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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

People of Faith



Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

—Hebrews 11:1


People who know who they are in Christ are people of faith. They never forget the unconditional love of Jesus that has set them free. Their identity isn’t based on the opinions of others or on circumstances that keep changing. Their identity is based on the redeeming and unchanging work of Christ.


People of faith know how God sees them—chosen to be His—redeemed and forgiven by Him—blameless and right with Him—loved and accepted by Him—abundantly blessed by Him—victorious in life and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. They know the Grace of Jesus has given them a wonderful inheritance of every spiritual blessing. They are confident that their lives will work according to God’s plan and purpose (Jeremiah 29:11-13, Ephesians 1:1-14). They know the truths of who they are in Christ and that His identity is theirs.


People who know who they are in Christ aren’t just satisfied with the status quo. They are hungry to understand the truths of everything Jesus finished for them. They know what God has for them is abundantly more than they ask. It is greater than they envision. They believe and walk by faith as if that vision is already accomplished (Ephesians 3:20).


People who know who they are in Christ are convinced of God’s unconditional love for them. They know He never leaves or forsakes them (Hebrews 13:5). They don’t live by their emotions. They praise Him for what they can’t see but believe. The peace of God holds them steady through the ups and downs of life (Philippians 4:6-7). Confidence in the faithfulness of God gives them the power to stand strong. The love of God abounds in their lives because they know God loved them first—even before they chose to receive His love (1 John 4:19). They receive God’s unconditional love without any hesitation and freely give as they have received (Matthew 10:8).


People who know who they are in Christ know God wants to reveal himself to them—that He has given them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). They believe the Holy Spirit guides them into all truth, and He will tell them of things to come (John 16:13).


People who know their identity in Christ know how important it is for them to live by faith. Faith calls for our response (James 2:26). Faith without works has no life. Our work, born of faith in what Jesus has done for us, pleases God. And God rewards those who diligently seek to know who they are in Him (Hebrews 11:6). 


When you are a person of faith, you know God isn’t judging you on how well you perform. When Jesus is in your heart, Jesus is who God judges. God judges Jesus as righteous. Jesus has given you His righteousness. So when God sees you, He sees the righteousness of His Son in you. When you are a person of faith, you know you don’t have to earn the righteousness Christ has earned. Knowing who you are in Christ—believing the position He has given you with the Father, sets you free to believe anything is possible with God. 


People of faith are thankful for all Jesus has given them. When you appreciate what Jesus has given you, it keeps appreciating and flourishing in your life. You know the value of what He has done for you. 


People of faith believe and receive by faith what is theirs in Jesus Christ. From the time of John the Baptist the Kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people have been receiving it (Matthew 11:12). People of faith don’t allow the enemy to rob them of God’s purpose and blessings. Satan has been stripped of all power and authority by the precious blood of Jesus. However, the enemy isn't going to give up deceiving and lying to you. His purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). People of faith forcefully stand against the enemy’s deception. They forcefully, determinedly, and unswervingly take by faith the victory the precious blood of Jesus purchased on their behalf.


When you seek who you are in Christ, then you begin to understand the resurrection power of the new life Christ has given you. What Christ accomplished became yours when you were born again. You see His work for you as finished. 


Faith is the substance of Jesus’ abundant life that you hope for. It is the evidence of what you have not yet seen. Learn who you are in Christ. Be renewed in your mind. Sow the truths of His identity in your heart until you believe they are the truths of who you are. And don’t walk as the world or anyone else defines you. Be a person of faith. Take what is yours in Christ. Walk by faith in who Jesus says you are.



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