Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Christ took our sin on the cross and freed us from sin and all that came as a result of sin; sickness, disease, poverty, lack, fear, worry, stress, etc. Consider yourself dead to all that came through sin and alive to all that we now have through Christ. Stop thinking about and magnifying what you see in the natural, instead meditate on and magnify what Christ has done for you. Scripture teaches us that as a man thinks, so is he.
If you see yourself sick, lacking what you need, or defeated, you are going to continue to allow the very things that Christ has freed you from to overtake you. You need to renew your mind to what God says about you. Consider instead all that Christ has done for you instead of what you may be facing in the natural. We walk by faith (what God’s Word says), not by sight.
To do so you must consider the Word above everything else. Stay in the Word of God and focus your thoughts on what it says by thanking Him for what He said is already yours. The Word is truth, and even though it may be true that you are facing something in the natural, the truth will change what may be currently true in your life. Scripture teaches us that what you see is subject to change. What are you considering?
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
By receiving Jesus Christ, we will not face the wrath of God to come (His punishment for sin), because Jesus not only bore our sin, but also the punishment our sin deserved. This is known as the work of propitiation, which means God’s wrath was satisfied. Sin deserved the just punishment of God, but Jesus taking our place satisfied God’s wrath toward man for all who receive Him.
One who is born again no longer has a desire within their spirit man for sin. That old nature within is gone. We still have an outward sin nature within the flesh to deal with, and our gratitude for what Christ has done for us should lead us to now present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God. Whenever we do get in the flesh and sin, we should immediately confess our sin as 1 John 1:9 tells us to do so, but we should also do something else as well.
1 John 2:1-2 tells us we should also remind ourselves we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who has satisfied God’s wrath for us. Simply put, we should then not punish ourselves for sin we have repented for. God is not punishing us, so we should not do so. The devil wants us to punish ourselves to make us feel far from God. God never leaves us nor forsakes us. So don’t punish yourself, just repent and turn to God who is there to help you overcome all sin.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,…
Through Jesus we have been given peace with God. The word peace means to be one with, a state of harmony. Once born again we become one spirit with the Lord. There is no battle between you and God, because you are one with Him. The devil does all he can to convince believers that God is mad at them so that they won’t draw near to God. But when Jesus bore our sin He also bore the punishment our sin deserved.
The Word of God tells us we will not face the wrath of God to come, so we can rest in God’s peace. Scripture also teaches us that those who keep their minds fixed on God and not on the things around them, God will keep them in perfect peace for they trust in Him. You do this by getting a picture of God’s truths established in your heart. When you do peace will be the result.
When we know that we have peace with God and we walk in that peace by focusing our thoughts on Him, peace will surround you. You won’t be depressed, full of fear, and doubt God. Peace will be present and therefore your faith will work for you, leading you into a victorious life. So don’t run from God, run to Him and focus your thoughts upon Him, because as believers we have been given peace with God.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Through Jesus Christ we have been saved. The word saved is defined as rescued, preserved, healed, restored, delivered, made well. All of this is a part of God’s salvation package. To receive what we have available to us we must by faith see these things as already done, for in the eyes of God they are.
For example when someone today receives new life by accepting Jesus into their heart they become born again. But the moment they did so is not when salvation was provided by God, it was already available, for 2,000 years ago Jesus gave His life for us. They just chose to receive what God said was already done. So it is with all we have in this salvation package. We must see it as already done and not something God is going to do, and take it by faith.
Take time to meditate on the promises you have been given in Christ Jesus until that Word get’s in you. Continually speak God’s Word over your life thanking God that you are healed, blessed, and delivered, because His Word says you already are, not going to be. Once the Word comes alive in you, faith becomes active and you can have the manifestation of what Christ has already provided for you.
1 John 2:27
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the One who helps us to get revelation of the things of God in our heart. When revelation comes faith is there. It’s like walking into a dark room not being able to see the way out and then the Holy Spirit flips the light switch on. Once that happens you can see the way to go and act upon the Word of God.
A vital key in receiving this revelation is in how we read and listen to the teaching of God’s Word. Whether reading or hearing the Word taught, you must first recognize it is God speaking to you. It is not man’s words but God’s, for all scripture is given by inspiration of God. Secondly you must give your full attention to God’s Word and not become distracted with other things. Pay close attention to what you are hearing.
Third you must learn to take verses that speak of who you are and what you have and declare them daily. Faith grows in the atmosphere of the spoken Word. Finally put what you know into practice, for you deceive yourself if you are a hearer and not a doer of the Word. Put these truths into practice and His Word will become alive in you by the Holy Spirit.
1 John 1:5
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Have you ever had someone accuse you of something you have not done? I am sure we have all experienced this in our lives. Did you know God has been accused of many things He has never done? Because of ignorance of the Word of God, and for others who do not know how to walk by faith and don’t see the results God’s Word promises, they falsely accuse God of things that are not true. For example, they may say God does not heal everyone, or they blame God for the death of a young person saying that God took them because He needed another angel in heaven.
