Did you know that if you are born again, you are part of a royal family? It doesn’t matter what your background is, the color of your skin, or which side of the tracks you grew up on. Jesus has leveled the playing field for each and every person who chooses to accept Him as Lord and Savior. When we become followers of Christ, something supernatural takes place in our spirits; we are re-created spiritually and have access to everything heaven has to offer. Our job is to renew our minds to the new identity we have received through Christ.
A lot of Christians are going through an identity crisis because they simply don’t know who they are and what they have access to as a result of their relationship with Jesus. The Bible is a book of promises, or covenants, between God and His people. All He wants us to do is believe His Word and lay hold of the good things He has for us, by faith. We have to know we have a right to these things, however, because of who we are in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” When we accept Jesus, our spirits are literally recreated; we are not who we used to be, from a spiritual perspective. After the salvation experience, we must enter into the process of renewing our minds so our thinking will begin to line up with the conversion we have experienced. As our thoughts about ourselves change through continual study and application of God’s Word, we will begin to see ourselves differently, and consequently, we will begin to act differently. The things we used to do, we just won’t be able to do any more. Have you ever heard of a king cussing someone out when others made him angry? No! Kings understand what comes with their position, and they carry themselves accordingly. They have a higher standard of behavior because they know who they are. A king doesn’t waste time cussing out his enemies; he simply makes decrees concerning the areas and people who are under his authority. A king’s decree holds power and is final; it will come to pass because it was uttered from the mouth of the highest level of authority. As Believers, we have been changed into another spiritual species that is no longer connected to the world system and the laws that govern it. Our new identity is in Christ, and just like a king on earth, we are seated in a spiritual position with Him that surpasses the forces of darkness (Ephesians 2:6). We have access to the very nature of God, and all of His promises (2 Peter 1:3, 4). In order to align our lives with this new identity, we must renew our minds (Romans 12:1, 2). We must look into the Word of God like we look in the mirror in the morning because the Word will reflect back to us who we really are as born again people. By allowing the Scriptures to transform our thinking about who we are, and declaring what God has said about us, we can begin to experience what abundant living is all about!
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