Day Four:

Strengthen Your Resting Position In Christ

TODAY’S CONFESSION: I take hold of God’s power by identifying with Christ and by living my life through Him

     Please get your Bible to reinforce today’s lesson.

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Study

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Healing Scripture

Look To Jesus

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Opening Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your Word and that it’s not only true, but true for me.  I thank you that as I put Jesus first by stepping up with Him daily in all that I do, I will be able to accomplish all things I need to become and do.  I know that I will be able to overcome all things in Him, such as sickness, disease, poverty bad relationships or whatever comes against me. In Christ I believe I can do all things.  Thank you Father for your love, for Jesus and for the Holy Spirit to guide me. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

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Speak the affirmations I’ve included in the video to help you build faith that you have answered prayer NOW once you’ve prayed. The vital principles based upon Romans 12:2 and Romans 10:17 will cause great transformation within your spirit, mind body and soul as you get them into your heart to build a strong foundation of Jesus Christ.  

Affirm Who You Are In Christ
And What You Have In Him

Christian Growth Challenge Day 4

Keep The Word Alive and Active In You 

 According To Hebrews 4:12

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Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

I’ve been repeating the message throughout days 1-3 that God’s Word has life. Hebrews 4:12 confirms that message, but it also tells us that man is a spirit, who has a soul and who lives in a body (joints and marrow).  We see a clear picture of how the Word actively divides each part of man or woman to illuminate our thoughts and intents of the heart.  

Hebrews 4:12 shows believers how easy it is to observe, detect and correct wrong thinking without it taking weeks, months or years.  This verse reveals God’s Word to be active, quick, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. It can cut both ways through the spirit, soul and body to reveal the differences between God’s Word and our thoughts and ways so that we can become like Christ. As we let the Word do its work in us, we’ll enjoy the benefits of transformation without conflict, drama or anxiety so that we have rest!

This is why yesterday I had you begin the process of examining the areas where you are harboring dead works.  I wanted to prepare you for Christian transformation discussed in Romans 12:2 which all Christians must experience to become mature in Christ. 

Romans 10:17 is a part of this transformation process because it tells us that we need to hear the Word in order for it to transform our lives, while James 1:22 is clear that the Word must be acted upon by living it.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 

God’s Transformation Process

The scripture I’ve listed above describes the three important steps needed to activate God’s Word throughout every part of your being; spirit, soul (character, mind and emotions) and body.  I’ve included a short study (Paint The Life Of Salvation) about Christian transformation for you to download if you need more explanation than I’ve given here. Go to the study library to download or read it.  Please don’t read this extra study until after you’ve read this lesson so that you don’t get thrown off course for Day 4.  

Three Steps To Christian Transformation:

1. Allow the Word to transform your mind (Romans 12:2).

2. Speak and hear the Word (Romans 10:17).

3. Be a doer of the Word (James 1:22). 

While I’ve given you much information and scripture to help you remain in a position of resting in Christ, Day 4 ties that information into an easy to follow process.  I’ll describe each of the 3 steps above to show how simple it is to remain in a state of unconditional trust that God’s Word will come alive in you for transformation and to fulfill what it was meant to do. 

1. Allow The Word to transform your mind (Romans 12:2)

Christian transformation is described in Romans 12:2.  It tells us that we need to transform our minds to the Word of God.  Before we were saved, we were conformed to the ways of the world. This verse is telling believers that the way to overcome our conformity to the world, or living by the flesh, is to transform our minds with the Word so that we can prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Say, “I commit to living the Word,” with conviction from your heart, and you’ve begun the process!

2. Speak and hear the Word (Romans 10:17)

We’re not able to become transformed in the Word if we don’t hear it.  Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. We can have faith for whatever we hear, so this verse makes it clear that we need to hear God’s Word.  What if you can’t physically hear?  Reading the Word by faith will insure that it gets into your heart. God will honor your action.  While you do this, you may consider praying to be healed of the specific problem that is keeping you from hearing. Jesus still heals today just as He did when He was on the earth.  

