I absolutely love the way God sees me. It’s certainly NOT a bad description.
Text for Today – 1 Corinthians 1:30 – But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Once, while preaching on the subject of faith in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, a very religious-minded brother asked what gave me the authority to speak as I did, with so much boldness. I responded with our Text for Today, saying, “I’m redeemed, sanctified, righteous, and wise in Christ.” Interestingly, that meeting had been arranged for a morning session in the night club of the Hotel Intercontinental. There I stood, where the night before the bands had been playing their reggae music, and the people were smoking, dancing, and drinking. My response came to that man so quickly, he didn’t know what to say. Quite frankly, it came out of me so quickly, I didn’t have to think about it, and simply continued preaching. Later that morning, the response I gave him of who I was in Jesus became the foundation for a number of healings and miracles, not the least of which was a woman being totally healed of polio.
If someone were to ask you who you are, how would you respond? Remember, your answer to this question establishes your authority to be where you are, do what you do, and say what you say. If a law enforcement officer asks you for identification, your ability to properly identify yourself will determine if you can stay where you are, or you must move one, or possibly be arrested.
The verse in our Text for Today not only speaks of who you are in Jesus, but it also gives a description of who you are. You could tell someone whatever you desire about who you are, but if your picture (description) doesn’t match your name, you lose your credibility, and in some places in this world, that could mean being arrested, or even executed.
There is a very real enemy in the world who would like to convince you that you are less than what the Word of God says you are. Don’t believe him. Make up your mind right now that you believe God, and in the kingdom of God, you are who God says you are. God has said you are redeemed, sanctified, righteous, and wise. That is God’s description of His own children, so, why should we try to appear as something else. Keep this in mind; God will not help you to live or act in a manner that is contrary with His Word, but He will do whatever He must in order to uphold His Word and bring it to pass in your life. Isaiah 55:11 is still true, so, if I had to describe you, I’d say you are redeemed, sanctified, righteous, and wise.
Manna for Today – Galatians 3; Romans 8; James 1