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Back in Genesis before the very first sin every came to be, satan attempted to destroy humanity. We know today because of the Gospel and because of what Jesus has done for us, that satan has failed. We know that satan has lost. However, he still makes attempts to destroy us every day.
He doesn’t do this in an obvious way most of the time (that would be too easy for us to notice and we’d run the other way), but rather, attempts in a subtle way.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” – Genesis 3:1
This is the moment. This is what got Eve. 4 words. “Did God Really Say?”
It’s subtle. It’s precise. It’s just enough to maybe make you think it’s no big deal, but satan knows what he’s doing and once you go down that road, chances are…it’s too late.
Now this post might have a more serious tone and that’s intentional because we shouldn’t take our enemy lightly, but at the same time, if we are followers of Jesus, we should be encouraged that Jesus is King! God is on His throne right now, never makes a mistake, and has already defeated death and sin! And on top of everything, we have Him (the Holy Spirit) within us as believers every single day.
However, it’s important to take following Jesus seriously, which would include knowing our enemy and the battle within us.
- Did God really say all Scripture is perfect? Even if written by man?
- Did God really say you can’t have sex and live with someone before marriage?
- Did God really say there’s really only one way to be saved?
- Did God really say there’s a hell?
- Did God really say that you can’t be happy and do what feels right?
- Did God really say it’s a big deal for you to look at that screen again?
Identity is defined as who we are and how we are called by name and is critical for the day to day life of a follower of Jesus. Before becoming a Christian, we would just be known to others by our actual name given to us by our parents, but after choosing to follow Jesus…our identity changes.
From the moment we decide to trust and follow Christ, we become a child of God. We become a disciple of Jesus. We become a Christian. That becomes our new identity. So why is identity so critical then?
We are called as Christians to follow Jesus and fix our eyes on Him daily. That way we can be reminded of the Gospel and be spurred to love one another and share the Gospel with others. The problem begins when we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them back on ourselves. We get in trouble when we forget our new identity and start to go back to our old one.
Read through the Word, remind yourself of your new identity, and walk confidently as a follower of Jesus today.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on identity:
I had the honor and privilege to be interviewed over the radio by the Pilgrim Radio Network in regards to couples living together. I’ve seen this topic continue to be very popular over the years and believe many are still seeking answers to their questions about it.
Here’s the interview. (Click to Play in Browser)
Here’s our post that was the main topic of the interview – What’s Wrong With Living Together Before Marriage?
That same post and same topic has been featured over at WORLD Magazine as well. You can view that post by clicking here.
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One of my favorite movies of all-time is The Dark Knight. I find the movie very fascinating for a lot of reasons. Batman is the main character of the film, but he is not necessarily seen as the primary hero. District Attorney Harvey Dent is committed to eliminating organized crime in Gotham City. The Gotham citizens, law enforcement, and Batman himself believed that Harvey Dent is the hero and savior for Gotham. Finally the city had a man who had the best intention to bring peace and justice to a corrupt city. Most notably Bruce Wayne aka Batman was relieved because he realized that he would not need to be Batman one day. They placed their hope on Harvey Dent because he was a man worth believing in.
We want that person who we can respect, honor, and follow. We want a role model that our kids can look up to. When we hear that these people may not be perfect, then we hope that the rumors or allegations are false. We hope that there is no way that this person could do such a thing. The evidence can be overwhelming, but we still have hope that they are worth our admiration. We don’t want to hope for someone who turns out to be a fraud.
Work is something we can all relate with. I imagine there are many things that come to mind when we all think of work – a case of the Mondays, counting the time until Friday and the weekend that is coming up, a paycheck, a terrible boss, a great company, downtown, commuting, projects coming up, tasks to be done, dressing up in business clothes…and the list goes on.
For believers, we sometimes think following Jesus is what we do during our time outside of work, when in reality, we can see from Scripture that following Jesus is to be done 24/7, including specifically within the work that we do. God doesn’t make mistakes and isn’t shocked by what you do for a living and has plans to work through you at your job.
If we look at our jobs through God’s eyes, our perspective will quickly change and we’ll see that our work has real purpose. We’ll see how our work benefits the community around us, enriches the city, and how nothing we do for the Lord will be in vain.
Likewise, we’ll be reminded that we are to be faithful disciples. How we spend our time, respect our boss and co-workers, and the attitude we have throughout the week says a lot to the people around us. When we work faithfully and joyfully for The Lord, it stands out in a culture that has lost respect for authority, working hard, or valuing a company’s time.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on work: