2 Keys to Activating the New You

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.

Ogoe

You Are Worthy (Pt 1)

God wants you successful, healthy, full of life and prosperous. Jesus died for you so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). To appropriate the blessings that are yours in Christ, it is very important that you believe you’re worthy. When you know you’re worthy, it stirs up faith and confidence. And confidence will release you to take what’s yours. If you want to be successful and prosperous, you can’t afford to label yourself unworthy.

Many people, often unconsciously, have disqualified themselves from the good things of life because they deem themselves unfit. You need to understand this: If you entertain thoughts and feelings of unworthiness, it’ll hinder you and deprive you of blessings God wants you to enjoy. No matter what your shortcomings are, keep feelings and thoughts of unworthiness far from you. When you see yourself as worthy, you’ll maintain a high sense of self-worth. That’ll empower you and propel you forward. Sooner or later, you’ll begin to experience success beyond your imagination.

Negative social and religious conditioning can make you feel inferior and unworthy. But let me encourage you: As far as Daddy God is concerned, your self-worth has nothing to do with social labels. Your self-worth is based on what Jesus did for you on the Cross. You are bigger, more precious and more capable than you’ve been made to believe.

Let me show you something.

God went to great lengths to make you worthy. One day, John had a vision of heaven (Revelation 5). God was seated in majesty, surrounded by heavenly hosts. In His right hand He had a scroll which had seven seals. An angel proclaimed, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” (v. 2). No creature was found worthy to approach God and take the scroll from Him. This caused John to weep. Apparently, there was something very important in the scroll that would benefit all people. The only problem was that the scroll was in God’s hand. Who dared approach God and take it from Him?

When all hope seemed lost, John saw a Lamb that was slain. It was Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He went straight to God and took the scroll from His hand. Jesus didn’t beg God to let him take the scroll. He approached boldly and took it from Him. Do you know why? Jesus knew he was worthy. God, therefore, had no choice but to give him the scroll. When Jesus took the scroll, heaven sang a new song, saying to Jesus, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals . . .” (v. 8-10) Again the hosts of heaven said with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (v. 12). 

Do you know what the best part is? Jesus did all of this for you. He died and paid for all your sins forever. Then He showed up in heaven with proof (His shed Blood) that the job was done. Jesus stood before God on your behalf. From eternity, God planned to give His entire estate to all His children, Jesus being the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29). But Jesus had to first die for the will (testament) to come into effect. That will was what God held in His right hand. Jesus was found worthy to take the will and execute it for all God’s children, including you.

Watch out for the concluding part tomorrow.

Until then, stay encouraged.

Ogoe

Elevate Your Value

Daily Devotion | Day 287

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you have more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).

Fear does a lot of things to people. If people knew in spirit what fear does to them, they would do whatever it takes to eliminate it. On multiple occasions, Jesus addressed this problem, because He knew that fear hurts our cause. Indeed, fear is the enemy of progress. Fear is a form of bondage. To be truly free in life, you need to overcome fear once and for all. In the devotional message sent out a few days ago, I stated that fear interferes with faith. I mentioned also that whatever you fear, that thing has power over you. We scratched the surface on this last point. Today, we want to expand it by looking at what Jesus said in our opening Scripture passage.

Jesus addressed fear by using an example familiar to people of His time. For two copper coins, one could by five sparrows. At that time, a copper coin was worth very little. That one could buy five sparrows for two copper coins shows that sparrows were very cheap. In using the example of sparrows, Jesus wanted to put across the idea of worthlessness. Then He says that despite their cheap market value, not one of the sparrows is forgotten by God. Sparrows have vale before God. And, it is why God does not forget or neglect them. Things of value are treated with care.

Jesus is now ready to draw a lesson from the life of sparrows and apply it to the people. He says, “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” God has numbered the hair on our head, because every detail of our life is of value to Him. To conclude His point, Jesus says, “Do not fear therefore; you have more value than many sparrows.” Notice the point Jesus is making. He wants us to realize that there’s a close relationship between fear and self-value. What does this mean for us?

In God’s eyes, you are of great value. However, your attitude can affect your sense of self-worth. God has given you the power to set your self-value. You do this through your choices, especially through the things you speak and the things you do.

Fear lowers your value. When you entertain thoughts or feelings of fear, panic and anxiety, you reduce your worth. And when you reduce your worth, you reduce your strength. To borrow an expression from modern parlance, fear is an “energy vampire.” It will drain you of energy, life and inspiration. You should, therefore, eliminate fear and replace it with faith and serenity. While fear lowers your value, faith elevates it.

