YOU ARE NOT JUST AN OLD SINNER SAVED BY GRACE!!!!!
Let me begin by repeating what I said at the end of my post, ‘Just An Old Sinner Saved By Grace?‘: YOU ARE NOT JUST AN OLD SINNER SAVED BY GRACE!!!!! When you were born again, your spirit (the real you) did not just get a clean & polish, you did not just get a spiritual refurbishment. You were totally recreated, you were made a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). The devil would like you to think that you are the same old sinner you always were, because that way you are no threat to him and you will likely keep acting the same. But that is simply not true. So let’s spend some time looking at who God says we are. The verses below are just a sample of the many verses in the Bible that tell us who we are in Christ:
- “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession.” 1 Peter 2:9 (Common English Bible)
- “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (English Standard Version)
- “God [has] chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.” Ephesians 1:4 (Good News Translation)
- “We have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
- “These signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18
What? Don’t be ridiculous, he’s not afraid of me!
Does that sound like people who are supposed to be cowering under a rock, nervously awaiting the devil’s next attack? Of course it doesn’t! It sounds like people who are supposed to be confidently putting Satan where he belongs – under their feet.
NEWSFLASH: THE DEVIL IS AFRAID OF YOU!
I can almost hear someone saying, “What? Don’t be ridiculous, he’s not afraid of me! What threat could I possibly be to him? The Bible says he’s a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour“. Actually that’s not what the Bible says, let’s read that verse carefully. It’s found in 1 Peter 5:8, and the Amplified Bible puts it this way: “That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour“. Notice it says he prowls around LIKE a roaring lion, it doesn’t say he IS a roaring lion. The people who he’ll devour are the ones who don’t know that they are the conquerors, not him. In fact the Bible calls us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).
The devil is supposed to be under OUR feet, not the other way round.
But just in case you’re not convinced that he’s not really a dangerous lion, it doesn’t matter – you can still put him under your feet. Look at Psalm 91:13 “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet“. The devil is supposed to be under OUR feet, not the other way round – that’s why he’s scared of you. He knows that you have complete authority over him as a believer and if you ever really find out who you are in Christ, you will become a major threat to him. I encourage you to do your own study on this topic, look up the verses in the New Testament that contain the phrases “in whom“, “in Him“, “in Christ“, or anything similar. Find out who you truly are in Christ. Jesus said in John 16:33 (God’s Word translation), “In the world you’ll have trouble“, and that’s the part of the verse that most people know and how love quoting it! They say, “Well Jesus promised that we’d have trouble“. But there’s more to that verse – Jesus continued, “But cheer up! I have overcome the world“. Plus 1 John 5:4 shows that, like Jesus, we too are overcomers, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”.
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