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.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:17 (KJV)
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. He makes the truths of the Word of God real to us, He confirms the reality of the Word to our heart. We are called to live in complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit as He enables us and equips us to do what we cannot do in our own strength. Let’s fellowship and commune with Him daily, and draw on His strength, wisdom and ability as He works on the inside of us.
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.
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.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
All of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ Jesus. The purpose is so that the glory of God can show up in and through our lives so we may be a blessing to those we come into contact with. New covenant glory shows up in the earth when the finished works of Jesus Christ manifest in the lives of Believers.
“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 16:8 (NKJV)
God’s love and grace covers our nakedness—our shortcomings and failures, and we can stand boldly in His presence free from shame, guilt and condemnation. The covenant we have with God makes us His forever, and so all that the Father has is available to us as His sons and daughters.