Learn to inspire yourself. The most inspiring people are those who have learned to self-motivate. You can’t always rely on others to motivate you. The best motivation comes from within you. Reject fear. Embrace faith, and elevate your value.

BlessingMay the angels of God guard you today in all your ways. Amen.

For further study1 Samuel 17:4-58

Confess Your Blessings

Daily Devotional: Day 37

“For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49, KJV).

You often hear the expression, “Count your blessings.” But the fact is, many people don’t realize they’re blessed or just don’t think it important to take time and acknowledge God’s blessings in their lives. If people don’t know they’re blessed, it’s difficult for them to count their blessings and glorify God. At times, we get preoccupied with wanting more, and we even forget to be thankful for what we already have. God wants you to know your blessings, so you can count them and give him the glory. Your acknowledgement of God’s blessings in your life is an essential part of your Christian witness. It’s also a key aspect of fellowship with your Father. When you give a public acknowledgement of God’s blessings, you encourage and edify fellow believers, not to mention the positive influence your testimony can have on unbelievers. Remember: No blessing is insignificant. If you’re grateful for “small things,” you’ll be grateful also for greater things. Let’s look at Mary’s acknowledgement of her blessings in today’s Bible verse.

Mary had recently received news that she would give birth to the Messiah. Then, she learns from angel Gabriel that after years of waiting, Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, is pregnant. In haste, she goes to visit her. It was during this visit that Mary publicly confessed: “For he that is mighty hath done to me great things . . .” Sometimes, Christians hesitate to publicly confess their faith or what God has done for them. Mary wasn’t shy. She didn’t worry about what people would think of her. She knew that God had blessed her and she gave God glory. At times, we worry about people’s opinions, so we remain silent about what God has done. Declaring the goodness of God isn’t pride. God wants you to be confident, but not arrogant or boastful. Mary wasn’t arrogant, because she let everyone know that God alone was the source of her blessings. When you get the opportunity, don’t hesitate to confess God’s kindness toward you. Instead of stressing over things you don’t have, bless God for what you already have. If you’re reading this devotional, it means you’re still breathing. You can start by declaring with the Psalmist, “Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6, RSV). 

Pray:

Father, I bless you for all the great things you have done for me. I thank you for all the good things in my life. Receive all the glory, in the Name of Jesus. Amen. (Enjoy this song).

For further study: Luke 1:46-55

God Answers Your Prayer Instantly

Daily Devotional: Day 9

“And if we know that he [God] hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:15, KJV).

            Each time you petition the Father for something, he hears you and gives you an answer instantly. God doesn’t need to call for a Board Meeting to decide whether to answer you. He’s not your friend who lives down the street, who decides when to pick your calls. God doesn’t say to you, “Give me some time to think about this. I’ll get back to you soon.” Understand that when you call on God, your request doesn’t go to an answer machine. Your heavenly Father loves you more than you love yourself. In fact, he’s more excited to answer your prayer than you are to receive the answer. Moreover, his Spirit dwells in you as in a temple. Before you pray, he knows what you desire. People get frustrated in prayer, because they don’t know if God has heard them or not. If you ask them, they say, “I know God will answer me” or “I know God will show up.” Years go by and people will still be waiting for an answer. That is sad, and so wrong. The truth is, the first time you pray, God replies instantly with a precise answer. God never processes your prayer.

If you’ve been dealing with uncertainty about the status of your prayer, you’re not alone; I’ve been there countless times. The antidote is intimacy and fellowship with the Father. When you’re intimate with your Father in heaven, you can hear his loving voice distinctly in your heart and you’ll know with certainty that he’s heard you. You won’t need to jump from revival to revival, from prophet to prophet, from church to church, and from novena to novena. Learn from the prayer life of Jesus. Because of his intimate fellowship with the Father, he always knew he’d been heard. For example, before he commanded Lazarus to rise, here’s what Jesus said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always . . .” (John 11:41-42). When you know the Father hears you always, it frees you from anxiety, uncertainty, doubt and all the related drama.

Prayer

Father, I know that you love me with the same love you have for Jesus. I thank you that you have heard me. Thank you for all the times you heard my prayer and I didn’t realize. Now I know that you always hear me. Open my ears that I may hear your sweet voice every time you speak to me. In the Name of Jesus, I thank you that you’ve heard me. Amen.

For further study: Daniel 9:20-23; 10:1-15

In the Father’s love,

Pastor Steve

Charis Temple (non-denominational church)

Email: charristemple@gmail.com