3. Be a doer of the Word 1:22 (James 1:22)   

While hearing the Word builds faith, we need to put that faith into action.  We can’t be hearers only.  We must be doers of the Word or we’re only deceiving ourselves if we don’t put action to our faith.  If we act on God’s Word by faith as we learn it, we become doers of the Word.  

These three steps combined with a sincere heart toward God cause unconditional trust and faith that Jesus takes our burdens when we give them to Him and that God answers our prayers as soon as we make a request. 

The evidence you have that Jesus took your problems from you is a spiritual peace that comes over you and that can’t be defined by the world. This is the peace of Jesus Christ that He gave the world when He left the earth.  We receive it by God’s grace which is not of ourselves.  It’s an empowered gift from God that allows His ability to work in us and through us for others. The peace of God goes beyond all understanding and it’s the means by which you can spiritually transform your thoughts to God’s higher thoughts and your ways to His higher ways.  

It’s God’s peace that keeps your spirit, mind, soul and body in harmony with the Word for transformation.  Therefore, speaking to Jesus and giving Him your burdens, when you have them, is an action that comes from Godly thoughts that has the spiritual result of heavenly peace.  

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

That same peace given by His grace empowers believers to go before God in prayer knowing that He will fill the void where their problem or need had existed with what they need or desire. God’s peace is like a boat that allows us to travel on water peacefully without having to get wet, drown if we can’t swim or get tired and give up.  God’s peace allows us to glide along in life on God’s Word so that life doesn’t get us down or cause us to give up on our goals for God, life, family or career.  

This is how I know without a doubt that when I pray God answers me immediately even if I don’t physically receive my request until a future time. If I’ve prayed for clarity or an ability to do something, I believe I have received the moment I ask. 

For example I used to paint portraits when my children were young, but I was never trained.  I was self-taught.  When I ran into problems I couldn’t solve on my own I would ask God by the Holy Spirit to show me what to do.  Right after the prayer I would place my brush filled with the right color mix on the canvas and achieve just the right finishing touches that made the portrait come alive in the way I wanted. 

I’ve done this for many needs even when they didn’t appear important because I knew that God honors His Word and He loves to please His children.  I loved demonstrating this to my children when they lost something, for example.  We would pray together and then begin our search and find the missing ring, toy or even a coin. They were always so excited and thankful!  This is what God does for all His children and this is how simple faith is!  God is so very awesome all the time! 

We need to pray with the belief that God answers prayer NOW!  Philippians 4:6 instructs that we’re not to pray with anxiety, but with thankfulness. We can only be thankful when we’re not in chaos.  When we have the peace of Jesus Christ, we’re able to be thankful and ready to pray without doubt or fear that God won’t hear or answer us. 

So if you want to cultivate God’s peace, be thankful to Him in all situations, trusting that He’ll stop the storms in your life and save you or be with you through a storm by holding you up with strength, courage and wisdom!  There are times when we must go through difficulties to get to a place of victory for God’s purposes, plans or pursuits, but He is there with us all the way, guiding, encouraging and fulfilling our lives with what we need.         

When we’re thankful before, during and after our prayers we create a position of rest which tells us that there is no other thought to have except that what you need or want has already been done for you in Christ.  Just think about how you felt as a child when you asked your parents or someone who loved you for their help.  You knew they would give you what you wanted or they would find a better way to give you what you needed than what you had requested.  This is how it is with God. One way or another, your problem is solved in a way that will bring you the greatest conclusion and victory.  

However, praying with anxiety destroys the peace of God that we have in Christ and it initiates stress, fear and doubt that our prayers will be answered.  Therefore, we need to be thankful throughout the day and night.  Thank God just for loving you and for being there for you always.  A state of perpetual thankfulness creates a reality of God’s peace to get you through your day victoriously and to know that God always hears you when you pray.

Philippians 4:6-7  6. Be careful for nothing (don’t be anxious); but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So how do we keep the momentum of God’s peace to remain in a position of rest according to Philippians 4:7?  And how do we remain motivated to look beyond the negative in life to be thankful day and night?  Philippians 4:8-9 gives us the recipe for strengthening our position in Christ daily. 

