I have all of these things despite the fact that I am helpless, sinful, and wicked. All these blessings are mine on the basis of the death of Jesus. When God looks at Jesus He sees me (and all my sin) – And when God looks at me He sees Jesus and His perfect righteousness. All I have to do is to accept what He has done for me and this is all mine.
That's a faith statement.
"Thank You, Father, because even though I have felt as if I were on death row, bound by sin, I am not condemned in Your sight, because You graciously allowed my condemnation to fall on Jesus.”
Amazing! Condemned, by the way, is the same word as judged. My judgment fell on Jesus. It killed Him. That's why Jesus taught that a true believer doesn't have to face judgment-because He's already experienced it! "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24, NASB.
"Thank You, Father, that I don't have to spend today in ignorance of Your love, because You have demonstrated Your love toward me in sacrificing Your Son to die in my stead, and I want to rejoice in that love today. Thank You.”
That's a faith statement.
"That was the demonstration of Your love. Thank You, Father.”
My favorite faith statement always comes back to justification:
"Thank You, Father, that despite awareness of my own sinfulness and humanity today, as I look at the cross, I'm just in awe of the fact that You see me just as perfectly righteous as Jesus, because though He knew no sin, He permitted Himself to be made sin on my behalf and to suffer the death that I deserve. Thank You, Father.” 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9.
That's a faith statement. And the moment you say it--the moment you confess--the Holy Spirit brings the life of Christ into you. How do we know that the faith statement above is true?
Because Jesus was sent to death, and death is the wages of sin, not of righteousness. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
Jesus--even though He never sinned personally--became sin. That's why the Father turned His face away. Not because He saw His own Son, but because He saw you and me hanging there. Jesus took my sin on Himself. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6, emphasis supplied.
If you ever let Jesus become fully you, what a moment that is! One day I actually allowed Jesus to die with everything on Him that I was. I mean everything. I thought, "Hallelujah!" Jesus took even my weakest, darkest, most horrible thoughts, actions, and attitudes on Himself. And it killed Him! It was a faith step on His part, as it is a faith step on our part to take hold of that and believe
We know it cost Him His life! Righteous men don't die like that--not the second death. He died the second death--the death of a guilty, forsaken sinner. What an act of faith it was for Him to do that! He had to believe that His Father would raise Him again.
Contemplate the following beautiful quote from Ellen White in The Desire of Ages, page 25:
“Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His.”
How is your faith right now, my reading friend? I want to encourage you to write out a faith statement of your own. It shouldn't have anything to do with your struggles in life, with how well you're doing, or how well you're not doing. It should instead bring your focus to the death of Jesus.
In your faith statement, you'll praise God for the death of Jesus, because anything in Scripture that relates to the death of Jesus, you may claim as yours. And you simply want to praise God for being so gracious and generous.
Let me give you one more example of a faith statement:
"I'm thanking You this morning, Father, because through the obedience of the one Man Jesus Christ, who was obedient unto death, You see me as totally obedient. Thank You, Father! Because when I look in the mirror, that's not what I see, but I'm praising You, because that's what You see--and it gives me the courage to press on in Jesus Christ.”
So take a moment now and write out your own faith statement. Because when you do, it will unlock the Holy Spirit in a very special way, and you can expect interesting things to begin happening within you!
I also want to encourage you to find a friend or family member and verbalize your faith statement.
you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the
heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the
mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9,
But there is Much Much More than This!
What could be more than this?!
Christ's death is only part of what He has done for us. His death cleanses us from sin and reconciles us to God. Counts us as righteous. While His life does far, far more for us. Christs life enables, empowers us to live His live in the flesh as He lived His life in the flesh. He lives His life out in us.
When we accept Christ as our personal savior from sin, accepting what He has done for us by His death death on the cross, surrendering to Him and inviting Jesus to come into our life, He then lives out His perfect life in us through the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:4, 5; 12, 9; Romans 1:16, 17. He gives us the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 We call this sanctification. He not only counts us holy, He makes us holy by living in us working out good works that are acceptable to God. Philippians 2:13
But what if I fail? Haven't I lost everything? Well, what did you have before you came to Christ? Nothing but sin, weakness, rebellion and wickedness, right? So what did you have before you fell? You were doing pretty good huh? Were you? Remember any good works that you might have done was not really done by you but was done by Christ in you. So, whose works were they? Christ's not yours, lest you should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9.
But don't I loose my salvation when I fail, sin? Yes, you do loose your salvation, and if you were to die before you repented you would be eternally lost. But you haven't fallen out of grace. Romans 5:20. God hasn't changed how He feels about you. Jeremiah 31:3 He still loves you just as much as He did before you came to him, while you were still an unregenerate sinner. Romans 5:7, 8 He hasn't given up on you. He desperately wants to restore you to Himself and will do whatever it takes to do so. He loves you way to much to allow you to die in your sin before you are able to repent. In fact He want's to save you more than you want to save yourself. Why would He let you go now, and condemn you for a mistake, after He has pulled you out of sin? All He asks you to do is to re-surrender to Him, He will then give you repentence and everything is back as it was. God will then continue working in your life where He left off when you stopped Him by your mistake (sin). Philippians 1:6.
Remember salvation is all a free gift. Justification as well as sanctification. God does it all. All we have to do is to surrender and submit to His working in our lives by dying daily. Once you surrender, your salvation is God's responsibility. Your responsibility is to stay surrendered - die daily.
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"You can trust God with the ending of your life, you know. You don't ever have to live in fear of that, because in Christ you are perfect at each step of the way-";because by one sacrifice he "" Hebrews 10: 14 - just as the flower that's opening up is perfect at each step. The reason this is true is because your perfection is in Him, not in you.
Now let me share something very important. When you receive the Spirit of God, He comes into your mind. This is the only part of the human body with which the Holy Spirit communicates directly.
Otherwise,you'd be into the "holy flesh" doctrine, believing that the Spirit can come into other parts of your body. It's a very strange doctrine, as it's the mind that is renewed: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will:" Romans 12:2.
Here's another beautiful statement from Ellen White in her article "Genuine Conversion;" from the Review and Herald, July 7,1904:
The leaven of truth [a reference to the Spirit] works secretly, silently, steadily, to transform the soul. The natural inclinations are softened and subdued. New thoughts, new feelings, new motives, are implanted.
There is a lot of confusion over what we get "new:" But here it is clearly spelled out. When we enter into our new life in Jesus,
we receive a new mind. The new life is then lived according to that new mind. The one thing God cannot give us instantly is character. As we act upon the new thoughts, the new feelings, and the new motives, Christ's character is formed within us. That's the meaning of being born again. It's your mind being transformed.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" Philippians 2:5, KJV.
"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is:" Romans 12:2.
It took me years to recognize that with a new mind, the will of God is now inside me!
And when that is true, I no longer have to struggle to do God's will. I
will do His will - not because I have to
- but because now, Christ in me wants to!"
2 Timothy 2:15