Below is the video short clip for last week.
To be a child of God is the most blissful and successful life ever! Yes, there are many troubles, problems, and temptations in this world, but if we truly know our identity, we will see that all these are nothing greater than being a child of God. Therefore I put a picture of God’s child on the front page of my blog.
Pastor had asked, “Do we truly know ourselves (认识自己)?” Many times we know we are the child of God, and we admit that being a child of God is good, but have we truly believed and be convinced in our spirit with no doubts, so that we have all the authority to use this truth, and also the truth that our old self is already dead in Christ? Recently I realized that when I truly see my identity as “dignified” and “pure”, I see that my inner being has to be flourished by God’s love and power, so that not even a single sin should be allowed, because sin will destroy this image, will destroy the relationship with God, will destroy the entire life. Therefore, I see that I must submit to God, and even if it is the most difficult thing to submit, I am willing to submit to God! (Submit to what God asked me to believe, and submit to what He had given me as the best is). Submissions come with power of liberty, love, joy and peace because you know you submit to God and He is pleased. (Job 22:21 – "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.)
Even if we have many weaknesses, our new identity has not changed and our conditions are to bless all people. When we truly submit to all these, we will surely receive the full liberty in Christ, Satan will not be able to accuse us, and double-fold of blessings just follows you. That is the authority when we truly know what is truly being a child of God.
Since the old has gone, the new has come, we see our identity is already different from others in this world because we know our values (价值观) are no longer on earthly things but on the eternal blessings from heaven. In the past, I always focus on how people look at me, focus on how well I am or not, focus on my own conditions…etc. Once I truly know my identity (inner being is blessed), Jesus is the One I must focus. When I focus on Jesus Christ, focus on my spirit, and focus to be favored in Christ, I realized that only this can bring me joy, not anything in the world and never from any people. When we have this perspective, I can slowly differentiate the spirit of my family and friends. I know how to pray for them and know how to hope to be a blessing to them. I am not perfect so that sometimes, I still feel timid of what I do as a SIC, so that I do not even know how to bless my family and friends, but God said to me, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
No matter whether my life is successful or not, without the love of Christ, I will not be able to stand firm, and I will not be able to see my identity as so precious, so that I will just continue to love the world. The greatest love is that He died for us sinners. In Romans 5:6 – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Even sometime we may feel weak but God said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
God’s love is everlasting; therefore it is always a new discovery in each day of our life. Today I see that the old self of yesterday has passed and a new life has begun. What I have failed yesterday has died in Christ, and today, I restore my identity again and live with God’s love.
Everyone of us are special (独特）and beautiful in Christ. May you find your dignified identity in the great love of Christ on the cross. 🙂
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. 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, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not in the present age but also in the one to come”
Video (Chinese): http://www.lifechurchmissions.com/VideoWindow.aspx?m=841&f=2861