While Jesus tells us in John 14:27 that His peace will keep us from being troubled or afraid, we need to know exactly how we go about transforming our thoughts and actions to the Word of God to receive and keep that peace.  You’ve learned that Romans 10:17 tells us to hear the Word, which must be spoken to first hear it, and James 1:22 instructs that we be doers of the Word. But we need to know how to translate our daily thoughts and actions that reflect our personal lives into Godly thoughts and ways to produce Christ’s peace over whatever we do. 

For example, when we look to scripture for good health, healing and weight loss, for example, we need to make it come alive in our minds and bodies so that we can have peace and rest while we eat and lose weight at the same time.  We need to rest in Christ to be healthy or healed rather than starving our bodies to be thin. Philippians 4:8-9 organizes the transformation process for us so that we’ll be at peace 24/7 as we’re in the process of trusting God for what we need. 

Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:8, the Epistle written by Paul of Tarsus to the Philippians, instructs how we’re to think God’s higher thoughts.  We’re to think on things that are true, that are honest, just, pure, lovely, a good report, virtuous and worthy of praise.  These are the categories of transformed thinking that will cause the Word to come alive within you as you put God’s Word into your daily actions. Paul says that when you think on these thoughts, you’re going to have the peace of God (Philippians 4:8-9)!

Taking possession of God’s thoughts by living them brings dominion over your life. Taking dominion means that you have taken control over your life with consistent thought patterns and behaviors to live God’s Word and to have the character you desire without outside influences causing you to go against the path you’ve set in life for all your goals.  You remain firm in your beliefs and actions no matter who tries to lower your standards. Philippians 4:8 is the guideline for developing Godly thoughts which leads to Godly actions.  These thoughts will enable you to abide in Christ in all your ways, making it easy for you to be in control of who you are. 

This doesn’t mean that you’ll be perfect, but perfected in Christ. Even if you believe that your failing at attaining your goals in life spiritually, intellectually and physically, thank God now for deliverance!  God’s peace has already come alive in you, and as you continue to thank God and live the Word, you’re going to achieve victory as you transform your mind with God’s thoughts that are true, that are honest, just, pure, lovely, a good report, virtuous and worthy of praise.  God’s ways will become your ways and you’ll suddenly see the light that you’re a success in Christ! 

For instance, when it comes to weight loss, instead of saying, “I’m too fat, I’m ugly, I’m never going to lose weight,” say instead, “praise God I believe that I’m losing weight in Christ Jesus and I’m always lovely to God!  I believe this is true because God’s Word is true and just!”  That’s a mouthful, but it gives you the idea of how we change our thoughts for transformation,  And, by applying Philippians 4:8-9 over the problem areas where we can’t seem to achieve success, we’ll begin to experience God’s reality of victory over failure.  We can create what we want by thinking, speaking and acting upon God’s thoughts which are higher than our thoughts of disappointment, depression or devastation.    

As you enter into God’s transformation process, you’re going to drop the negativity, bad thoughts and actions that are keeping you a prisoner in the enemy’s camp of living opposed to God’s Word instead of victorious in Christ.  Jesus has redeemed you from sin.  Once you’ve prayed over any situation, keep your thoughts in line with God’s categories of thought.  Don’t think failure, think victory.  Don’t think ugly, think lovely.  Don’t think you’re not good enough for God to bless, see yourself as the righteousness of God.  Think of God’s justice for all including yourself to receive healing in your spirit, soul, body and mind for good health and spiritual strength. Think only those thoughts which are a good report and praise God daily!

NOTE:  Don’t let yourself think that because you’re speaking positive words it’s because of that action that God is able to change your reality.  Keep reminding yourself that God’s Word has life!  God’s Word is not a personal growth tool.  It’s the life of God ignited by the shed blood of Jesus so that all believers can live it successfully.  Famous personal growth gurus will tell you that they designed brilliant programs that will fulfill whatever a person needs just by speaking what they want to the universe.  They’ve made millions of dollars, but the truth is that, in part, those programs are based upon scripture.  They’ve stolen parts of God’s Word and left out it’s life-blood, Jesus Christ, to create a counterfeit product.  They know that people are more willing to believe what they say over what God says. They don’t have to speak the complete truth, just a part of it.  Don’t be fooled and mix-up the truth of God’s Word with the lies of man (or women). 

