Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am one who God gives the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 15:57
Message Bible:
But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three- sin, guilt, death -- are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.


WHAT A GIFT! Truly it does not get any better than this! That's why we "throw ourselves" into the work for the Master! Nothing else is worthy of our energy in comparison! So go for it! WORK for HIM like it was your last day on earth! Love for Him like you might never have another chance to do so again! Therein lies REAL victory! 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who God always leads in triumph in Christ
2 Corinthians 2:14

In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade.


I like the translation that says: "Thanks be to God who always leads us forward in triumphant procession!" Sounds like a REAL parade to me! And we thought a ticker tape parade was a BIG DEAL! Of course, it's a choice which way we look at it all! We can see life as a perpetual funeral procession OR as it says here "one perpetual victory parade! The choice is up to us! FORWARD MARCH!!!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am endued with power from on high

Luke 24:49
...I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until He arrives, until you're equipped with power from on high.


The promise of the Father - to be filled to overflowing the the Holy Spirit of God! It's not an added bonus - it's our inheritance! It's part of the whole package! Ever try to run your car without gasoline? You do not get very far! - Same idea - Every try running your life without the power from on high? You do not get very far! Lift up your heart with thanksgiving today and ask the Father for a new portion a new infilling of HIS spirit! I guarantee you HE will come and fill your heart to overflowing! Then see what happens as you travel through your day! You'll never again leave home without Him! :-)

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Phil 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me....


NOTICE - it does not say CAN'T DO! I once heard an interesting talk on "Knocking the "T" out of "can't" :-) Remember the story of the "Little Engine that Could"? A train load of toys needed to pulled over the mountain and he kept telling himself, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...... which eventually turned into I DID - I DID! So whatever "T" is standing in your path today knock it out of the way because for us it's not "I think I can" but rather I KNOW I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. It doesn't leave room for excuses! Just get up into this day and DO what God wants YOU to do! 

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am strong in the Lord

Ephesians 6:10
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might....

No need to go start lifting barbells - it has nothing to do with YOUR strength! It's HIS strength that is made perfect in our weakness - feeling weak? Lean back on HIS everlasting arms and see what happens - the strength of JEHOVAH takes over and you become like dynamite in HIS hands! Allow HIM to live His life in and through you today and remember the JOY of the Lord is your STRENGTH!


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Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has overcome the wicked one

1 John 2:14
....and you have overcome the wicked one

Most of the time we don't even think about it - but it is part of who we are in Christ! Overcomers! So do not be overcome of EVIL!! WIN! Fight the good fight of faith! Lay hold of the victories Christ intends for YOU to win! As far as HE'S concerned you've already won the GOLD medal! GO FOR IT!
 
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am endued with power from on high

Luke 24:49

...you are endued with power from on high -

Trying to live the Christian life without the "power from on High" is like trying to run your car without any gasoline! It just doesn't work! So open your heart up to your Father this morning and ask Him to refill you with His Holy Spirit the "power from on High" you'll see your day runs much smoother! Then do it again tomorrow and all the days that follow - He has not put any limits on how many times He'll fill you and the price stays the same! FREE for the asking!


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am strong in the Lord

Romans 15:1
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Message Bible reads:
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?"


That's God's kind of strength - not for a show of power but for a demonstration of HIS GREATNESS in us.!!! You may not feel strong, but undoubtedly there is someone in your life you can lend a hand to in the STRENGTH of Jehovah - it may be at the very moment it is crucially needed - BE STRONG IN THE LORD! DO IT TODAY!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has overcome the world
1 John 4:4

My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world.

1 John 5:4
Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world's ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.

Clearly, each one of us has a very important part to play in the whole overall scope of things - at least from God's perspective! We get so caught up in our own little area and corner that we forget easily that there is more at stake here than meets the eye! God is counting on us to actually stand up and BELIEVE He is who He said is and live that out our daily lives in such a way that shows everyone around us that we believe in HIM!!!!
This is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith! !  !
Jesus said, "when the Son of Man comes (returns) will he find faith on the earth?" WOW! I don't know about you that makes me want to BELIEVE GOD MORE and display it in my living! That's how we overcome the world!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has overcome the wicked one

1 John 2:14 Message Bible
And a second reminder, dear children: You know the Father from personal experience. You veterans know the ONE who started it all and you newcomers --such vitality and strength! God's word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One. 


Here the Apostle of love [John the beloved] tells the followers of Christ that their FELLOWSHIP with God enables them to WIN over EVIL! Notice the past tense! Often we feel powerless or useless in the battle against evil - but remember we are told "RESIST the devil and he will flee from you.! Nothing makes him run like using the WORD of God! Do you feel you have no strength left for battle? RESIST! Having done all to stand, stand - ! Don't quit - it's usually darkest just before DAWN! FIGHT ON! Tomorrow comes the SONG! 

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

September 20, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am one who has all the fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22,23
The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.


We have the whole fruit basket! :-) Adam and Eve had the natural fruit of the garden - but we have the REAL fruit available to us that came to us through Calvary! Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Only God could provide such abundance! Don't be shy with HIS provision - dive in and have the fruit party of your life!

