Many great products require activation to be fully functional. As a child of God, you are a new man, a new creature. The old creature is dead and buried with Christ, for good. Learn to activate the new man, the new you.
Being born again is an essential first step. But that’s not enough. To grow and experience the positive benefits of your new nature, you need to ‘activate’ it and connect with it as your only true self. If you’re going to fulfill your divine mandate, it’s important to be in sync with the new you.
In this post, I’m going to share with you two simple ways to activate the new you.
a. Consciously identify with Christ.
You are Christ, and Christ is you. When the Father looks at you, He sees Christ. You and Christ are one (1 Corinthians 6:17). Believe and confess it. Don’t be shy about it. Be fearless and intentional about identifying with Christ.
Whatever qualities you see in Christ, embrace them as yours too.
Everything Christ has, you have too (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). Whatever He can do, you can do too (Matthew 17:20). Everything He is, you are too (John 14:20; 1 John 4:17). Where He is, you are too (Ephesians 2:6). Be unapologetic about it.
There’s no better way to activate the new you than to accept that you and Christ are one.
You don’t need to announce to everyone your conviction about these things. If you do, you run the risk of well-meaning people (relatives, friends, ‘religious’ people) talking you out of what you know to be true. They might think you’re insane or arrogant. They’ll tell you to “slow down,” “take it easy,” “be humble” and so forth. Comments like that, while appearing ‘pious,’ will dampen your fervor.
Avoid doubters at all cost, if you can. Love them, but keep them out of your inner circle. Learn from Jesus; He did the same thing.
b. Visualize (see yourself) the way the Bible (especially the new covenant) describes you.
It’s hard to become what you can’t imagine yourself being and doing. Learn to use your imaginative faculties to your advantage. Your imagination is a powerful tool given to help you connect with things that aren’t visible yet.
The better you can use your imagination to connect with what the Bible says about you, the greater the degree you’ll experience those things.
Take a few moments each day to picture yourself being, doing and having what the Bible says about you. If this is new to you, take it one step at a time. Pick one truth, focus on it, think about it, and picture yourself being that person. The duration is up to you. It could be anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on your comfort level.
Let’s try an example.
The Bible says you are light. This is one of many things you and Christ have in common. Christ (God) is light; so are you (John 8:12; Matthew 5:14; Ephesians 5:8). When you look in the mirror, you don’t look anything close to light. Don’t worry. That’s a physical mirror. It can’t tell you how you look within (in your born-again spirit).
But there’s another mirror: the Word of God. This mirror shows you what you look like in the spirit. It says you are light.
Now think of light, any light you want: moon light, sun light, star light, lamp light, etc. It’s the nature of light to shine and be bright. Now picture yourself from head to toe. See your whole body (every organ and every cell) filled with light and glowing. Ease into it slowly. Little by little, see yourself shining brighter and brighter.
When you look around, all you see is light. You look pure and bright, inside and outside. This is what God says you are. It’s the truth, the only truth. Now accept this as the real you: just like Jesus, a shining light, angelic light, pure and wonderful to behold. Whenever you feel ready to ‘exit,’ gently and slowly bring the (imagination/meditation) process to an end. And give thanks for being made light.
You get the idea.
The Holy Spirit will guide you and lead you to deeper levels of what it means to be light. As you practice this on a regular basis, you (and others) will begin to notice a stronger divine presence about you and you’ll act more like a child of light. You’ll just do what light does: shine.
Remember: You are as Christ is. Fearlessly identify with Him. And picture yourself being, doing and having what God says about you.
Confess the following:
I am as Christ is. I am light. God is light; so am I. I see myself shining. Wherever I go, I shine to the glory of the Father. I am wonderful to behold. I am thankful that I am a shining light. Amen.