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IDENTITY – The Christ In You

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One of the biggest guarantees for a Christian’s daily victory is knowing his identity – who God says you are.

We are all born into this world with a human identity.  We are the child of our parents.  As we grow, the ways of the world & what we do define who we are.  Additional identities are added.  We become students, friends of others, know ourselves to be a cousin, grandchild, aunt, uncle, etc.  More identities are added years later – college student, occupation, husband/wife, alcoholic, depressed, etc.  We even learn we are born into this world as sinners, without the presence of God in us.

What is important to remember is that every identity the world gives you is only temporary.  One day you will become an “ex” identity.  For example, one day Lebron James will be an ex-NBA basketball professional.

Think about it: Who wants to have an identity as an “EX?”  Very unattractive it is.

Who or what we place our dependence and hope on defines who we are.

That’s why it’s important and invaluable to have an identity that will last forever.  That’s where God comes in.  God gives you an identity as His child.  You are a son/daughter of the King.

Do you think your identity as a child of God is temporary?  I hope not.

Your identity as a child of God is based on what Jesus did, neither how you feel nor what you do.  One can NEVER become an ex-child of God.

God guarantees your identity as eternal because of Who lives in you – CHRIST IN YOU.

When God the Father sees you, He ONLY sees Jesus in you.  Jesus dealt with all your sins and consequences on the cross.  He crucified them & left them buried in His tomb when He rose from the dead.  He then took up residence in you when you chose Him as Savior & Lord.  He made you a child of God.

Since you are now a child of God, God wants you to walk that way.  Ephesians 5:8 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light.

If you are now a child of God, why do you want to walk in sin?  Makes no sense.  Should a butterfly go back to live like a worm caterpillar?  Makes no sense.  You can do it and enjoy the pleasures of your sin choice.  However, you know the pleasure is very temporary and a big void of guilt & emptiness comes over you.  That’s the Holy Spirit convicting you to repent and turn back to God – and continue walking again as a child of God.  That is what occurred to the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.

Total joy and satisfaction only comes from God.  To walk in an identity of sin makes no sense for a child of God.  When you have joy & satisfaction as a child of God, sin loses its appeal.  You begin to realize that sin is just stupid to be a part of.  You may relapse/backslide.  However, you are growing in your maturity in Christ.  Christ In You is becoming more real every day.  With Christ In You, your recovery comes quicker each time.

CHRIST IN YOU is your Key to Daily Victory.

Christ In you is one identity that will neither disappear nor cease.  Jesus lives in you and will never leave nor forsake you.  Jesus guarantees it.  I encourage you to consistently see Christ In You in everything you do.  Christ In You will take over your life one day at a time, one step at a time.

  • If you are a teacher, Christ In You is the teacher.
  • If you are a parent, Christ In You is the parent.
  • If you are an executive, Christ In You is the executive.
  • If you are a pastor, Christ In You is the pastor.
  • If you are a taxi driver, Christ In You is the taxi driver.
  • If you are a doctor, Christ In You is the doctor.
  • If you are a college student, Christ In You is the college student.
  • If you are an unemployed worker, Christ In You is the unemployed worker.
  • As a Christian, ONLY Christ In You is the Christian.

You can see the difference with life when you let Jesus live the Christian life through you. 

Now one cannot be, for example, a Christian and an alcoholic.  That is two identities.  One is either an alcoholic trying to be a Christian or a Christian struggling with alcoholism.  One cannot be both.  That is inconsistent in God’s eyes.  If one is an alcoholic, go ahead and drink.  That is what the identity of an alcoholic does.  And don’t complain about the hangovers or the destruction of lives (especially of your family) that your drinking causes.  However if you are a child of God, drinking alcohol is inconsistent with who you now are.  That’s why it makes no sense and is not attractive.  It is a way the world try to identify you.

I pray the reality of CHRIST IN YOU is taking deeper roots.

Jesus In You is your permanent identity as a child of God. 

Remember also, Satan is petrified of Jesus In You and will do anything to distract your attention from tapping into the riches of this Wealth in you.  Satan will try to tempt you in many ways, especially trying to get you to see your old identity.

Keep walking as a child of the King, a child of light.  You were once something else.  Now you are a child of God.  Ephesians 5:8 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light.

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10 thoughts on “IDENTITY – The Christ In You

  1. londiwe on said:

    I love this!

  2. thank u bro bob for this been reading this blog on depression and it is helping ty so much and god bless u.