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has self-control

Galatians 5:23
the fruit of the spirit is self-control
The Message Bible says - "able to marshal and direct our energies wisely"

Clearly a fruit of God's spirit - for without HIS spirit we would tend to be more like an aimless machine gun! :-) HE gives us PURPOSE - therefore we are able to "direct our energies wisely" - It's just another trick of the enemy to steal kill and destroy our time and energy mindlessly. They say "fore-warned is fore-armed" Don't fall for every distraction you ARE one who has self-control!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015
Who I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has gentleness

Galatians 5:23
the fruit of the spirit is .... gentleness...


Jesus is the perfect "GENTLEMAN" - while this is only one of HIS many facets, yet, like "kindness" it is one of HIS great attractions! He is not pictured knocking down the door to our hearts - but gently standing outside the door knocking! Amazing! The GOD OF THE UNIVERSE gentle enough to do that? It's kinda like saying he's a "gentle lion" Clearly HE is quite capable of knocking that door down - however HE waits for us to invite HIM in - Did you ever stop and think there may be some area of your daily life HE is still standing on the outside of - waiting for you to invite HIM in? By all means invite HIM in TODAY! 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has faith

Galatians 5:22
The fruit of the spirit is .... faith...

Remember YOU HAVE FAITH! - Never say "I have no faith...." if you are tempted to think or say that -- finish the sentence by adding "I have no faith in God..." YOU know that is not TRUE! We are called BELIEVERS! I'm sure you remember the classic Christmas story "Miracle on 34th Street" where the whole city of NY is depicted as BELIEVERS in someone who does not even exist!!!! Look at the power their unity of BELIEVING has on the story! Oh that we would exercise that power of BELIEVING and change the world around us!

Faith in God will move a mighty mountain,
Faith in God will calm the troubled sea,
Faith will make the dessert like a fountain

Faith will bring the VICTORY! 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has goodness

Galatians 5:22
...the fruit of the spirit is ....goodness...


GOODNESS! Okay I have to say that this has always been a hard one for me until I read John Eldredge in "Waking the Dead" He clearly explains that when Christ lives in our hearts our heart is GOOD! I know it sounds like "heresy" initially - but it's in the BIBLE! I don't know about you - but that changed a WHOLE LOT of stinking thinking for me! I know you're muttering something about "your heart being desperately wicked" all too true BEFORE CHRIST! You surely could not say that of HIM!!! :-) Soooooo, go to the mirror before rushing out into this day and say it out LOUD! My heart is GOOD! Christ lives in me! My heart is GOOD! You'll find it starts to set you FREE! HALLELUJAH!!!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has kindness

Galatians 5:22
The fruit of the spirit is ....kindness...


Kindness...to me one of the most attractive God qualities there is! Kindness wins the day! When you are stressed or depressed or oppressed or just plain having a bad day - a little kindness from any direction makes a huge difference in a small amount of time - so the next time you see someone "out of sorts" apply some large doses of kindness and see what happens! Matter of fact, go out into TODAY and pour out huge doses of kindness wherever you go - it's a GOD quality that reflects HIS image to those around you!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has patience

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering...

LOVE suffers long and is PATIENT! whew - sure not a HUMAN thing! I need patience and I need it right NOW, LORD! :-) The patience of the Lord is our salvation - imagine if he had a short fuse with us wrote us off after the first few attempts at drawing us to HIMSELF!!!! YIKES! Let's allow this fruit of the spirit to live in us as well as the others especially in regards to one another and those who we want to see SAVED!


God is not in a hurry - while we live in an INSTANT push button world - tapping our fingers and toes while the microwave oven cooks in moments what used to take hours! No wonder we have trouble understanding that we might need to wait a bit for those answers to our prayers! God has not forgotten ONE prayer we have prayed - WE may have forgotten! If the enemy is whispering lies to you that God does not answer your prayers tell him he's a LIAR and determine to WAIT on our awesome God - when the answer comes it will have been worth the wait!  

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 13, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am one who has peace

Gal 5:22
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy peace....

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

What is disrupting your peace? Take it to the cross and leave it there! Christ purchased your peace and it again is your choice to take it! Our enemy has come to rob, kill and destroy our peace - But Jesus came to give us PEACE today! In the midst of turmoil and tumult HE SPEAKS PEACE - things may not look different but HIS PEACE REIGNS!

Allow it to be so for you today! 

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has joy

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy.....

John 15:11
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

FULL JOY! There is a neat old story (allegory) about "Widow Full Joy" and her neighbor Adam Slowman. Widow Full Joy lived on "Expectation Corner" always expecting her Father's provisions and always receiving them - while Adam Slowman right next door lived on "Lamentation Lane". His water pipes were clogged, his well did not work and his place was in a general state of shambles! Widow Full Joy was always receiving more and more and Adam Slowman never could quite figure out why she was so specially favored - but she lived on "expectation corner" always expecting her Father's provision and consequently always receiving it! While Adam was always lamenting his poor estate. You get the picture!?

