“I am born of God and the evil one (the devil) cannot touch me”

“I am born of God and the evil one (the devil) cannot touch me”

We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him. (1 John 5:19)

Yes, I know this is a weighty topic to some, so right off the bat I’m going to add some more scripture.

No one who is born of God practices sin, because HIS seed abides in him; and cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9)

The Lord Jesus Christ abides in you and He does not sin

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him (Jesus) who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:12-14)

Jesus over came the evil one at the cross, and when He rose again he sent satan into a tizzy because the battle was over, death had lost. One might think well yes that’s true, but hes still quite the disruptive force. I may step on a toe or two here, but hes only disruptive because hes being allowed to be. As a child of God satan cant hurt you, he still whispers and tries like with Eve to get you to listen to his lies and distortions, but it really is as simple as telling him to shut up in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He (Jesus) that is in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities. He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him (Jesus) (Colossians 2:15)

See the battle is won, we stand from a place of victory in Christ our untouchable refuge.

“I am free forever from condemnation”

“I am free forever from condemnation”

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)

What is condemnation? The expression of strong disapproval, the act of condemning someone to severe punishment.

When Jesus took our sins upon Himself at the cross, he also took our death sentence away, it is true in Romans 3:23 when it says All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All deserve a death sentence and Jesus took it for us nailing our sin to the cross so our sins are remembered no more.

Well okay Melissa, you might say, but why do we still feel that tinge of pain when we do “wrong”? It’s one of two reasons……

1. Conviction from the Holy Spirit dwelling in us loving on us and saying wow this isn’t good for you I long to protect you from this.

2. Satan is the father of lies and he enjoys accusing the brethren day and night, and at time we listen to him instead of Papa.

So what am I saying? Well I’ll let the word of God say it for me….

This is the covenant I will make with them after those days says the Lord: I will put my laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,” He then says AND THEIR SINS AND LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (Hebrews 10:16,17)

And Romans 8 wraps up with this….

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ” FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31-39‬ ‭

I Have Been Made Complete in Christ

I have been made complete in Christ

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. (Colossians 2:9-11)

I know many including myself a time or two, jump immediately to what could this mean? We then take an unnecessary long look at our short comings. If this is you today I have great news.

God doesn’t see us the way we view ourselves, when Papa looks at us, He sees us as new creations, partakers of His divine nature and more than conquerors over our faults…..how is this possible?

Through the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone!

Not only does God see us as lacking nothing and fully complete in Jesus, He also wants us to see ourselves this way.

To be complete means to have ALL the necessary parts!

“blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has (past tense meaning already done) blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:29-31)

I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-discipline

I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-discipline

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

This verse can be wrapped up in a single sentence…..

God gave us the indwelling Holy Spirit, who is not fearful, has the same power Jesus does, acts out of His love for us and guides us to Christ like decisions.

So what does this mean for us as God’s kids?

It means God, our Papa and Creator, has put in us, (those who have said yes to Jesus’ beautiful free gift) His very Spirit.

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:10,11)

So we need not be timid or afraid, or live any longer according to the flesh, in fact if that is where your desires are you haven’t died yet. I know that’s a strong statement but when we accept Christ we die, and He now lives, in and through us, we aren’t our own anymore.

So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:12-16

I Am A Saint

“I am a saint”

Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God to the saints who are in Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:1)

Believers in Jesus Christ are referred to as saints throughout the NT, so what exactly is a “saint”?

The word saint is #40 in the AMG’s Annotated Strong’s Dictionary and says these beautiful things for what being a saint means…….”pure, upright, blameless in heart and life, virtuous, holy, those who have been purified and justified through Christ Jesus.”

Continuing on in Ephesians 1 we hear Paul encouraging the saints (his brothers and sisters in Christ)

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:15-21)

Notice in these verses and as we journey through the New Testament, the minute we accept the Lord Jesus Christ we become a saint, and are from then out referred to by our new identity in Jesus as child, heir, saint, holy, righteous, and so on….

and as one of my mentors, Dan Camp says “we are not sinners by identity any more, we are saints who occasionally sin, not sinners saved by the Grace of God. We WERE sinners, but not ever again based on who we are in Christ.”

Can’t be pure and dirty at the same time….and if we died and are raised with Christ and our identity comes from Him, I don’t desire to call myself anything negative again.

I am a citizen of heaven and seated in heaven right now.

I am a citizen of heaven and seated in heaven right now.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20)

The life of a Christian is in heaven, the minute we are justified through salvation we become dead to ourselves and alive in Christ, new life in Christ is brought forth….so how does this work exactly?

Look at it this way, currently all those in Christ have dual residency so to speak, as does Jesus….how is that you may ask? Well if Christ is seated in heaven interceding on our behalf to the Father and has also sent His Spirit to dwell in us, then He too is living in two places at once.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [a]saints, and are of God’s household,” (Ephesians 2:19)

This is why through out scripture once we are saved we are encouraged to do things like…….

Be Heaven Minded

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.] Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

Okay you might say, so what are we still waiting for then?

I’ll sum it up with one more scripture, we are waiting for this….

“looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13)

We are awaiting His triumphant return, where satan no loner has power and Christ takes His rightful place as King and ruler of this world.

Passages on my Mind

This passage really jumped out at me today…..

“And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.

But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

But what does the Scripture say? ” CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”

So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4:28-31‬ ‭

I see the correlation of Hagar and Ishmael with Sarah and Issac mirroring those still in Adam that have rejected Jesus with God’s children those reborn through Jesus Christ….over and over again in God’s word we see this distinguishing of two different teams so to speak, as early as the account of Cain and Able and then Seth being sent as the “redeeming child” in Ruth we see Moabite joined with Kinsmen redeemer Boaz, giving birth to Obed redeeming Naomi….and in Esther, Jewish girl marrying a Persian King which brings long awaited freedom to the Hebrews in its outcome, and the distraction of an evil conspiracy….in the NT the obvious and most important one Jesus coming and dying then rising again in complete victory over darkness, death and Satan, the grave lost its power and a way was made to make children right with their Papa!

And even in the to come part of things we see this divine separation of sheep and goats…….

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:31-33‬ ‭…….

What is the purpose in all this? I believe to show us over and over that those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are set apart for Him, become distinct part of an eternal family….look at this next verse….

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:34‬ ‭

This is what I mean when I say we can learn so much from the whole Bible OT and NT because He shows us these same truths through out…..and I don’t know bout you but repetition helps me ground it in.

Another thing I keep seeing as I just thought about the wheat and the chaff analogy…..

“”As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:11-12‬ ‭

Another repetitive appeared……nothing can separate God’s kids from Him……not thorny weeds, the Hamans or Hagars, Herods, Jezebels of this world, not the goats, or anti christs……truly we can see over and over….

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬ ‭