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Who are You?

October 21, 2015

Whether it is our job, school, or even in church; we are all familiar with working hard in order to receive approval.

This is the way life works, but grace and Christianity are meant to be different.

“God pronounces believers righteous at the beginning of the course, not the end of it…it cannot be on the basis of works they have not yet done” FF Bruce

Let’s not just talk about this, lets see it in Bible; even in the life of Jesus

Luke 3:21-22 tells us the story of Jesus’ baptism. He had not begun his ministry. But God’s feelings for him were not based on what He did but who he was.

“You are my Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased”

When we receive Jesus, we are a new creation; receiving a new identity.

How Powerful is the Enemy?

October 18, 2012

Just how powerful is the Enemy? How do believers fight the works of Satan?

The most important thing that the Bible tells us about Satan is that He is defeated.

Jesus, after sending the seventy out to do the work of the kingdom, says “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)

The decisive battle of history was the first coming. The life, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ is what defeated the Enemy.

Many times we focus on the second coming, but it is the first coming that the Bible points towards as the single most important event in all of history.

John 10:10 tells us “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This is what the Enemy does today on Earth, but it is from the position of being defeated. The battle is over, but as Satan walks off the battlefield on his way to the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10) that awaits him, he brings difficulty on believers.

All good stories end with the bad guy getting what he deserves. Jesus tells a story about a crook, but this one has a twist.

Friday, I posted on Tony Alicea’s Blog. The article was showing how through adoption, our story is no longer our identity. If you missed it, go have a look HERE

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells a parable about the Pharisee and the hated tax collector. He is going to get to the root of people’s identity.

A tax collector was known as a crook. He would never be the guy you would hope your daughter would marry. They were known to be corrupt, unjust, and the worst of sinners. Think of all the modern day stereotypes, and this was the bad guy.

A Pharisee was the holy man. They took the 10 Commandments and enlarged them to 614 rules to show just how serious they were. They were respected and admired in society.

Our Story Is Not Our Identity

February 24, 2012

A few years ago, our family completed a journey to adopt and immigrate our son from South Africa. This process took over four years and included custody, name changes, countless documents, and finally culminated in him receiving his US citizenship and passport.

My son’s identity has changed. He has a new name, a new country, and a new family heritage.

This does not change his story. Where he came from will always be a part of his life, but how he is known is completely different.

It is this way with all of us. Our past is a part of who we are, but we have a new identity through Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17

This is so clear through the example of Abraham. Look at these two verses side by side and notice the difference.