Full Joy sounds great - but are we willing to do the believing and receiving in order to possess FULL JOY! HE's provided it - the rest is up to us!

Have a JOYFULL day! 

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Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who loves

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the spirit is love.....

1 John 4:16
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.


We love.... because HE first loved us! We are just a reflection of or an outpouring of HIS love - in ourselves we do not have LOVE! When this old world starts to push and shove at us - what spills out - ? honestly? Is love what comes out first? I would like to think so - but I know for me - it often takes a little while until I recognize that LOVE is the reaction that is appropriate - :-) Go out into this day with the confidence that because you are LOVED FROM ABOVE you can reflect that love to the lovely as well as to the unlovely! 

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am rich in Him

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Rich! It just sounds good saying it! I know we usually think of this world's riches - but stop a moment and think about it! This world's riches do not last! HIS riches endure F O R E V E R !!!!!!!!! "Lay up for yourselves riches in heaven" .... no moths or rust up there! Let's be sure we are focusing on the "eternal" and not on the "temporal" alone! I'd rather be poor down here and rich up there! :-) We have a glorious future!


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am one who has been freely given all things through Christ Romans 8:32,
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
1 Corinthians 3:21
....for all things are yours.


In other words - "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not lack...." "Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring" In other words, "the sky is the limit! Ask away - all that we need in HIM has already been supplied - ours for the asking! as another verse says, "according to His riches in glory...." our God is truly one of ABUNDANCE! Don't ask for cubic zircons when He's passing out diamonds! :-) (not the physical kind the enduring eternal kind!) 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am above and not beneath Deuteronomy 28:13
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

We have been set in heavenly places in Christ Jesus - Satan is from beneath and is under our feet through Jesus authority! Jesus said "greater things than these you shall do." So if you are sorely under attack rise to your place in JESUS CHRIST and bind your adversary the devil until he is under your feet! We are more than conquerors through JESUS CHRIST! Don't wimp out - FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!


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Monday, September 7, 2015

September 7, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

Deuteronomy 28:13
I am the head and not the tail. 

And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

We like the head and not the tail stuff but what about the "if you heed the commands" part? :-) The commands were given for protection and safety not for bondage and duty! Jesus said, the first and greatest commandment is that we love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and strength and mind and our neighbor as our self! May today be a day where HIS love fills us and flows out of us to all around!


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Sunday, September 6, 2015

September 6, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am invincible before my enemies Deuteronomy 28:7

The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

OK then! We are not in this alone! We have the highest ranking NAVY SEAL on our side who is going to rise to our rescue and NOT allow the enemy to defeat us! Notice it does not say there will be NO BATTLES! :-) Fight we must - but we already know the outcome! Hallelujah! Has the enemy of your soul convinced you differently? "RESIST the devil and he will flee from you!" Praise be to God who ALWAYS leads us forward in triumphant procession!


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Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 5, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

 I am blessed when I come in and when I go out Deuteronomy 28:6

Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.


God's blessings are literally chasing us down the the street all day long! :-) So pause long enough today to let HIS BLESSINGS rain down on you! EMBRACE THEM!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!


I am blessed in all I lay my hands to Deuteronomy 28:4-5,8

Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your round and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl...The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.


We can be sure that when God COMMANDS a blessing it will come! It is easy to enjoy the thought of receiving God's blessings - but it is only one side of the coin - the other side is we must obey His commands and DO what HE has shown us to do! Has God spoken something into your heart to do? Don't hold back! Go out and DO it - guaranteed you'll be BLESSED! 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am blessed in the city and in the country Deuteronomy 28:3
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

Well, this is sure a piece of good news - no favoritism with God! No matter where we live city or country, we are promised HIS BLESSING! GOD is so ABUNDANT - as humans we are so territorial and exclusive - but GOD is INCLUSIVE on all fronts! Soooooo, if the enemy of your soul has been lying to you and giving you some reason why you are not included in God's blessings - give him the old one, two - tell him he's a LIAR and that according to GOD  - YOU are included in ALL HIS BLESSINGS!!!


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 2:6

...and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Well, that certainly kicks it up a notch or two! :-) On this earth, we are always glad when we have a friend in "high places" it sort of makes us feel like we have a special "in"!

Often we moan over the fact that it is not WHAT you know but WHO you know! I have good news for you - we've got the BIGGEST "IN" in the whole wide world! YOU  yes YOU have a friend in the "highest place" and HE is FOR YOU!!!!!! Let that put a spring in your step today!


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015
WHO I AM IN CHRIST!

I am a watchman on the wall

Ezekiel 3:17
Son of man, I've made you a watchman for the family of Israel...

Watchman - includes responsibility! We owe it to the lost and dying around us to urge on them the the DANGER they face eternally without CHRIST! May God strengthen us today not to lose heart but to be real LIFE SAVERS!

"I'm a watchman in the night,
I'm a keeper of a light
For the wanderer's returning
I must keep the watch fire burning
I'm a watchman, I'm a watchman in the night."


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