First of all healing is for everyone as scripture clearly teaches in Acts 10:38, that Jesus went about healing all, but not all know how to receive it. God has also promised us long life, so to refer to someone who is young that God took them is also contrary to the Word of God. God is light, and there is no darkness in Him. The works of darkness are not of God, they are of the evil one. God has come to give us LIFE, and that more abundantly, it is the devil who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
The devil wants you to believe these lies about God, because then he can keep you from receiving what God has for you. The greatest truth to remember about our heavenly Father comes from Jesus. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”. Jesus modeled the Father to us. Jesus never did anything that was of the works of darkness. Don’t fall for these lies about God. As James 1:17 tells us, all good gifts come from God and He does not change for He is light, and there is no darkness in Him.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
If anyone in the days of the early church had times they may have felt like quitting and giving up it would have been the apostle Paul, but he did not. Paul had the goal of fulfilling all that Christ had laid hold of for him as his focus. What often hinders us from pressing on is looking to or focusing on the past. In the very next verse Paul stated there was one thing he had learned, to forget what is behind and press toward the goal of what Christ has ahead. Far to often we tend to always look to our past instead of simply releasing it and letting it go.
If you are looking to your past you are not moving forward to the promise. Every promise we have been given through Christ Jesus for our life awaits us. We have to press on in faith to obtain those promises. The first generation of the children of Israel did not enter the promise land for they kept looking back to Egypt. God got them out of Egypt, but He could not get Egypt out of them. We have been delivered from Egypt and made new on the inside. Start looking to this new man you now are in Christ Jesus.
This is the problem with many believers today. They do not press into this new man they have now become. They continue to see themselves through the old fleshly nature instead of who God says they now are. You have to press forward by renewing your mind to this new you to become transformed on the outside. Stop looking at the old fleshly nature, he is dead and gone. Start pressing into the Truth of the new you, for you are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;…
Before salvation we had the smell of death, but in Christ we now have the fragrance of new life. This fragrance is the love of God. When you are born again that love is poured out into your heart, your new spirit man. Walking in God’s love is a choice we make every day. It is a choice we make to treat others the way that you would want to be treated, no matter how they treat you.
When you are walking in love you are walking with God, for God is love. But when you choose not to walk in the love of God you are not walking with Him. This takes you out from under God’s protection, and you can fall prey to the ways and the works of satan. But when you choose to walk in love you are not only protected from the works of darkness, you put off the fragrance of Christ, living as He lived.
People will take notice because you do not look like nor act like the world. This love is not an emotion, but revealed through actions. You simply choose to show God’s love no matter how you feel, for that love is in every believer and is manifest as we choose to follow the way of God’s love. As we walk in love we can draw others out of the smell of death, and bring them into new life and a new way of living through the fragrance of God’s love.
From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
It is from Christ Jesus that we are provided with His gifts that knit us together and strengthen us as a body. When we walk in gratitude for what Christ has done for us, we will desire to fulfill our role within the church body we are a part of. Finding our place in the body is of great importance. In using our gifts within the body we are helping to build the church in reaching more people and helping them to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This is why every born again believer is to find their shepherd and get connected to a local church family. Not doing so makes us weaker, and it hinders the body of Christ in fulfilling it’s purpose of reaching people with the gospel. If we are not connected to a local church body by finding our shepherd, we are not fulfilling one of our primary purposes as the body of Christ. In fulfilling our part of the body it also helps us become stronger against the attacks of the enemy.
Scripture teaches us that our enemy goes after stragglers, those who are isolated from the body of Christ. But when you become a part of a local church family you have others around you to help strengthen you, for iron sharpens iron. Get connected by being involved with the local church body God has called you to by finding your shepherd. Be faithful to Jesus in doing your part, and it will bring growth to the body and bring a great strength to your life.
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
The believer in Christ has been crucified to the world. The word crucified here means: to destroy it’s power. By faith in the power of the cross of Christ, the world’s power over the believer has been broken. You are in the world, but no longer of the world for you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. To see this inward transformation now change us on the outside, we must do two things as stated in Romans 12:1-2.
First we must present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, set apart unto God. Our fleshly body should not rule us. So we must daily choose to honor God by yielding our body in obedience to Him. Secondly we must renew our minds to the Word of God, specifically learning who we now are in Christ Jesus, and what He has done for us through the cross so that we no longer conform to the world, but are transformed into this new man.
Renewing the mind is not complete until one becomes a doer of the Word. This includes confessing who we now are in Christ, boasting in the cross and what Jesus has done for us. This renewing of the mind to the new you on the inside is the greatest need in the body of Christ. Through a renewed mind we are set free from the worlds ways and become living proof of the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.