Mobilising, training and equipping Christians for prayer

It may be difficult for you to believe everything the Word says about you, but remember that it is God who is saying these things about you. Rather believe God than your own feelings. The portions from Scripture that are quoted here are adapted to be used as proclamations or declarations. This is what God says of you: believe it and proclaim it. Proclaim these truths over your own life. Pray these proclamations as often as possible. Pray and proclaim them until they are a reality in your life.

Read through these adapted Scripture portions. Understand them mentally, but proceed to the next step: believe them with your heart and with your spirit. Ask the Spirit of God to reveal these truths to your heart. Then start living from these Scriptural truths.

God wants to be in a relationship with you. He wants to walk with you every day and work through you. The deepest meaning of being a Christian is to be in a relationship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Please note how many of these verses from Scripture are about a relationship with God. We have to learn to live in view of this relationship.

 

…there is now no condemnation for me,
because I am in Christ Jesus…

 

Who am I in Christ Jesus?

  • Therefore, there is now no condemnation for me, because I am in Christ Jesus, my sins have been washed away and I live in and through the Holy Spirit. (Rom.8:1)
  • I am the salt of the earth. (Matt.5:13)
  • I am the light of the world. (Matt.5:14)
  • I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
  • I am a branch of the true vine. I am the channel through which the life of Christ flows enabling me to bear much fruit. (John 15:1,5)
  • I am a friend of Christ. (John 15:15)
  • I was chosen and appointed by Christ to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. (John 15:16)
  • I have been set free from sin and have become a slave to righteousness. (Rom.6:18)
  • I have eternal life in Christ Jesus. (Rom.6:23)
  • I am a child of God and God is my Father. (Rom.8:14)
  • I am an heir of God and co-heir with Christ, and I share in the fullness of his inheritance. (Rom.8:17)
  • I am God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in me. (1 Cor.3:16)
  • I am united with the Lord and am one with Him in spirit. (1 Cor.6:17)
  • I am a part of the body of Christ. (1 Cor.12:27)
  • I am a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. (2 Cor.5:17)
  • I am reconciled to God through Christ and a co-worker with Him in the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor.5:18-19)
  • Because I belong to Christ, I am Abraham’s seed, and heir according to the promise made to him. (Gal.3:29)
  • I am a saint. (Eph.1:1)
  • I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do. (Eph.2:10)
  • I am a fellow citizen in God’s kingdom and a member of God’s household. (Eph.2:19)
  • I am a prisoner of Christ Jesus. (Eph.3:1)
  • I am a new person, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph.4:24)
  • My citizenship is in heaven and I am seated at Christ’s right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Eph.1:20- 21; Eph.2:6)
  • My life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Col.3:3)
  • Christ is my life and nobody can take it away from me, because it is kept in heaven as my imperishable, spotless, everlasting inheritance. (Col.3:4)
  • I am a part of God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved. (Col.3:12; 1 Thess.1:4)
  • I am a person of the light and of the day. I do not belong to the night or to the darkness. (1 Thess.5:5)
  • I have been set aside by God and share in the heavenly calling. (Heb.3:1)
  • I am a living stone, being built into a spiritual house to be part of a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pet.2:5)
  • I am part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Pet.2:9)
  • I am now a part of the people of God and I have received mercy from God. (1 Pet.2:10)
  • I am a stranger and alien to this world. (1 Pet.2:11)
  • I am a child of God and I know that when Jesus comes again I will be like Him for I will see Him as He is. (1 John 3:1-2)
  • I am born of God and God keeps me safe and the evil one cannot harm me. (1 John 5:18)
  • The one who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
  • I am a child of God and can overcome the world. (1 John 5:4)
  • I am not the great “I Am” but by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. (1 Cor.15:10)

 

When the devil comes with his attacks
I can stand on these truths

 

Because I am in Christ I can, by the grace of God, say about myself:

