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Knowing and Believing

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Who am I?

This is not a one-time question for most of us. Throughout life we can find ourselves questioning – yet again – who am I, and what have I allowed to influence my life over the voice of God?

The living God has given us His Word and Spirit. And He has told us who we are in Christ. He alone has the final word on who we are; not a social media feed, not your latest success or failure, not mom, not our bosses, kids, past, our worst enemies, or even ourselves. As followers of Jesus, we know that God is our identity-maker and shaper. His Word is the very place we find our identity defined.

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If we want to truly live out the life God has purposed for us – righteous, holy, beautiful lives for His glory – we have to know what God says and believe it. Knowing is one thing, but what we believe about ourselves will determine the direction of our lives.

Knowing and believing. This is powerful and true. We can know all day long, but only once these truths take root in our heart to the point that we believe will our words, thoughts and actions begin to manifest and reflect the beauty of our identity, straight from Scripture and the heart of God!

From today’s Scriptures, write down a verse that really speaks to your heart regarding your true identity. Keep it somewhere you will see it often throughout your day. Ask God to enlighten the eyes of your heart to see, know, and believe!

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Scriptures

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:15-23

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Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3: 1-3

Posted by Stephen Baragwanath in Identity in Christ, 0 comments

Looking for Truth

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John 1 reveals to us that Jesus Christ came to earth as the living word of God, as the light of the world, that creation could not have happened without Him and we should all make way for Him into our lives – that’sthe truth.  Chapter 2, reveals to us Jesus’ authority when He performs His first miracle of turning water into wine, throwing over the tables of the merchants in front His Father house and predicting His death for the first time.

The 3rd chapter is one of the most important in the entire Gospel. Many crucial ideas are explained in this passage, including the role of Jesus as our Saviour. After the loud, public commotion at the temple, John transitions to a quiet, night-time discussion. This passage of scripture make it clear that Christ—and Christ alone—is the means of salvation for the entire world. This scripture tell us that those who reject Jesus are rejecting God.

John 3 – Watch the vlog here: Looking for Truth

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John 3:1-21

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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Posted by Stephen Baragwanath in The Gospel of John, 3 comments