 

Wisdom In Christian Maturity

While it may take time to realize outward manifestations of God’s Word, within our hearts or spirits transformation is taking place because of the seeds of Jesus Christ (God’s Word) that we plant. 

Activating the Word within the heart brings God’s life to your spirit, soul (character/intellect) and body (flesh) to create Godly behaviors that match the scripture you’ve implanted within your heart.  Your life can become a living reality and testimony of Christ Jesus as the ways of the world fall away from your thoughts so that the new man you became when you were saved, can transfrom from a baby stage to a place of Christian maturity.  Every Christian becomes a new man in Christ when they receive salvation.  This is the rebirth that we experience. This new man desires to follow God’s ways, but it needs our active assistance. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

1 Corinthians 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ 

All things become new for believers.  As we transform our lives in Christ with the Word, our old ways leave us so that we’re empowered to live by God’s ways.  We can expect to live above the circumstances that come against us and have abiding joy and peace when we cause God’s Word to be at work in us.  On our own we can’t be transformed, but in Christ we can. 

This new man is only a baby, so we need to become mature in Christ.  This is why we need to transform our minds rather than sitting around and waiting for God to do all the work for us.  We’re not robots because we have a free will.  God can’t force us to do anything.  However, this study has already accelerated your maturity in Christ to a new level that makes you a functioning Christian rather than a defeated person in life.  

Of course, along with maturity comes general wisdom. We can’t expect God’s Word to do all the work.  We must labor to enter our rest by living the Word and using wisdom over our daily lives.  For instance, if you’re praying for a certain amount of money to help you out of a financial problem, but you’re spending money lavishly or foolishly, then you’re making it impossible for God to help you. You’ll spend the money He provides to help you on the wrong things, while you’re building more debt.

You must honor God by helping Him to help you when you become too greedy about having anything.  Practice the fruit of self-control so that it will come alive in you. So, in the case of money, you must commit to practice good stewardship to make the most of what God has given you.  As you do this, you’ll eventually be thankful for what you have with a desire to watch your money grow while you spend less.  Allow the fruit of the Spirit to guide you in your daily life.  Combined with God’s thoughts you’ll discover God’s wisdom working in you to make decisions that bring success.

Galatians 5:22-23  22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

God Is The Word

Now, let me prove what I’ve been telling you about God’s Word having life (John 1:1-14). We can expect the Word we put into our hearts to explode within our whole being because it has life–God’s life! (John 1:1).  Verse 14 says that the Word was made flesh (Jesus Christ).  When you put the Word in your heart and activate it by your faith, it must come alive in you to accomplish what it’s suppose to do (Isaiah 55:11) because it beholds the essence or life of God.  This is why you can be sure that God’s Word will work in you when you think upon it and activate it (living it). 

John 1:1-14
1.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2.  The same was in the beginning with God.
3.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

If Your Soul Says No!  Don’t Listen!

Sometimes new Christians find it difficult to center upon God because they’re used to living by the flesh or they’re dominated by a soulish nature.  Our souls are where our character, emotions and intellect reside.  The human soul and emotions may seem stuck in old habits, but the Word is powerful to overcome the world in us because it has God’s life.  Remember, Hebrews 4:12 says that the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

If you hear your soul cry out, “no I don’t want change” DON’T LISTEN TO IT!  You need to drown out the negative sounds of the soul and flesh by giving the Word first place in your life.  You are acturally moving toward God everytime you read the Word or speak it with conviction from your heart.  Being in God’s presence is going to make you desire to be with Him everyday.  This is how you center on God and let go of the worldly things that take you away from Him. The transformation of God’s Word in us will bring victory over our need to eat too much, drink or take drugs, spend too much money or generally turn away from the Word concerning our day-to-day actions. And, it will be done in peace. 

God’s Word has infinite life because God is infinite, so it doesn’t need to rest, but you do! The process is easy, but it needs consistency to make it a part of your daily routine.  If you don’t live it daily, the Word can never fully empower you.  This is why some Christians who go to Bible study every week and church on Sundays, are still rude, abusive and prideful.

