Whose Image are You Identified With

February 20, 2012

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Whose Image are You Identified With

When we see ourselves and others through the natural eyes of our understanding often all we see is cracked pots and broken vessels.  We see the flaws, the shortcomings and all the reasons why God shouldn’t or wouldn’t accept us.  As a result we make judgements upon ourselves and others that are not after God’s heart, but our own.
The enemy capitalizes upon the weaknesses, frailties and failures of men to bring further feelings of condemnation and unworthiness to us.  Through that image satan brings us to place where all we may see is our separation and unworthiness from the Father.  So often we allow this orphan spirit to become our identity and we begin to embrace his lie that robs us of our hope of restoration and relationship with our Creator.
Is that really truth?  Is that the reality God wants us to live in?
If it were, would Jesus have needed to sacrifice His holy life for us.  He took our sin upon Himself and became that sin for us, suffering the cross which was God’s holy judgement upon our sin, failure and shortcomings.  Even though many of us as believers acknowledge and receive that message, we still allow the law of sin and death to bring its condemnation in upon us and we still see ourselves after the natural man, embracing condemnation and defeat.
God wants to give us the eyes of the Spirit to see ourselves through His Truth and through His Word.  Jesus died to bring us into freedom and victory and into the identity of the way He has made for us to be sons and daughters of our Father God.  Jesus came to give back to us that godly identity and sonship that was robbed from in the garden through the first Adam.  It is only as we are willing to look in the mirror of God’s Word that we can begin to see the image of Him who formed us in His likeness.  There His Word declares the riches of who we are in Christ.  What we see is what we once were is dead.  We identified it with Christ upon the cross.  It has been crucified therefore it no longer lives.  Yet we so often lose sight of that as believers and we become the walking dead, resurrecting an old man that we crucified.  That is an unholy thing and an affront to Him who gave His life for us.  He raised us up a new creation to walk in the newness of His life, not our old one.  He didn’t  just accomplish this for us and then expect us to do it on our own, but He placed His Holy Spirit within us, that bears witness and gives power to this new life within us.
Now the Word exhorts us that even as in times past we gave life to the flesh we do so no more, but now we give place and give life to the Spirit of God and by this same Spirit that abides within us we put to death the deeds of the flesh that we may live out of the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.  Our bodies are no longer the instruments of sin, but of righteousness to express and communicate His life that now abides within us.  Our soul is now being transformed into the image and likeness of Him who indwells our spirit.  Our outward man is now becoming the expression and instrument of that life giving force, power and righteousness that abides within us.
We are no longer are working under the fallacy of taking an old unredeemed life and body and making good and acceptable enough to worthy.  We have already seen through the law that this doesn’t work, but Christ comes within us by faith we accept and receive Him to transform us from the inside out by His righteousness and by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit within us.
People of God, let us lay hold of the identity that Christ has imparted into us, for our lives are hid in Him and as the Father looks upon us He sees us through the righteousness of His Son who is now our life and our righteousness.  Stop seeing yourself after the flesh and the natural man and start identifying with who the Father says you are.  Stop embracing the lie of the enemy and start embracing the truth of your God.
We may still see that we have shortcomings, issues and areas we know aren’t lining up with the Word of God, but rather than condemning ourselves, let us press into Him the more in those areas that He may be Lord of All.  He loves and accepts us in spite of ourselves, but He also loves us too much to leave us the way we were.  So Father we renounce the works of darkness that still try to operate in our lives and we embrace the Spirit of life that is dispelling all the darkness that once had dominion.  “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)”  “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)”


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