I’ve been involved in a few of conversations from various places over the last few weeks, and I’ve noticed a common theme: People look at their past experience and use it to colour their perception of their present selves.
What do I mean? Well, we have a tendency to run into a situation and say thinks like “Oh I know I just won’t be able to cope”, Or we say
“I’m not good disciplined. I’ve never been able to do that”.
Or “I’m never any good at anything”.
We base this kind of thing on nothing but the past. I understand why we do it, but don’t realize a) the power and ability we have inside us and b) the power of our words.
When we got saved, we became totally new creatures; not just a refurbished model, but totaly reconstructed. In his second letter to the Corinthians Pauls says this:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (TPT)
Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
It’s hard for us to realize, because our physical bodies are the same as they were before we got saved, and our personality doesn’t change, but our Spirit got totally sorted our, resurrected and transformed! AND what’s amazing is that transformation, doesn’t stop there, if we let it, it will flow out to our souls and even into our physical bodies.
The bible talks a lot about our words. In Proverbs (18:21)it says that life and death are in the power of our tongue and James reiterates what great power there is in such a small part of our bodies. We need to get ourselves lined up with the Word of God and understand that we have a new identity.
I know that some of us have been through terrible situations, and Satan has used those things to try to colour our perspective of who we are, to make us ineffective, but we don’t have to stay that way! We ARE more than conquerors! We need to understand the battle we are in as Christians isn’t to win, that’s already been taking care of – Jesus bound up the strong man, but he’s sitting there as we go in to plunder his house and is spewing forth all sorts of lies and deceptions which we can ignore or we can sit and discuss with him and enter into. For Christians the battle is all about holding onto our identity!
A great illustration of this is in Matthew 4. Satan tempts Jesus himself and what does he say
“If you are the Son of God…” He went straight for his identity. Even at the crucifixion they said to Jesus “If you’re the son of God get yourself down from there.”
The scriptures tell us that :
- We have been given access to wisdom (James 1:5)
- We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)
- We have the power to get wealth (Deut 8:18)
- We have all spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3)
- We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13)