Your Identity in Christ
• In Christ, I am set free from the law of sin and death. Thank You Spirit of life!
“In Christ, there is no condemnation.” the Apostle Paul points out in Romans 8:1. God sent Jesus Christ in this world of people not to condemn but to save her. Until this truth soaks into us, we will struggle to reflect the heart of God.
The heart of God is to save all people – for them to identify as His children. We want this identity for all people. So, to keep quoting the Apostle Paul, “judge nothing before the appointed time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and he will expose the motives of the heart.” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
God is way more equipped to handle this sensitive judgment issue than we are. Let's get back to our given role of making disciples and of loving people as God has loved us.
Thank You Spirit of God for setting me free from the Law of sin and death. Thank You Jesus for enabling this gift by Your sacrificial death on the cross, fulfilling the law on our behalf. In Your name I pray. Amen.
- Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
- but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
- That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
- Not so the wicked! They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
- Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
- For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Teaching or Command of God
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Micro-Meditation Pondering Point
If you reflect on yourself as a tree, how is the health of your root system? How are you taking in “water” to nourish you? Is this intentional? What is the state of your leaves? Where might you and God describe your fruit?