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Do You Know Who You Are?

Who You Are is in Christ @saintintraining.net

Just as a husband is to love his bride Christ loves his church (his body). In the book of Ephesians Paul relays the love of Christ by way of explaining Christ’s plans for His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). God wants us to know definitively who we are in Him and who we are to Him.

It’s hard to conceive of God’s love for us, an imperfect and sin-ridden people. It’s part of our nature to love those who love us in return so we find it difficult to believe and to receive a love that’s freely given. Yet God the Father and our Master Jesus Christ calls us His “portion” and special possession. (Deut. 32:9) We are God’s gift to Himself. Mind boggling I know but it’s true. How can it be so?

Ephesians 1:3-6 from The Message bible explains it this way:

How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.

Despite all our sinsDo you see? It’s not because we’re so good, not because of anything we’ve done (or can do) but it’s quite simply through Christ Jesus that we gain access to God’s love. He purposed it so from the very beginning! That means that He saw us through His Son, the Divine Filter, and loved us. Despite our sin, all of our hang-ups and short comings God sees us as His beautiful bride. Hallelujah! Is that not a cause to rejoice? Imagine an anxious bridegroom waiting at the altar longing to see His beautiful bride walk through the doorway. There’s a moment of silence pregnant with anticipation then the music begins and all eyes turn toward the doors and enters you and me!

God is the Heavenly Bridegroom and we are His Bride. And who gives us away? His Son! “What pleasure He took in planning this. He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.” He united with us in Holy matrimony and instead of a ring He gave us His very spirit: the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 49:16 reads thus: “See I have engraved you on the palms of my hand.”

Beloved are you beginning to realize who you are? John declared, “You are of God…” that means we are His seed, His heritage. He is in us and we are in Him. Do you know whose you are?

We are God’s gift to Himself and He (Christ) is God’s gift to us. It is through/in Christ that our freedom, from sin and God’s judgement was made manifest. All of God’s plans for and concerning us were bundled up in Christ. Do you remember when Jesus said I have not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it? He was not only speaking of the Laws of Moses but He was also speaking of God’s long range plans for us. He saw us afar off and planned for us! For every misstep He planned a way out. For every tear He prepared a word of comfort, for every instance of our lives God made plans for each of us.

We are not mistakes: we are a part of God’s divine plan! If a born-again believer attempts We are not mistakes!to live a saved life (the early disciples called it The Way) without knowing who He/she is in Christ their life will be fraught with failure after failure. Only the Holy Spirit can give this revelation, if you have not received the in-filling of the Holy Spirit (as evidenced by the speaking of other tongues/a true language taught only by the Spirit) I encourage you to seek God for the baptism experience.

The following scriptures are for your study and edification. We pray that God encourages your heart in your reading and meditation. Beloved you matter to God, seek Him and allow Him to reveal Himself to you.

The Holy Spirit is the Key to All Knowledge
John 3:16
Acts 2:38-39, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:15-18

Who We are in Christ
John 1:12
Isaiah 63:8-9
2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Hebrews 12:9

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Wonderful God!

My God is wonderful! He is stunning in His majesty. Is there anyone, anywhere like Him? Who can make grass grow, or the waves billow? Who can send the clouds on a journey across the sky? And tell the rain to fall here but not there? Who can restore that which is lost or add years to a dying man? Who can deliver from the enemy and cause joy to flow into a burdened soul? Who? Who but God can reign over planets, moons and stars? Who but my wonderful God who is stunning in His majesty?

No one but my God, my God alone.

My soul sings, my heart rejoices. My lips turn up at the thought of Him. Joy springs inside and lights up my inner-being with His magnificent light – the very light from heaven! I love you oh Lord and you love me! I feel your loving arms around me. I feel your presence and sing. You’re my friend, the lover of my soul, my Father and King. You are my everything and there is no one who can take your place. I love you oh my Lord! My God. My Restorer. My Savior!

You make me laugh and cry with happiness. Words pour out and run out because they are not enough to describe you. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you forever!

Amen

Woman!

In all dangers, troubles and extremities, which fell to our Savior, when all men fled Him, living or dead, women never forsook Him.

Ester Sowerman 1617

Woman, that most blessed of creatures, is a mother to nations, a daughter of Zion, a bride of Christ, a sister to all who labor, midwife, friend, care-taker, provider, mender of wounds, singer of songs – believer.

It was a woman, Mary, the mother of Jesus, who first believed the messiah’s birth (Luke 1:45). A woman, Mary Magdalene, was first to believe his resurrection (Luke 24:1-10). And it was she to whom He first chose to reveal Himself.

To be a woman and saved is to be blessed. He never relegated us to second-class citizenship or overlooked us in a crowd. We raised Him from infancy to manhood, followed Him and cared for Him in His ministry, washed His feet with our hair, was faithful to Him when the twelve could not be found, followed Him to Cavalry, cleansed His broken body, witnessed His first appearance after His resurrection and spread the word of His return to the unbelieving disciples. We were there on the day of His ascent, was filled with His spirit on the day of Pentecost and even today it us, His brides, his daughters and workers in the field who are the backbone of His church.

We are the first line of defense for new lives birthed into the world, for it is our relationship with Him that forms each life. It is our testimony by which souls can be saved, it is our prayers and our tears which move God to act. “Call for the wailing women…” (Jeremiah 9:17-18, 20) and once the call was made we came, and we cried, He moved. There is no one stronger, no one more faithful than a woman of God. Women, filled with the spirit of God, crying and travailing before His throne moves Him like no one can. It is our prayers that break the strong holds in our families.

I thank God for being a woman. I thank God for calling me to be like Him. Women are the backbone of the Church. There is nothing wrong with being in the back, it’s whats behind you that pushes you forward! Praise God! It is our prayers, our testimonies, our labors of love that cause the Church to flourish. It is our stedfastedness that God sees and rewards. Most churches begin in the living room of a praying woman’s house. Peter is the rock of the church but after God who do you think was Peter’s rock? It was his wife!

We must take care in our desire to do a work for the Lord, that in our zeal we do not allow the enemy to come in and tamper with our eager hearts and warp the word of God and cause us to be led astray. Women are blessed beyond measure. I am proud and gratified of the role I play in God’s kingdom and will endeavor to work for Him always.

Pray for my strength in the Lord and I will pray for yours.