    • Sandra, thats’s awesome to hear.
      God in you is doing and growing a great work.
      You’ve come so far in applying Christ in you as your new life.
      Keep at it. He is doing a great healing and walking you out into victory.
      It is Jesus in you the Father sees.

  3. I love this, Bob. This hits at our very core. Thank you.

  4. “Now one cannot be, for example, a Christian and an alcoholic. That is two identities. One is either an alcoholic trying to be a Christian or a Christian struggling with alcoholism. One cannot be both. That is inconsistent in God’s eyes. If one is an alcoholic, go ahead and drink. That is what the identity of an alcoholic does. And don’t complain about the hangovers or the destruction of lives (especially of your family) that your drinking causes. However if you are a child of God, drinking alcohol is inconsistent with who you now are. That’s why it makes no sense and is not attractive. It is a way the world try to identify you.”

    I am trying to keep my anger from getting out of control. For it will not bring about the righteousness our Heavenly Father desires, but what you said in that paragraph is flat out wrong at best, and an added cruelty to those struggling with such things as alcoholism at worst. For the amount of change that our Heavenly Father may make in a person while they are still a part of this world all depends upon what He wants to accomplish in and through them, and for a very great many, it may not be until they take their last breath in this world before they are delivered from the torment of something like alcoholism.

    That comes straight from our Heavenly Father, and is backed up by a fairly great many Bible verses for the benefit of those who have trouble accepting what they are hearing directly from Him.

    A good example of that Scripture can be found in Romans. For it is written: For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. {Romans 7:14-8:4 NIV}

    • Your deep sensitivity to alcoholism blocks your objectivity.
      It does not matter what I used as an example. It could be drug abuse, depression, gambling, work career, pastor, etc.

      The key is IN GOD’S EYES, WE ONLY HAVE ONE IDENTITY. That identity is CHRIST IN YOU, Christ in the Christian.
      The key to any victory is seeing life through God’s eyes.
      One can be a Christian, child of God and still struggle in some areas.
      In God’s eyes, the alcoholism, depression, etc. are all DEAD. When one looks at dead things, God can’t help them.
      It’s not that complicated to see.

      You quoted me Romans 7:14-8:4
      Yet, Romans 6 shows at least 10 times that our flesh & all its consequences are dead.
      So we are to “Reckon ourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
      So when one chooses to look at parts of the old man, often the old man (anger) will rise to the surface.
      I pray God can reach down in your healing process and overlook what you see, and see LIFE THROUGH HIS EYES.

      ————————————————————————–
      Romans 6 – Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God
      – emphasis on DEATH OF FLESH in the first 10 verses. That can’t be more convincing about seeing things that are dead in God’s eyes.

      1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
      2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
      3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
      4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
      5 For if we have become [a]united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be [b]in the likeness of His resurrection,
      6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
      7 for he who has died is freed from sin.

      8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
      9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, [f]is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.
      10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
      11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

      12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting [g]the members of your body to sin as [h]instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as [i]instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

      15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin [j]resulting in death, or of obedience [k]resulting in righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that [l]though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, [m]resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, [n]resulting in sanctification.

      20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what [o]benefit were you then [p]deriving [q]from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you [r]derive your [s]benefit, [t]resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      • Just to give you the full benefit of my doubts, I may not be understanding right, but you seem to be saying that all an addict (regardless of what they are addicted to) has to do is decide to start seeing themselves as our Heavenly Father sees them and they will no longer be an addict. If that is what you are saying, you have no idea what you are talking about. For as with everything else, it all depends what our Heavenly Father wants to accomplish in and through someone that determines just how much He will change them into His likeness while they are still a part of this world.

        Be assured that I wish I was more perfect in all of my own ways to a much greater extent than I ever did before our Heavenly Father allowed and enabled me to know just how immeasurable His grace truly is, and it grieves me deeply every time I fail to be like Him—regardless of the circumstances involved. Yes, there are all sorts of Biblical verses that appear to be saying that it is our responsibility to cleanse ourselves of all unrighteousness, but we would do well to listen to Him when He reminds us that the more credit we want to give ourselves, the less glory we can give Him. More importantly, wanting to take credit for what His Holy Spirit has actually done is the unpardonable sin for those who know better.

        If you have never been afflicted with a true addiction, or even just a strong desire for something bad, be ye very thankful. For you have been greatly blessed.

  5. Christ in you the hope of glory..Is Christ living in you? …Is it not religious activities and rites

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