For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
Right identification is crucial for victorious living. The moment we got born again we were made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is simply the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Him enables us to live out of who He has called and purposed us to be.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
Power, strength and victory in the Christian life are directly tied to the resurrection of Jesus. When He overcame sin, death and the grave, we overcame with Him! In Christ we have the victory over every difficulty or adversity we could ever face. And so it does not matter what it seems like in the natural, our starting point as Believers is always victory; and out of this we move from victory to victory!
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
The grace of God that brings salvation is Jesus. And the way grace teaches us is by being alive on the inside of us, molding and shaping us from the inside out. The more we look to Jesus, the more His Holy Spirit works in us, enabling us to live out of who He has called us to be. Grace transforms our hearts, and a transformed heart will always result in a transformed life.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
What goes on in our lives can be traced back to what is in our hearts. Jesus is in the heart transformation business! When we let Him into our hearts, He will mold and shape us from the inside out, He will radically change our hearts so we can receive and become instruments of His grace and goodness in every area of life.
But that on good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 8:15 (KJV)
We bring forth fruit when the Word of God falls on the good ground of a receptive heart. As we receive the Word in faith and humility, placing it above the thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the world, our heart becomes open and receptive to the things of God. As we continue faithfully in the Word, we bring forth fruit with patience. And patience simply means persistent and enduring faith.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:34 (KJV)
The new commandment to love follows us first receiving God’s love for us. It is only when our hearts are saturated by the love of Christ that we have the ability to love others in the way He loves us. Let us focus on the love of God in Christ Jesus, and we will find His love flowing out through us.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
Jesus has once and for all set us free from the bondage of living under the law. The liberty of Jesus’ finished works enables us to live freely as children of God: redeemed, healed, delivered, forgiven, and recipients of the unmerited favor and blessings our Father wants to bestow upon us.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
Grace teaches us because grace is a living reality that is at work in the heart of every born again Believer. By us simply putting our faith in Jesus and His finished works, the Holy Spirit works in us, transforming us and creating in us a new heart filled with desires that are pleasing to God. Grace therefore empowers us to live right and to see victory in every area of our life.