Posts Tagged ‘Christian life’

Christian Identity

August 30, 2009

Who AM I?

The following list from ‘Victory over the Darkness’, itemises in first-person language who you really are and what you enjoy in Christ. One of the best ways to grow and mature as a believer is to continually remind yourself who you are and what you possess as a child of God. These qualities cannot be earned any more than the rights and freedoms you enjoy as a citizen of the nation where you live can be earned or bought. These traits are guaranteed to you by the Word of God simply because you were born into God’s family by faith in Christ. The more you affirm who you are in Christ, the more your behaviour will reflect your true identity.

I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)

I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5)

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)

I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)

I am a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18)

I am enslaved to God (Romans 6:22)

I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father (Romans 8:14,15; Galatians 3:26; 4:6)

I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:17)

I am a temple-a dwelling place-of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)

I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17)

I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30)

I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18,19)

I am a son of God and one in Christ (Galatians 3:26,28)

I am an heir of God since I am a son of God (Galatians 4:6,7)

I am a saint (1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2)

I am God’s workmanship His handiwork-born anew in Christ to do His work (Ephesians 2:10)

I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Ephesians 2:19)

I am a prisoner of Christ (Ephesians 3:1; 4:1)

I am righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24)

I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Ephesians 2:6; Philippians 3:20)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Colossians 3:4)

I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4)

I am a son of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1)

I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (Hebrews 3:14)

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5)

I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9,10)

I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11)

I am an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8)

I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (1 John 3:1,2)

I am born of God, and the evil one – the devil – cannot touch me (1 John 5:18).

I am not the great “I am” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:24,28,58), but by the grace of God, I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10).


The Greatest Conquest

August 26, 2009

Can you walk on water? You have done no better than a straw. Can you soar in the air? You have done no better than a fly. Conquer your heart; then you may become somebody.

Kharaja Abdullah, Ansari of Herat (1005-1090)

And the heart needs to be conquered due to its rebellion.

The absurdity of living as if Judgement were not real

August 7, 2009

This present life is momentary, but the state of death is eternal. How terribly important it is then, to live in the light of the eternal, since it ultimately affects all that we do or think…How absurd it is to behave differently.

…those who live without a thought for the final end of life, merely drifting wherever their inclinations and pleasures may take them…do so as if they could get rid of eternity simply by not thinking about it, and merely be preoccupied with instant happiness. But eternity does exist…

Blaise Pascal

Personal Discipline

August 6, 2009

Bishop Stephen Neill, missionary to India and author of many books was asked what was the most imortant quality in Christian effectiveness:  ‘Besides love,’ he replied, ‘discipline is the most important quality.’

William Carey once said to his nephew, Eustace:

If after my removal any one should think it worth his while to write my life, I will give you a criterion how you may judge of its correctness. If he give me credit for being a plodder he will do me justice. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.


August 4, 2009

Psychologists distinguish conformity (influence of a group) and obedience (instructions from a person).

Asch (1951) found that a smal group of people can influence a person to agree with an incorrect statement with about 1/3 always agreeing, and about 3/4 at least once. (Only three other people were needed for maximum influence). reasons included:

I didn’t want to cause embarrassment.

I didn’t want to be different

I didn’t want to be wrong

Nigel C. Benson, Introducing Psychology, Icon Books, 1999, p.153

Commitment phobia

August 4, 2009

In a recent, week-long survey of the downsizing phenomenon in the US, the New York Times discovered that there was what it called a new ‘mantra’ in corporations. ‘We are no longer able or willing to guarantee your future,’ the mantra goes. ‘You are responsible for your own career and your own destiny. We will provide you with opportunities to develop your skills and your experience, but employability not employment is the best we can offer.’ We are, in effect, all mercenaries now, on hire whatever the cause, useful as long as, and only as long as, we can perform.

‘In such a world, it is wise and prudent not to make long-term plans or invest in the distant future; not to get tied down too firmly to any particular place, group or cause, even an image of oneself, because one might find oneself not just unanchored and drifting but without an anchor altogether; it is prudent to be guided in today’s choices not by the wish to control the future, but by the reluctance to mortgage it. In other words, “to be provident” means now, more often than not, to avoid commitment. To be free to move when opportunity knocks. To be free to leave when it stops knocking.’

 Zygmunt Bauman (not, I think, aproving of the sentiment of non-commitment, rather narrating them)

What is Christianity?

August 3, 2009

The life of God in the soul of man.

Henry Scougal