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

Take Advantage of Your Qualification in Christ

Daily Devotional: Day 236

“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12, NKJV).

If you have ever applied for a job or recruited people for a job, you are familiar with ‘qualifications.’ In nearly all human endeavors, qualifications play a vital role. Your qualifications tell people if you are fit for a particular task or if you deserve some benefits. In short, your qualifications can give you access to opportunities.

Today’s passage from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians contains a vital truth for all children of God. In it, Paul urges the saints in Colossae to give thanks to the Father. Reason for the thanksgiving: the Father “has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”

Did you catch that? The saints in light, i.e. God’s children (see 1 Thessalonians 5:5) have a common inheritance in Christ (see 1 Peter 1:3-5). When the Bible says that God has qualified you to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints, here are some implications. First, it implies that you belong to the fellowship of the saintsYou are a saint. Be convinced of that.

Make not the mistake of holding on to two diametrically opposed identities: sinner and saint. You are either one or the other. Sinners have no share in God’s inheritance. Today’s Bible passage, as you can see, is addressed to saints only. Notice that Paul doesn’t say, “inheritance of the sinners;” rather, he says, “inheritance of the saints in light.” The good news is, God counted you among His saints when He saved you. Believe, therefore, that you are a saint; think like a saint, and behave like a saint.

If, however, you are truly convinced that you are a sinner, don’t give up. There is hope for you. Repent, forsake your sins and turn to Christ. He will save you (see Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 1:21; Luke chapter 15).

The next implication of Paul’s message is the following:

In virtue of what the Father has done for you, you are capable of soaringYou are capable of rising above anything which hinders your walk with God. You are capable of shining. You are capable of living free from the dominion of sin (see Romans 6:14). You are capable of a life that glorifies God. God has made you fit for a higher life. He has made you fit for a life of excellence. As a new creature in Christ, you are capable of positively influencing the world around you. God has chosen you, wired you and equipped you to be a living expression of His glory. If you believe this, you should be leaping for joy right now.

In sum, you have been named in the inheritance reserved for God’s saints. Who named you? The Father did. Take advantage of your qualification in Christ and be transformed.

Stay blessed, in Jesus Name. Amen.

For further studyColossians 1:1-29

Created Special

Daily Devotional: Day 110

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26, NKJV).

From Genesis 1:3 the Bible begins to tell us about the order in which God created the world. God created in six (6) days, starting with the creation of light and finishing with the creation of man. We can observe an interesting difference between the first five days of creation and the sixth day. During the first five (5) days, God creates by commanding things into existence. But on the sixth day, when it came to the creation of man, God did not command, “Let there be man. . .” This brings us to today’s Scripture reading. Look at the Scripture again.

When it was time to create man, God called for a special ‘council,’ so to speak. He said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” There was a personalloving and deliberate decision to create us. This means we are special and dear to the Father. It also means we are not the product of evolution or some random set of meaningless, impersonal events.

You are made by a loving Creator, who took time to fashion you and put together your beautifully complex human structure, and He gave you the ability to love and be loved. You are made in the image and likeness of God Himself. Do you realize what this means?

You are God-like.

When God looks at you, He sees His own image and likeness in you. If you remembered this truth every moment of your life, how amazing your life would be! You would live differently. You wouldn’t get depressed when your ‘friends’ don’t accept you. You wouldn’t give in to worries and anxieties. You wouldn’t live in fear. You wouldn’t even live in sin. In fact, you wouldn’t sin against your neighbor in whom is the same image and likeness of God. When you remember your origin, your calling and your destiny, it changes how you approach life; it also changes the moral choices you make and how you serve God. It would make you worship the Father with burning reverence, gratitude and holiness. God made you special, so live the special life. Amen.

Pray to the Father about what you’ve heard today. And may He answer your prayers.

For further study: Romans 1:18-22

Jesus Has Made You a Saint. Act Like One

Daily Devotional: Day 29

“But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints” (Ephesians 5:3, RSV).