This type of Christian is still a baby in Christ because they don’t activate the Word in their lives using the 3 transformation steps I gave you. They are no better off than non-believers who don’t read scripture and sometimes worse because they’re hypocritical in their lifestyles as they look to self rather than Jesus Christ for transformation.  It’s church on Sunday and the world the rest of the week.  

How To Deny Yourself In Christ

Sometimes we hold back certain parts of our lives from God not realizing that we’re centering upon ourselves or what we want instead of Jesus.  I had to examine my life when I learned this information and I found that I was holding back with God in specific areas of my character. 

Some Christians call this disobedient or rebelliousness, but we’re only rebellious when we know something to be true and we refuse to do it.  However, when we’re new to scripture or Biblical principles we don’t always realize that we’re making mistakes.  This is why we study and then apply what we learn to our daily actions so that the Holy Spirit will illuminate our understanding.  

If our hearts are sincere, God is patient with His children’s spiritual learning disabilities so we should be patient with ourselves as well and with others. Acting upon God’s word as we learn it is how we commit to living God’s way. There’s always something new to learn that will take us to the next level with God, so we need to remain at peace while we continually grow in Christ toward spiritual maturity.  This study is particularly helpful to jumpstart a person’s Christian reality after spending years without learning how to live according to scripture.  If this describes you, you’re going to see great areas of growth in your life when it comes to the Word by the end of Day 7. 

I want to motivate you to grow in Christ not feel guilty or become sin conscience.  Guilt is unproductive and discouraging.  We should feel badly if we learn the Word and turn our backs on it over and over again, but I’m talking about making mistakes while we’re new to the Word or learning scripture that’s new to us.  However, we can speed up the process by making it a point to deny ourselves by taking our part of Jesus’ cross daily.  I’m not talking about our cross, but HIS.

In Matthew 16:24, Jesus talks about self-life or a life whereby someone is dependent upon themselves to attain right standing with God by their own actions or deeds.  He’s telling us to give up our dead works and take up His cross and follow Him.  I’ve discussed this subject in part, but you’re ready for a deeper understanding about it.

Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” 

Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:38 how to follow Him.  We take up His cross, not our own.  If we take up our cross then we’re not following Him.  If we don’t follow Jesus, then we’re either following ourselves or someone else.  To better understand this verse I’ve included a similar verse.

Matthew 10:38 “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”

We need to accept the cross of Jesus Christ or we’re not worthy of Him.  We have to understand that there is only one way to follow Christ and that is to take up His cross or the work He did for us on the cross.  We can only receive right standing with God by denying ourselves and our works and accept that we’re only capable of right standing through Jesus and His work on the cross.  So as you hear the Word, speak it and act upon it in Christ, see it as alive in you not because you’re obedient to God, but because of what Jesus did on the cross for all mankind. When you do, you’ll cause the Word to prosper within you for what it says it will accomplish.   

Can I say this enough?  NO! We need to say it and hear it over and over again!  The more you hear it, the less opportunity you give yourself to take a literal meaning from those verses and feel that you have to put a cross on your back. Some think that’s what it means, but God shows us that we’re to take up Christ’s cross, because in HIS cross is HIS redemption. If you take up YOUR cross, you’re not going to save anyone and you’re not going to rise above your circumstances by the Word coming alive in you.  Take up His cross and you have a key that’s going to open the door to your kingdom rights and blessings.

Matthew 16:24 says that we’re to deny ourselves by taking His cross as our own and follow Him.  Jesus doesn’t mean that we should take our own cross, but take our part of His cross rather than living by our own works which cause us to use willpower and suppression.

It would be contradictory and confusing if Jesus told us to deny ourselves and then change His story and tell us to take up our own cross.  What cross do we have to bear other than life’s burdens?  However, Jesus told us that He’ll take our burdens and give us rest in Matthew 11:29. Jesus is telling us to take His cross and spiritually carry it with us every day in order to deny ourselves.  And we carry it in peace while we rest because we don’t have to toil or work at attaining it.  Jesus already did that for us. 

The cross of Jesus Christ is our key to open the door to our kingdom blessings through Him.  We’re not to walk in misery with a heavy cross to bear; we’re to walk with Jesus in peace and joy unburdened.  Remember, a self-inflicted, self-imposed cross that’s designed to gain you points with God is classified as a dead work.  Don’t get into the habit of trying to receive from God on your merit.  Instead, confess daily that everything you want from God is already yours through the cross of Jesus Christ.  It’s already been done in the SON!

