October 7, 2018
When God looks at you, He sees something different than what you see in the mirror.
God sees you COMPLETE in Christ. (as a new baby)
He sees you in fullness.
He sees you made in the image of Jesus.
Why? Because He placed you into Christ. (BACON illustration)
When God looks at you, He doesn’t see anything wrong with you because He did away with all those things that were wrong with you and place it onto Jesus on the cross.
He only sees what’s missing in your experience of Him, and He has every intention of providing it for you and I.
God took everything that was not right about you—not just your sins. He took all your negativity, lack of peace, anxiety, worries, fears insecurities… everything that was working against you. He took it all away from you, and He put it onto Jesus.
So, never try to hide anything from God. Learn to come to Him, expecting to receive His grace for you.
Don’t focus on what you are not; rather put your focus on Jesus who is the author and perfecter of your faith.
Every day our prime objective is to learn how to receive God’s view of us, His purpose for us and His thoughts toward us.
Receiving all that He has to give should be our greatest joy, not our refusing, attempting to act humble.
Many people are willing to receive a measure of God’s goodness, kindness, joy, peace—whatever it is that we need. But fullness messes with our heads!
If you are going to be made into the image of Jesus, you’re going to need to have an enormous capacity to receive, because He has an enormous amount of Himself to give you!
We don’t want to receive just a little of God in our learning, because then, we will only be able to portray Him to the world in mediocrity. Love the learning. Love the receiving. Love having your capacity enlarged and filled for His goodness, grace and identity given beyond all logic and reason.
In God’s eyes, our old life has already met its demise and is finished. The Cross has set us free from our old man. When Christ died, so did we. He did not just die for me, Christ died as me.
When Christ was buried He took your old life with Him and when He was raised from the dead He left your old man behind. Your past cannot ever be resurrected. It is gone, finished, forever, asta lavista baby. you died in Christ, then a brand new version of you was re-created through the cross.
Eph. 2.10 (NKJV) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Now we are walking together with Christ in a completely new and totally different life. Our old self was crucified with Christ so that everything connected to that life would remain in the grave.
We are united together with Christ always and no one and nothing can ever separate us.
All the old has passed away and you are a new creation in Jesus.
We now have the amazing Holy Spirit to empower and support all our advancement as we experience Jesus’ life in us.
You are no longer a slave to sin. It is no longer your nature to sin. Christ has removed it. All that remains of your old life is a powerless corpse that is desperately holding onto us not wanting to give way to the NEW life we have in Christ.
6 Could it be any clearer[b] that our former identity[c] is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us,[d] so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.[e] 7 Obviously, a dead person is incapable of sinning. 8 And if we were co-crucified with the Anointed One, we know that we will also share in the fullness of his life.