23
Feb
2016
New Identity in Christ

Glenn’s Redemption Story: Finding Strength through the Pain (Part 2) | Episode 26

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This is part 2 of Glenn’s story. Listen to Part 1.

Just because a person becomes a Christian does not mean that life gets any easier. Often times, it gets harder. The enemy doesn’t want you to succeed and will do everything in his power to remind us of our shortcomings, to keep us down and out.

We can all struggle with these questions…

“Where am I headed in life?” “What is my purpose?” “Who am I REALLY?”

Part of knowing who we are is knowing where we came from. The ministry Glenn works for, Hope For The Heart, says it like this in there Biblical resources on Identity in Christ:

“Most people experience confusion about who they really are because they lack a biblical understanding of what determines their identity. Your behavior is an outgrowth of your identity. Our personal  identity is determined by what “family” we are born into. Spiritually, everyone is a decedent of Adam—we were born into “Adam’s family.” No one is Adam’s family has the capacity to live as God designed us to live.

“(BUT,) A new spiritual life is made possible in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. To embrace Him as your personal Lord and Savior is to inherit a new family and a new identity “in Christ.” With this new identity you will begin to develop Christlike character by choosing to reply on Him to (help) with your daily problems.

1 Corinthians 15:22 reminds us that, “In Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”  

When we believe, have faith and trust our live to Christ and begin following Him moment to moment with our everything, so much changes. I don’t believe that the Christian life was made to life only in part; Christ did not ask us to live half-heartedly for Him. In the old testament, the Israelite’s had the ability to bring an offering for different areas of their life, including a tenth of their earnings as a tithe to the Lord. When Jesus came on the scene, he lets us know that life wasn’t meant to be lived in silos or portioned in different ways as offerings to the Lord; but, rather that everything of our being and makeup should be given to the Lord.

Does God sounds like a God that wants all of us? Yes. As Christians, as Christ sacrificed himself for our ransom from death, we should not be fighting the true, real and full life that we can have in Christ. It’s like we were saved from a burning car wreck and every chance we get, we are trying to run back into the fire — or at least go stand close to feel the warmth of the still burning flames. In many areas of our life we are “running back to death” when we don’t turn from the sins that Christ saved us from. We are tempting our bodies with poisons that will overtake and consume our souls.

A new identity

Now that we know where we came from and that we have the ability to walk “in the light” and life that God has made a way for, we should choose daily to renew our mind and walk in the truth that God has for us.

The truth is that there was a metaphorical jungle of chaos and ill-living that has grown up. There was no way out. Period. BUT, there is a God of the universe who made a path, a “way where there was no way,” that can ONLY be found through Christ. Nothing that man can do can pull you out of the chaos of the jungle. There is only one Savior, and one way out of the mess you feel you are in.

If you want to be adopted into a family and have a new identity given to you, ask God for help. Following and living for Christ is the only way — truly. Nothing else will work.

If you are seeking God and need His help — even if you have been a Christian for years, but are struggling, know that there is hope in Christ! While I am not writing out a prayer for you to follow today (as I prefer that people use their own words to speak to God and build that relationship with Him on their own), if you would like to reach out to us to have us pray with you today, we are open to that. You may contact us at any time.

Today’s story.

Listen to what it took for Glenn to get through the pain and find the strength daily to succeed through his past hurts and pain. We can all have the success and new identity in Christ that Glenn speaks about today.

To learn more about the ministry that Glen works for, Hope For The Heart, visit www.hopefortheheart.org or call 1-800-488-4673. From just needing prayer, to struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, or drug use, they are open and waiting to pray with you through the struggling you are walking through today.

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Music in this episode was contributed by Kevin Macleod.
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