 

Affirm Who You Are In Christ

Today you’re going to reinforce your identity in Christ so that you can function in life victoriously.  You’ll need scripture to become assured about who you really are in Christ (the righteousness of God) as well as scripture that is relevant to your need.  However, for greater development and speed for growth, create personalized affirmations from each scripture passage you use. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17) so you must speak the truth about yourself daily so that it becomes a true reality in your life.  

Creating affirmations from scripture in a specific way will accelerate your faith and spiritual growth for what you need.  Don’t skip today’s action because it’s going to keep you in a  position of rest by learning to confess scripture with the right attitude.  Just click on the PDF download below. 

To build your confidence and self esteem, I’ll share with you a few sentences that will help you identify with Christ EVERYDAY!  Say, “Thank you, Father that I am whole in Christ. In Christ I am dead to sin.  I am dead to unhealthy living, I am dead to overeating, I am dead to being overweight, I am dead to poverty.  I am dead to financial difficulty, I am dead to abusive relationships, I am dead to bad habits, I am dead to diets, I am dead to addictions…” Speak about whatever is appropriate for you.

Keep telling yourself that you are alive to the work that Jesus did for you on the cross! Affirm that you’re thankful Jesus has taken your burdens and that God has turned them into victorious situations.

We need to continuously affirm where we are, who we are, and what we have.  The power of God is a constant presence that can empower you if you let it. The following is a single, simple sentence that shows you how to identify with Christ daily.  

Take hold of God’s power by identifying with Christ and living your life through Him

This one short sentence condenses this total study for whatever you may want or need and it will keep you in rest to say it every morning before you begin your day.  It reminds you that Jesus took the pressure off you. You don’t need to sweat and toil over what He’s already done for you.  Give up the stress and keep your rest! 

Look through the scriptures I’ve given you for each day and use them to create affirmations. Use your Bible to find more that tell you who you are in Christ and what you have in Him.  The New Testament has many verses that build your identity in Christ.  I’ve included a few verses for you to use with the Day 4 Worksheet.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Colossians 2:13-14  13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Galatians 4:6-7  6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

 Luke 10:19  “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

 

Affirmation Tips

1.  When you create affirmations remind yourself that whatever you want has already been done for you. You can say with confidence, “according to the Word of God, I am dead to sickness and disease.  I am resurrected in Christ to total health in my body, in my mind, in my soul. I have been made WHOLE in Christ, I am VALUABLE to God in Christ.”  

You can say the same thing about whatever it is you want or desire. Just remember that saying it doesn’t make it so.  It’s because of Christ.  Saying it to make it so is a dead work which means that you’ll be taking up your own cross.    

2.  Daily confess who you are in Christ.  Don’t be afraid to confess that through Christ you are special.  Also, daily confess who you are as a “person” in Christ.  God made you unique, not a cookie-cutter clone of everyone else.  You need to be who you are in Christ with unique qualities God can use for the Kingdom and for your most fulfilled life.  Confess that you are a person in good health, with a healthy mind and who does not live by your emotions, but by faith in God. 

3. Keep the meaning of scripture, but paraphrase it if you need to.  Speak as you normally do rather than trying to sound fancy or as if you’re reading from the King James Version, for example.  This will help you to better identify with what you’re saying.

4.  Personalize wherever possible so that you can internalize what you’re speaking as relevant and true for you.

5. Deny taking up your own cross (dead works).  If we take up our own cross of dead works we’re not worthy of Jesus.  Therefore, examine your character to make sure that you don’t have personal obstacles that will keep you from putting Jesus first.

 

Reminder:  Remember, God’s Word is true and it has God’s life.  As you hear it and meditate over it, the Holy Spirit will cause it to come alive in you through Jesus Christ. Your action is the catalyst to set God’s Word free within your heart to create transformation.  Just as there are physical laws that govern the use of electricity, for example, we must follow God’s spiritual laws given in the Bible to receive our blessings and grow in Him.  

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