So you want choices? Really?

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3 reasons to believe in predestination

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The real “How well do you know your true self” true-false test

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How well do you know your true self?

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What I believe about myself today

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Good people don’t go to heaven. Bad people do.

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The “Good Christian” myth

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Three Parts Of Man — Body, Soul, Spirit

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The Jesus way

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Who is Jesus?

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The Original Identity Thief

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Our True Identity In Christ

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The best stress relievers. Guaranteed.

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Who are you?

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What’s the difference between knowing and believing?

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5 + 2

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When we see The Father for the first time

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How do we get right with God?

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God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

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Living under the other shoe

shoe dropFor years I toiled under the weight of a “works” oriented salvation. I believed that to please God I had to work to earn His favor and His grace. When  I did good things I believed my deeds were pleasing to God and, for the moment, I had gained His favor. But, when I sinned (and I did.  A lot) I believed, even when I repented, God would make me pay with some consequence or retribution.  I considered it, “Waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

It was a miserable way to live. I went about my day trying to figure out what the
shoe would be. Would it hurt? Would it drop when I least expected it? Would it drop when I was enjoying pleasant times? Would it drop on my friends? When it dropped would my friends abandon me? Would it grieve me or cause me emotional pain? Would I suffer?

Then in August, 2000, I learned my true identity in Christ. God showed me His grace and taught me I didn’t have to pay for any or all the sins I committed. He told me, “They’re all already paid for. Stop waiting for that shoe and let me show you how much I love you.”

I’ve never worried about that shoe again.

 

What’s your WQ–Winning Quotient?

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How do we know the one true Church?

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Baskin Robins Christianity

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The Blackest Friday

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What we’re entitled to

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A young man with the right answers

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Do humans get a pass on sin?

Is it okay for people to sin just because they’re human? What do you think?

How many times have we heard people who get caught committing sin announce, “I’m only human.” Why yes, we are. All of us are “humans”. We’re mortal. Politicians claim membership as humans with a flair of confidence after they’ve been caught in sin. Admitting they’re “human” seems to justify all manner of transgressions, to them anyway.

Paul reminds us in Romans 3:23 all (all us humans) have sinned and fall sort of the glory of God.

But does admitting we’re human when we sin give us a pass? Does our human condition make it okay? Where’s the remorse? Where’s the repentance? Where’s the accountability? Does being human justify sinning? Can we justify our sins by simply admitting we’re human?

We can be justified, but not by anything we say or do.  We are justified by the precious blood of Jesus on the cross. His priceless blood supplies the only justification for our sins. Not anything from or by us. It is only Jesus and his blood on the cross that justifies the sins of us humans who have a personal relationship with Him.

Let’s replace, “I’m only human” with “It is against You, and You only, that I have sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so You are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. from Psalm 51.

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Today I found an uplifting, positive blog

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Our TRUE identity is in Christ

By Deborah Ann Bulka
I am sealed for the day of redemption
I am called to eternal glory
I am the aroma of Christ to God
I am crucified with Christ
I am not ashamed
I am a sinner
I am forgiven
I am born again
and I am going to heaven!

Who are you without Christ?

©2014 by Deborah Ann Bulka

Grace means . . .

Editor’s Note:Grace means . . .” was written by Sparrow Girl on her blog over at Underthewaterfallofgrace It appears on here home page sidebar. She’s been one of my favorite blogging friends for years. She and I share the same passion for our true identity in Christ. She writes about it beautifully. Be blessed, my precious readers.

Grace means there are no demands on you today..you do not need to ‘do’ anything or ‘become’ anything – you already ARE all you were meant to be, as a gift (something given, not worked for, something already yours, experienced and enjoyed here and now by simple faith – by seeing it is yours), by Jesus’ work on your behalf.

You already ARE righteous, loved, accepted, at peace with God, empowered, free from sin’s power, strong, holy, pure, and ONE with God, together with Him forever.

You are His child, included in the royal family, and the inheritance is yours in Christ!

There is nothing left for you to do because Jesus did it all and will manifest it all in you! You are free! Free to enjoy a love relationship with the most Perfect Love of all – HIM!

Our identity in Christ

Our identity in Christ
By Deborah Ann Belka

I am being trained in righteousness
I am created for good works
I am a doer of the word
I am kind
I am humble
I am meek
I am patient
I am loving
I am fruitful
I am steadfast
I am gentle
I am faithful
I am never alone
I am never hungry
I am never thirsty

©2013 by Deborah Ann Bulka

Our REAL identity in Christ

©My Real Identity In Christ
By Deborah Ann Belka

I am a slave to righteousness
I am baptized with the Holy Spirit
I am a partner of Christ, Jesus
I am His temple
I am His building
I am His field
I am His branch
I am His follower
I am His fellow worker
I am His ambassador
I am the salt of the earth
I am the light of the world
I am sober-minded and watchful
I am armed
I am His warrior
I am His friend

©2013 by Deborah Ann Bulka

 

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Who we are in Christ–Tuesday

EDITOR”S NOTE–This week we are fortunate to have Deborah Ann Belka as a guest author. I encountered Deborah when I linked to her post last week on Bloggingmeetup. Each day this week we will publish one of Debra’s poems about our true identity in Christ. Debra Ann has captured in beautiful verse the essence of the child God has created us to be. What Deborah writes is true for every child of God, whether they believe it or not.  Enjoy and be blessed.

