is Jesus!
He is in all men, he indwells all men!
He is not distant, he is not far, he is not for some futrure time. We were made as living spacesuits for him to live in eternally. We don’t have to wait for some future attainment to walk in what he has already granted all mankind. The only thing to enter into this union is to accept what he has already done and provided. Believe!
We don’t have to do anything, He is a free gift, forgiveness, acceptence, grace, are and were freely given before the creation of the world. There is no distance or delay. We do not have to seek his presence anywhere then within us. He is already there waiting to be acknowledged. The veil has been not just torn but eliminated. The only time the veil comes in is when we bring it by striving on our own. Striving or doing is not needed. If man’s abilities could bring one closer to God, the cross would have not been needed. Christ’s death would have been in vain.
He is in me and I am in Him, we are one! This is the Gospel a the good news! We are His sons and daughters created and birthed with his DNA after his image! We have been deceived into believing we are less than this. Wake up into your true original identity into your redeemed innocence. Take the spiritual realignment that Jesus offers.
I have been listening to these YouTube clips this past week, I highly recommend them. Listen or watch them will knock your socks off!
2. Power and Identity
I have issues and I acknowledge that. My 6 year old daughter has to memorize and contemplate on 2 different verses each week for school. With my new view or paradigm of how I see God and my identity I cringe alot when I hear how God is often portrayed.
Her verse this week was Psalms103:11 this week.
New International Version
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
I was going over it with Mo and I asked her what it meant to her… She asked why she should fear God. I told her that was a bad word (not a four letter bad word). Told her let’s replace the word fear with respect or love. She said “oh, I get it.” I walked out of the room and came back about ten minutes later. While I was gone she composed a song on her pad.
The innocence of a little child and the way they can relate blows me away. Children are not bogged down by traditions, bad teaching, works, or basic garbage. To return so easily our original identity and redeemed innocence is amazing.
How do you see God? How do you see Jesus? Riddle me this…