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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

New Life in Christ


Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

—John 12:24 (NKJV)


Jesus speaks in this Scripture, knowing His time is almost upon Him. His life—given for the world—will produce much grain (fruit) in the lives of those who believe in Him. Just as that one grain must die to produce much grain, Jesus also must die for the miracle of new life to take place. Death is the lie. Newly reborn life in Jesus is the miracle, and it is what is true.


How many of us allow a lie to hold us back from the newness of life Jesus has given us? 


You might believe one of these lies: 


“You will never amount to anything. You will never be good enough. Jesus only loves you as much as you do for Him. Jesus loves someone else more than He loves you. Jesus doesn't have time for your problem. You will always be a failure. You will never have anything. You will be sick forever. If you don't feel emotional about Jesus, He is not real in you.”


And the enemy berates you and continually throws your lie in your face.


That lie is not God’s truth. When you believe it, it rules your life. Instead of trusting God, you put all your energy into trusting a lie. And without realizing it, that lie becomes an idol. The lie you believe—just like a grain of wheat—must die for you to live in the fullness of the new life Jesus has given you. When the lie you have believed is finally rooted out and God’s truth is planted in its place, then the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to move in your life. 


What you go over and over again in your mind is what directs and consumes your life. If it is a lie, then you are in bondage to that lie instead of living in the freedom of God’s truth. When your mind is fixed on God’s truth, you live in the freedom of His peace (Isaiah 26:3).


What have you rehearsed over and over in your mind? Perhaps, a condemnation that was hammered into you as a child or something that happened years ago, or a sin that keeps you from understanding God’s love for you. When you don’t believe God’s truth, you have no weapon to destroy the lies the enemy uses.


If you want to get to the lie that holds you back, look at what you are going through. The struggles in your life and how you handle them reveal the lies you believe and the truths you need to defeat them. You choose to allow the Holy Spirit to teach you God’s truth (John 14:26, John 16:13).


Until you believe what Jesus says about you, you will continually struggle to know who you are and what you have as a new person in Christ. When you allow the Word to transform your mind and defeat the lies that have stolen your freedom, you will know the new person Christ resurrected in you (Romans 12:2).


The knowledge of His Truth sets you free (John 8:32). Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the lies you have believed. Allow God to be on the throne of your life and not any lie. 


You are new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). How can you be new and still struggle? Because you are still flesh and deal with your flesh. To overcome your flesh, you have to believe in who Christ says you are. You can’t live by your feelings. Many believers think because they struggle they have lost the righteousness Christ gave them. They believe that must be born again and again and again because they have lost their right-standing in Christ over and over and over. No!

Just because you have accepted Christ in your heart and still struggle doesn’t mean you have lost who you are in Christ. You are sealed in Christ by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). You will live in condemnation and defeat until you believe this. When you believe the truth of the new person you are in Christ, you begin to conform to the righteousness that is yours in Christ (Romans 12:2). When you are renewed to believe the truths of your new life in Christ and allow those truths to define your life, the Holy Spirit produces holiness and righteousness in you (Ephesians 4:23-24). You put on the new life Christ has given. You live in the freedom and power of God more than you ever believed possible.


“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).


It is with your heart that you believe you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 10:10, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Know the truths about your new life in Christ. Believe in your heart the righteousness He has secured for you. Confess who He says you are—not the lies that have defined you (Proverbs 18:21). Plant the incorruptible seed of the Word in your heart (1 Peter 1:23). Believe the abundant life that is yours in Christ (John 10:10). You have the power of God to condemn and defeat the lies (Isaiah 54:17). Exercise your faith. 


Christ in you is not a mystery (Colossians 1:27). He is not hidden from you. Knowledge of Him is hidden from the world. He has made himself known to you. Know Him. Believe Him in your heart. The enemy cannot steal the new life that is yours in Christ.



© 2022 Lynn Lacher





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