NEVER DOUBT YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve”. Acts 27:23 (KJV)
The account of Matthew 4 covers when Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. In other words, the devil was asking Jesus if He really believed that He was the Son of God. This happened just after God had openly declared, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 17:5, KJV). I feel particularly sad about the erroneous teachings occurring in the body of Christ today. So many believers have opened their hearts to receive garbage. Some of us believe in ancestral curses. Such people go about with the mentality that they are cursed so nothing works for them. It appears they have more faith in the activities of the devil than in what God is doing.
Some people come to church regularly, yet they are not growing. Because of this, the devil has made mincemeat of them. The devil does not care how long you have been attending church. He does not care how much you donate or how many Bible translations you have, as long as you don’t know who you are. The devil visited Eve to make her doubt her identity. He asked: “hath God said [. . .]?” (Genesis 3:1, KJV). In other words, do you really believe what God said? I thought that the devil would have dropped that trick but he still came to Jesus and said, “If thou be the Son of God [. . .]” (Matthew 4:6, KJV). In our scripture for today, Paul was in a dire situation but was still bold enough to say to the people, “there stood by me [. . .]the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve” (Acts 27:23, KJV). Did you notice the order? “Whose I am” came before “whom I serve”. Your relationship with God must come before service. When you know your identity you will stand strong no matter what stunts the devil pulls.
As a believer, don’t you know that when you accept failure what you are saying is that Jesus has failed? Today the devil is telling you when to go to bed and when to wake up, what to eat and what to avoid. The way some people magnify the devil’s activities can make you think that God is hiding under the table. But the last time I read my Bible it said, “He that siteth in the heavens shall laugh” because He knows that He is not in contention with the devil (Psalm 2:4, KJV). The devil has already been defeated; whatever he is doing now is just a waste of time. Take your position in Christ and be assured that victory is guaranteed.
Further reading: Acts 27:21-38 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Leviticus 8-10, Evening-Matthew 25:31-46