Your Christian life takes on a completely different meaning when you realize that Jesus has made you a saint and you’re no longer possess a sinner identity. The difference between a saint and a sinner is significant. The former is saved, washed by the blood of Jesus, made righteous, sanctified, set apart for God, and walks in light. The latter is lost, lacks eternal life, walks in darkness, and needs to be born again. In today’s Scripture, Paul exhorts the Christians in Ephesus to live a life that is “fitting among saints.” Notice that the Bible addresses Christians as saints, and it’s not the first time. The name saint isn’t just a technical term. It describes your ontological status before God after you become his child by grace through faith in Christ. In other words, your very being has been made pure and holy like God, your Father. And because you’re holy, the Bible urges you to live accordingly. This is the point Paul makes in today’s Scripture and elsewhere in the New Testament.

The name saint describes your permanent identity before God. God is holy. And God is your Father. What does that make you? Holy, of course! Remember that how you understand your identity has implications for your behavior. If you accept the truth that you’re a saint, then you’ll be motivated and empowered to live like a saint. If, on the other hand, you convince yourself, after you’re born again, that your identity is that of a sinner, you’ll look for false consolation in your mistaken sinner identity. After all, what do sinners do? They sin. It’s who they are, and it’s what they do, until Jesus sets them free from the bondage of sin. 

You need to own your God-given saint identity and become comfortable in that identity, because a shaky identity is the breeding ground for sin. Let me give an analogy from the world of animals. Let’s take an eagle, for example. An eagle is wired to fly. Eagle is his identity. And with this identity comes the inherent capacity to live the life of an eagle. But the eagle must own this identity, if it’s going to act like an eagle. Occasionally, an eagle might spend brief moments on the ground. If the eagle begins, as a result of these brief moments on the ground, to entertain the thought that it has two identities, eagle and cat identities, it’ll have a very limited experience of an eagle’s life. Identity drives behavior, and behavior reinforces identity. A double identity will create a false dual personality, resulting in double-mindedness. A further consequence is that your behavior will be inconsistent. This means, you can’t live consistently saintly. You’ll go back and forth between sin and holiness. But this is not God’s will or plan for you (Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8). Part of correcting the problem begins with correcting your identity. Your identity must be single and consistent. 

As God’s holy child , it’s important that you operate with one mindset – the mindset of a saint, just like an eagle must operate with the mindset of an eagle. If an eagle operates with the mindset of a cat, sooner or later, it’ll live like a cat and hang out with cats. A sinner mindset will only lead to an endless cycle of sinning. But, when you got born again, Jesus wired you for holiness. Therefore, you have in you the God-given inherent capacity to live like Jesus. This is your identity and calling. You have no other identity or calling. Your ID = Saint; your Calling = live holy. If you operate with two competing identities or two opposing mindsets – sinner plus saint – the cycle of sinning will continue. The Bible says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). For a saint, committing sin is the exception, not a habit or the norm (Read 1 John 2:1-6; 3:1-9).

Summing up, don’t wait to be pronounced a saint by people who have neither the power nor the resources to determine the truth in your heart. And don’t hope to become a saint; you are a saint, according to the Word of God. What you must do, is live out your saint-identity. It’s possible for a saint to sin. But if you do sin, repent and stick to your only identity and your only calling (Read 1 John 2:1-2). Go be the saint Jesus has made you, and you’ll notice the fruit of righteousness manifest in your behavior. 

Confess:

My Dad is holy. And so am I, by his grace. I know that Jesus has taken away sinner-identity and has given me a saint-identity. Therefore, a sinful life  is not for me. Sin shall have no dominion over me. I yield my body to my Father as an instrument of righteousness.  I am a saint, and through the power of the Holy Spirit in me,  my behavior shall line up accordingly. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Ephesians 4:17-32

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

Understanding 1 Peter (1:13-25)

God is holy. So are we – his children. Our “sinner” identity was buried with Christ when we got saved by grace through faith in Christ. God no longer calls us sinners. We are his saints. That is our true identity. Let us, therefore, live like saints.