In Christ Jesus
Today’s Scripture: Philemon v 6
An understanding of who we are in Christ Jesus is a slap on the devil’s face. This is because knowing who we are and what we have in Christ is the direct opposite of what he wants for us.
The truth is that the devil has plans for us just as God has plans for us, but guess what? Only the counsel of the Lord shall stand! We also have our part to play in disregarding the devil’s shady plans. This is by acknowledging who we truly are in Christ. The King James Version of today’s Bible verse says, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Did you see that? You have good things in you…in Christ!
The accuser of the brethren, the devil, only wants you to see the bad things. Did you know? This is also how humans are naturally. One of those days, one of my sisters unconsciously wore her shoes the wrong way in the evening of that day. She had her shoes right the entire day until that moment, but I did not notice it. It was not until she wore it wrong that I looked at her feet and pointed it out. That is how the devil is. He clouds your vision from seeing all of the good things that you have in Christ – redemption, hope, purpose, beauty, joy, peace, health, longevity – you name it! Then he keeps pointing at the wrong things – don’t you think you have an ugly nose? How about now, look, you had a bad grade! Do you really think God cares? Oh please, face reality.
Today I am letting you know that you should pay him no attention. Enough is enough! I need you to understand who you truly are in Christ. Get into the Bible, ask the Lord to help you see yourself through His eyes. Pray and keep your focus on Jesus and on the right things.
There is no time to dwell on your inadequacies. You know what? The devil is more inadequate than you are! He is a fallen angel. What could be worse? His fate is the worst, and as an adage says in my native language, “When someone offers to give you some clothes, you must check the type of clothes s/he has on.”
If the words are not of God or from a true heart, pay them no mind. You are a royal child of a royal Christ! A common devil should not determine your destiny. Hallelujah!
Prayer: Father, help me to see myself through your eyes and to acknowledge and live in the reality of all that I am and all that I have in you, in Jesus name. Amen.
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