How do we identify ourselves as Sinners or Saints?

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 8-10

We have all sinned and no one is saved except by God’s grace, but do we define ourselves by our old nature (sinners) or as new creations in Jesus Christ (saints)?

Keeping in mind,

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:2

Apostle Paul often addressed those who are in Christ Jesus as Saints, but

*I’ve noticed we often refer to ourselves as sinners.

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,….

So what does “saint” mean,

The word translated the Greek “ἅγιος” (hagios), which derives from the verb ἁγιάζω (hagiazo), which means “to set apart”, “to sanctify”, or “to make holy”. Wiki.

In Christ, our sins have been washed by the blood….

.…. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11

Sin is now outside of who we are in Christ.
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippines 3:9
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

And to stand, it is by His rightouseness. It is part of our armor.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

The accuser likes to remind us of our sins, trying to keep us living under the Law of sin and death.

But Faith in action says…

Our sins have been washed by the blood. We are no longer under the law of sin and death, but under the law of Grace. We have become new creations in Christ and our righteousness is of Him!
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:7

Our identy is in Him!

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When is God going to use me???

Some where in my Christian walk I became convinced that for God to use me I had to first become someone great.  You know like write an amazing Christian book or start a healing ministery.. But when I do look back on my life and see the times the Lord has used me I inevitably think,

Well that wasn’t me, it was you Lord.

It’s not false humility or anything just the facts…And I really think that’s how it’s supposed to work – Him working through us.  To God be the Glory!

 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  Romans 12:1

Then I also remember the verses below in Matthew 25… I believe they are the results of changed heart, a heart that loves.

When His love becomes so natural to us, we don’t even realize He has been loving others through us.  ( I rhymed) hehehehehe. Anyway…

If we see that someone is thirsty we natural would offer them a drink. Right?

But maybe in this we find a clue…

“If we see”…Some saw the hungry, sick, lonely, ect ….while others did not.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

It seems too, that worrying less about myself  and “my doing” is really freeing me up to “see others” more.

And I LIKE THAT.

 

The Pride the bible warns us about?

I believe pride is the product of thinking like the world. The church speaks a lot about pride.  Enough so it has kept my head spinning for years.  But I think we have made it too complicated.  This morning I woke up and came to this simple conclusion.

Pride is simply believing you’re  better  than someone else. As soon as you find yourself looking down on another person for whatever reason that is pride. You’ll know because gossip, belittling, and accusing words soon follow.

When we really love, like the biblical love, we see others as our brothers and sisters. Equal and of great value. Every person having God given gifts, talents, and purpose.

If we believe that some people are important, than we must also believe others are unimportant.

A couple of my favorite verses on pride.

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not. 1 Cor. 4:7

The Pharisees’ Pride kept them from acknowledging and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  They had the,  “I know better than God,”  kind of Pride.

I enjoy this story of the Pharisees and the blind man.  Jesus had opened the eyes of the blind man. Now they were questioning him.  As he was sharing his testimony, about Jesus, the Pharisee immediately started gossiping, belittling, and accusing him.  Followed by, “who are you to tell us.” And then they threw him out.

I’ve lived this myself, got the T-shirt in fact, and I am sure I am not the only one by simply sharing my testimony as we are instructed to do.

30The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. John 9:30-34

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I have found that remembering my own sins is a great humbler. Praise God they have been washed away, but it helps me to remember we are all in the same boat.

 

No matter how much I change, you remain the same.

I can spend a lifetime healing, growing, and improving,

And I did and I have because you convinced me it was me.

but you remain the same. Then I realized I am not the one that is broken.

For by his stripes I have been healed.

I am just not of you.

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19

The Temple has Walls

Walls are not always a bad thing.

Notice walls were built around the temple and a vineyard for protection.

We are the temple of God, the Church, and boundaries are still essential.

My walls, my boundaries, were torn down at a young age because I grew up with abuse. Abusive people have no respect for boundaries. All which set me up for more abuse as I grew older. So my walls needed to be rebuilt.

But,

When I attended church, I was taught to love others unconditionally, but still not taught to love and protect myself.

I was taught forgive and keep forgiving. But still not taught to walk away from people who kept sinning against me.

I was taught to think the best about others, but still not taught to be on guard for wolves in sheep’s clothing.

And if I ever questioned someone’s character, I was told I was mistaken or I was being judgemental.

The result – more abuse –

But God…

I finally woke up to the knowledge that something wasn’t right.

I had to stop mistaking man’s word for God’s Word about who God is and who I am in Him.

I had to start following the inward leading, and stop allowing myself to be led astray by people, manipulation, guilt, fear, and doubt.

I had to start trusting God and myself more and other people less.

And I have had to work with the Lord to rebuild and restored the walls the enemy sought to destroy.

We are the temple and the temple has walls. And God has put them in place for our protection to separate us from our enemies, and those who cross our boundaries.


The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 10:18

Yoked with Christ

Breaking the Yoke of salvery –

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high. Leviticus 23:13

Yoked to Christ

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30

We are the Bride of Christ. The two become one Christ and the Church.

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 2 Cor 11:2

“Warning Against Idolatry”

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. 2 Cor 6:14

Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together Duet 22:10

Ox was considered clean while the donkey unclean. The results of being unequally yoked causes a much greater burden on the ox. The result of the Church and idolatry.

The relationship between David and Jonathan:

After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:1

David and Jonathan’s relationship is symbolic of believers, the Church, being of the same Spirit.

Interesting to note:

The word Pharisees: means one who is separate.