"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; "
(Hebrews 3:1 KJV)
We shouldn't believe we are just a forgiven sinner simply because some pastor tells us so. We must look these things up in the Holy Word of God for ourselves and know what Our Awesome God says. Jesus said clearly that if you continue in His Word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free! (John 8:31-32) In Christ is your true identity, your complete freedom to be who God has made and redeemed you to be! In Christ, that’s the key to your life! The Apostle Paul implores us to live our lives "in Christ". He lived this way himself, boasting, “I glory in Christ” (Romans 5:17).
We need to remember that Our Awesome God wants us to know and believe the truth of Jesus Christ dying for our sins. The opposite of truth is deception or false belief and it will cause you to live in bondage unnecessarily. If you see yourself as a failure, you will not be able to boldly exercise your authority in Christ because you will feel unworthy (even after the Blood of Christ has made you worthy). If you claim to be unworthy after the Blood of Christ has made you worthy, then you will be denying the work of Christ in your life!
You need remember 3 things that will help you feel a part of Christ: 1) You are loved by Our Awesome God, 2) you are justified and declared innocent because of Jesus Christ dying for your sins, and 3) you are made new in Christ - adopted by God! These 3 things are backed up with Scripture in the Bible and if you don't feel "in Christ" then you should look them up: 1) John 17:23, 2) Galatians 2:16 and 3) 2 Corinthians 5:17 or John 1:12-13.
Our Awesome God wants you to know, feel comfortable in Christ's power or Identify and use it as Christ would. If you don't feel worthy to exercise your authority in Christ, then you won't be doing it in the fullness of faith and will lack assurance and thus the power of Christ's Identity. Satan loves this feeling and usually rushes in to increase your feeling of insecurity. The truth is, that we, by our own power and effort, are unworthy, and it is the Blood of Christ that makes us worthy. So step out boldly in Christ as you learn and get to know Him! Read your Bible and pray, for these are the best ways to understand Our Awesome God and to feel "in Christ," who was one with God.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children, and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill