Jesus didn’t just die for our sins, He made a way for us to be completely transformed into a new creation. Joy shows us how profound and complete that change is.
Who Do You Think You Are - In Christ
When we are saved we become a new creation, but we need to know what we have become before we can life that life.
Sometimes our zeal isn’t based on knowledge and zeal without knowledge is no good, but knowledge without zeal isn’t much good either! We need to know the righteousness that comes from God, so that we can submit to it and can be zealous correctly rather than establish our own righteousness. We can’t do this in our own strength, but He is the Lord our right thinking, the Lord who defines what is right thinking and allows us to be zealous in the knowledge of the righteousness that comes from God. He is the Lord who defines the right decision so I can do the right thing and the Lord my righteousness in my decision making.
As you discover and learn who Christ is the more you learn who you are, as you learn his purpose you learn your purpose. Only through Jesus and the Word of God will you discover who you are and why you exist. Joy comes with finding who you are and what your purpose is, it gives you energy, it gives you durability, it is fruitful and satisfying. Joy doesn’t have ups and downs, it is constant and sustaining and it enables you to “Finish the race.” The grace has been given to you to finish because you share in His grace. He will finish what He has started in you.
A portrait is an artistic thing that displays the mood, altitude & personality of a person. What does your portrait say about you? God has given you a new portrait that shines with the Glory of God and is full of Love. You have been made in His image! Your portrait is sinless! The part of you that wanted to sin is dead, it can not be in control! It’s now only temptation and even then, He has promised that you will never be given more than you can cope with. You have a divine nature, you are sinless! Your path is laid with your words, your tongue is your rudder, all you have to do is walk in what He has already done to walk in the divine nature.