Identity theft is not a new experience. Understanding our identity is crucial because its only when we understand who we are that we can live in the peace of not trying to be someone else. So lets look at some of the ways we get ourselves all locked up in the wrong place?
This is a website aimed at at every tribe, creed, race, culture, gender, religion, and anybody I’ve missed out. The raison detre here is emotional healing for all, but in this post (its adapted from a talk I gave at a church in 2016) you will see a lot of reference to Jesus. Please don’t therefor pre judge this blog through the lens of a bad experience with a church or christian. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
You know it’s the oldest trick in the devils book to try and steal our identity by whispering in our ears the exact opposite of what God says about us. You only have to look at how many of us are living in self condemnation. And yet God’s word says in Romans 8-1 tells us there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Which means we neither are condemned or allowed to condemn others
In New Testament theology the rebellion of the first Adam with its disastrous consequences of death and condemnation for all humankind is more than offset by the obedience of the second Adam, the Lord Messiah Jesus ( Rom 5:12-21 ; 1 Cor 15:22 ). Jesus’ sinless life and sacrificial death provide the basis for God’s giving life and justification to all who believe in him. God remains just in justifying sinners because of the perfect redemption accomplished by Jesus, the sinners’ substitute ( Acts 13:38-39 ;
Rom 3:21-26 ). Those who have been made right with God by faith in Christ are not condemned ( John 5:24 ; Rom 8:1-4 ; Col 2:14 ), but those who refuse to believe in Jesus are condemned already ( John 3:16-18 ; Rom 1:18-32 ; Gal 1:8-9 ). Unless they repent they face the irrevocable finalization of this condemnation at the resurrection and judgment ( Matt 25:46 ; John 5:28-29 ; Acts 17:30-31 ; 24:15 ; Rom 2:5-16 ; 2 Thess 1:5-10 ; 2:9-12 ; 1 Peter 4:4-5 1 Peter 4:17 ; 2 Peter 2:1-10 ; Jude 4-9 ; Rev 20:7-14 ; 21:6-8 ; 22:12-17 ). In the meantime, expectation of this eschatological judgment motivates believers to scrutinize their lives so that they will not be condemned with the world ( 1 Cor 11:31-32 ). The discipline of the church is also to be carried out with this eschatological perspective in mind ( 1 Cor 5:1-13 ).
To summarize, the theme of condemnation is always seen in the Bible against the background of a just God who creates, redeems, and covenants with his people so that they may live out his justice on the earth. Sinners who come to this God in faith are not condemned, but are expected to live together in a community where justice prevails in the vindication of the oppressed and the condemnation of the oppressor.
A1. Condemn, Condemnation [Verb] kataginosko “to know something against” (kata, “against,” ginosko, “to know by experience”), hence, “to think ill of, to condemn,” is said, in Gal 2:11, of Peter’s conduct (RV, “stood condemned”), he being “self-condemned” as the result of an exercised and enlightened conscience, and “condemned” in the sight of others; so of “self-condemnation” due to an exercise of heart, 1 John 3:20,21. See BLAME.
Another word for shame
So how do we beat self condemnation or the condemnation of others. Well its all on the cross
Firstly Jesus committed what was meant to be the final act of self condemnation for mankind when HE went willingly to Calvary because of and through His UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for us, His beloved children.
Then He showed us how not to fall into condemnation, again on the cross.
He went to the Cross in unity with the father and the Holy Spirit
If you stay in Unity with those you run with Godhead the ultimate example of unity “wife, husband, family, church etc. that is a tool for victory in so many others and youy don’t tend to condem people you run together with.
Jesus who was God enacted what I propose is still the ultimate act of humility chosing to allow ungodly men to decide His fate even unto mocking,violent torture, and death on a cross
But what I believe finally delivered the victory of the cross was His forgiveness. Yes Forgiveness met and defeated humiliation on the cross of Calvary
Luke 23:34English Standard Version (ESV)
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Shortly after this His redemption and ours was complete and He reurned as royalty to the Fathers side creating a way and an example for us to live as a royal and heavenly priesthood.
If your still in any doubt lets look at the Lords prayer?
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.[d]
Its not working Glynn
So Glynn I hear you say I’ve prayed that prayer a thousand times and nothings changed. Well the prayers good it’s the way He told us to pray so WE must be doing something wrong, maybe we might have ignored verse 12 and the two verses Jesus spoke immediately after His prayer
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
So how to reach your true identity in Christ JESUS Through the cross
LOVE UNCONDIONALLY NEVER CONDEMIN
Operate from a place of GODLY UNITY WITH THOSE YOU’RE RUNNING this race with.
Live openly and vunerably WITH THOSE YOU’RE RUNNING this race with.
FORGIVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS QUIKLY BEFORE GOD
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