By Deborah Ann Belka
I am loved
I am bought with a price
I am redeemed
I am set free from sin
I am joined to the Lord
I am alive by grace
I am justified
I am forgiven
I am sanctified
I am reconciled
I am transformed
I am renewed
I am made perfect
I am dead to sin

Who we are in Christ poetically

EDITOR”S NOTE–This week we are fortunate to have Deborah Ann Belka as a guest author. I encountered Deborah when I linked to her post last week on Bloggingmeetup. I wanted to share a post of hers each day this week. She writes beautifully about discovering our true identity in Christ. You may remember that the sole purpose of my blog is to help us all know, understand, believe and live out of our true identity in Christ. Many of my posts focus on those four goals. Deborah Ann captures the pure essence of what our true identity in Christ is in her poetry. I wanted to share her thoughts with all of you. I know you will be blessed. You can read more of Deborah’s writing on her blog at Poetry by Deborah Ann

Who am I in Christ?
By Deborah Ann Belka
I am fearfully
and wonderfully made
I am His new creation
I am predestined
I am chosen
I am adopted
I am a son of God
I am God’s child
I am a child of light
I am a child of day
I am God’s bride
I am God’s clay
I am God’s future
I am God’s hope
I am alive to God
I am destined
I am called

©2013 by Deborah Ann Bulka

Do you have a big but?

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New Identity

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“Kind” on my mind

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately. Thinking there’s not enough of it.

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Target stores pander to LGBTs; and the bride’s wearing soiled undies.

CAUTION: Today’s post contains a frank, candid discussion of the state of the bride of Christ. To err on the side of caution, I recommend it for adult readers only.

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Grace Linguistics

By Ken Chester
Blogger Guru over at Grace Gripped

Ken Chester is one of my favorite writers and bloggers. He understands his true identity in Christ and writes about the grace that has so lovingly and totally embraced his life. I know you’re going to love “Grace Linguistics” and you’ll be blessed if you visit his site and read his grasp of God’s grace.    Enjoy.

“From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. you are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” Romans 6:11 MSG

Life in Christ includes learning a new language. Before Christ, your view of the world was shaped by everything broken: families .. education .. relationships .. possessions .. accomplishments .. and trying to fill the inside of your life with the “outside”.  It was never all that simple. A lot of choices .. good and bad .. went into how you looked at life .. at how you wanted to live .. at how you wanted to be loved .. and who you wanted to love. The world you live in wants you comfortable and conformed to its language. It tries to persuade you with defining any choice you make as being acceptable. It pressures you to accept everything on the outside as being permissible. And it will punish you with exclusion and rejection if you fail to agree to it’s terms and conditions. Sin by it’s very nature wants to hide .. to deceive .. and to just blend in around your world. It resists definition. It produces death everywhere it is allowed to grow. It reproduces heartache .. brokenness .. shame .. anxiety .. and a defeated you. Without Christ, you could never learn a new language not grounded in sin. Grace is His vocabulary. At first the words don’t fit the world you live in. It’s hard to see the shape of Jesus-words in the noise and confusion of today. But it is the only language that makes sense to you in Christ. Jesus is the one who took you once-sin-dead-life and made it alive in Him. It was His words and work that cleaned you up on the inside and given you a new language for life. This world no longer has a claim on you … Christ does. It only takes a moment ..

“Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable (“all have sinned”) of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:23-24 MSG

Visit Grace Gripped for more thought-provoking blogs by Ken Chester.

My Mom never breaks the law

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Good people don’t go to heaven

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Don’t we have to do SOMEthing?

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Have you ever mumbled to yourself and said. . .

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What Jesus Teaches Me

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I was a Feelings-Facts-Faith kind of guy

Before I learned my true identify in Christ, I lived decades in a “feelings-facts-faith” mindset.  I depended on my feelings (my emotions) to influence my choices and my thoughts. I rarely progressed to the “facts” (my choices were already made) of the matter. Faith was just something I talked about in Sunday School or heard in church. It was rarely a factor in helping me make life choices.

On my winding road to sanctification the Holy Spirit is teaching me that my feelings trigger one of two responses.  Hurtful things said to me or done to me triggered a reaction. My reactions were usually immediate and based on how the hurt made me feel. Then the conversation usually escalated to anger. And nothing got resolved.

Now, I can take something hurtful said or done to me and weigh it against Scripture and God’s truth (what the facts are). Then I can respond by putting my faith in God. Nailing  to the cross. Releasing it. And forgiving the offender.

I am learning bit-by-bit to check my feelings, seek the facts (the truth) then respond in faith. Am I able to get to faith in God every time? No. This is relatively new to me. A new course in my sanctification. The Holy Spirit is teaching me day by day, experience by experience.

I can say that when I’m able to respond and not react, I allow my trials and hurts to progress from feelings to facts to faith. When that happens I experience unprecedented and soul-gratifying joy and growth in Christ I’ve never felt before.

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Meekness: A Fruit Of The Spirit

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“Evangelical” Ping Pong

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“Christian” Is A Label, Not A Life

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