Wednesday, August 22, 2018

"Identity Reflection"

What if we as Christ followers focused more on reflection than correction? When we reflect the heart of Christ to others, Christ in us draws them to Him. By His grace through faith they receive salvation, and His Spirit in them will take care of the correction and transformation in their lives. That seems pretty obvious, right? The problem is, religion--including some western expressions of Christianity--is built on the "correction" narrative. Much of the emphasis is on personal performance, principle following, behavior modification, and shame and fear-based living. It should be on pointing to and reflecting His Heart, His Love, His Power, and His Cross! Ultimately, it seems that those who focus on a “corrective” narrative have more faith in the fallibility of humanity, and their ability to point out the error in others, than they do in the transformative power of the Holy Spirit to lead & guide into truth, and the redemptive love of Christ to affect and correct the lives of people.

"Seeing As A Son"

When you understand your new identity in Christ, you no longer have to focus on the fallibility of the flesh, the brokenness of the fallen world, or on shaming ourselves into principle-laden behavior modification. That "sounds" humble, spiritual, and all, but it's actually prideful and self-righteous. We are NEW creations in Christ, and we can live every aspect of our lives from THAT reality by the Holy Spirit in and through us. We're no longer shackled by the confinements of human nature in a sinful world. In Christ, we are no longer "sinners saved by grace". We were, but now, we are sons & daughters of the King, set free to live in the reality of our all-things-new lives! #MiDentity517 #AllThingsNew #InChrist #AboveAndBeyond

"Faith Over Feeling"

Faith isn't intrinsic in humanity, but feelings are. Faith is established in eternal truth, while feelings are established in temporary circumstance. Faith is stronger than feeling, and though it may take time to see, Faith will get the final word, and what you believe for in faith will come to pass, even though the feelings and circumstance may evidence the opposite at present. We are called to a life of faith not feelings, in Christ. This is completely counterintuitive to human nature. That's why, as Paul said, "The life I now live (in the flesh) I live BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD." I have to live my "natural" life from HIS supernatural faith. #DontGiveUp#DeclareTruth #SensesLie #Stand