  • I have been justified through faith and have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom.5:1)
  • I have been buried with Christ through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, I too may live a new life, my old self was crucified with him, and I am no longer a slave to sin. (Rom.6:1-6)
  • There is now no condemnation for me because I am in Christ Jesus. (Rom.8:1)
  • I have received the Holy Spirit who teaches me everything I received from God. (1 Cor.2:12)
  • I was bought at a price and do not belong to myself any more, but I belong to God and will honour Him with my body. (1 Cor.6:19-20)
  • It is God who makes me stand firm in Christ. (2 Cor.1:21)
  • I am marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance of what God promised. (Eph.1:13-14)
  • I am in Christ and God’s incomparably great power is working through me. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms. (Eph.1:19- 20)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal.2:20)
  • The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph.1:3)
  • Christ chose me before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Eph.1:4)
  • In Christ I have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. (Eph.1:7)
  • Through Christ I have access to the Father by the Holy Spirit. (Eph.2:18)
  • In Christ and through faith in him I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Eph.3:12)
  • Christ has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son he loves. (Col.1:13)
  • Christ lives in me, my hope of glory. (Col.1:27)
  • I was also circumcised, and my sinful nature was done away with, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ. (Col.2:11)
  • In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and I have been given fullness in Christ. (Col.2:10)
  • God did not give me a spirit of timidity or fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Tim.1:7)
  • I was made holy by Jesus Christ and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call me his brother. (Heb.2:11)
  • I may approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need. (Heb.4:16)
  • He has given me his very great and precious promises, so that through them I may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet.1:4)
  • In all these things I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me. (Rom.8:37)
  • If God is for me, who can be against me? (Rom.8:31)
  • God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for me —how will he not also, along with him, graciously give me all things? (Rom.8:32)
  • I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom.8:38-39)
  • The Spirit himself testifies with my spirit that I am God’s child. (Rom.8:16)
  • I was washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor.6:11)
  • I know that my labour in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor.15:58)
  • I thank God, who always leads me in a triumphal procession in Christ. (2 Cor.2:14)
  • God’s grace is sufficient for me, for his power is made perfect in my weakness. (2 Cor.12:9)
  • Because I am in Christ I may live out of the power of God. (1 Cor.1:24)
  • I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil.4:13)

This is what God says about me and of me and therefore I can say it and believe it. When the devil comes with his attacks I can stand on these truths and hold them up to him. This is discouraging to the devil, because it is the truth. The devil will continually try to draw us away from these truths and he wants to make us believe that we are in a losing position.

 

The other part of the truth of being a Christian

The above-mentioned is not all the Word of God says about being a Christian. Martin Luther once said: “The more holy the more sinful.” He meant that the closer we come to God and the holier we live, the more aware we are of our own sinfulness and brokenness and the better we know how dependent on God we really are. From the sixteenth century Reformation we have the expression; simul justus et peccator, which means: “saint and sinner simultaneously”. There are two dangers to the Christian life. We can be so aware of who we are in Christ, that we are sanctified and victorious, that we forget that we are also sinners and broken human beings. On the other hand, we can be so aware of our sinfulness that we do not recognise our victory in Christ and live accordingly. Rom.8:28 teaches us that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. God also uses the seemingly negative and weak things to His and our advantage.

This is a spiritual paradox. What is a paradox? A paradox is an apparent contradiction. It is a seemingly absurd, illogical, contradictory statement, a statement that initially seems not to have a logical explanation. It can also be a statement which is contrary to the accepted opinion. Martin Luther’s statement is a paradox. The expression simul justus et peccator (I am simultaneously saint/justified and sinner) is a paradoxical statement. Unfortunately, some aspects/facets of our spiritual life cannot be expressed in any way except as a paradox.

 

My weaknesses are not taken away

 

The following are a few Scripture portions dealing with the other side of the truth about being a Christian:

  • For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. (Rom.7:19)
  • I am a jar of clay that can easily be broken. (2 Cor.4:7)
  • I have to choose daily for Christ against my old nature. (Rom.7:23)
  • I am an heir of God and co-heir with Christ, if I share in his sufferings. (Rom.8:17)
  • I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions. (Col.1:24)
  • If I want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus I will be persecuted. (2 Tim.3:12)
  • I am continually subjected to the attacks of the devil. (James 4:7; 1 Pet.5:8)
  • As Christian I am still tempted. (Rom.8:18; 8:35-37, 2 Cor.1:5-7)
  • A Christian can be deceived. (2 Pet.3:17; 2 Thess.2:11)
  • I have to die so that others may live. (2 Cor.4:12)
  • I am not immune to sickness, death and suffering because I am a Christian. (Rom.8:8; 8:35; 2 Cor.1:5-7)
  • As a Christian I am not exempt from sadness, pain, loneliness, and humiliation. (Mark 10:30)
  • I am a slave to Christ Jesus. (Rom.1:1)
  • I have to make myself as nothing and take the nature of a slave. (Phil.2:5-11)
  • Jesus must become more and I must become less. (John 3:30)
  • I am less than the least of all God’s people. (Eph.3:8)
  • I am the worst of all sinners. (1 Tim.1:15)
  • I have to watch and pray every day that I will not fall into temptation. (Matt.26:41)
  • As a Christian I still have weaknesses, but God’s power is made perfect in my weakness. (2 Cor.12:9)
  • I do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with my weaknesses. My weaknesses are not taken away. (Heb.4:15)
  • As a Christian I stumble in many ways. It isn’t only weak Christians who stumble, all stumble. (James 3:2)

 

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