Conversely a Christian is one who believes in their heart and has confessed with their mouth that Christ is risen and is Lord. They belive in the deity of Jesus Christ and believe that he died for our sins. And while it is possible to commit a sin post Salvation a Christian does not live a persistent, habitual life of chronic sin, therefore a Christian is NOT a sinner, saved by Grace or otherwise, rather we are a Christian, saved by Grace.
As I stated in my previous post, It is possible for a born again Christian to sin however, as Christians we are no longer defined by a sin or even sin itself. Rather our idently comes from and in Jesus Christ. See Just Who Do You Think You Are?
The Bible teaches us that when we confess our sins He will forgive us and forget them or not hold them against us.
· But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. I John 1:9
· If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:10
Look at the underlined passage. First we must believe in our heart and second confess with our mouth. What we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths creates life or death! When we apply this towards Salvation we create everlasting life, when we apply this toward sin (In the statement “I am a sinner”) we create death!
Romans 8:5-7 renforces this:
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.
When we confess Christ as Lord we enter in to a new life, we are “reborn”. HE forgives; he does not hold our sins against us.
12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet.
14 For by that one offering
he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
15 And the Holy Spirit also
testifies that this is so. For he says,
17 Then he says,
18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
If God, being Holy and Just, will never again remember our sins, who are we to constantly, persistently claim and confess that “I am a sinner??
I echo the words of Paul in Romans 6:16: “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”
Also, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
So stop choosing death by saying I am a sinner saved by grace! You are not a sinner! Choose life by saying I am a Christian, saved by Grace!
We are dead to sin and alive in Christ! Sin is not our master, therefore we have no business as born again Christians claiming we are sinners!
11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
We are no longer controlled bu our sin -, we have been released and are no longer captives, we are no longer sinners!!
4 So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.5 When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death.
But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. Romans 7
Instead of professing we are sinners saved by Grace we should be professing we are Christians saved by Grace and we should hold on to this profession as if our very lives depended on it because, frankly, it does!
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
There are just too many Scriptures that point to the final and irrevocable remissions of sin and to the breaking of sin’s power over us for one to continue thinking “I am a sinner saved by grace.”
Thinking this way is unhealthy and destructive and only leads to death. IF one persists in this way of thinking God may very well abandon you to this type of thinking and I can promise you nothing good will come of that. (See Rom 1:28-31)
So I encourage you to think in terms of life, shift your focus from what you were to what you are tight now in Christ – A Christian saved by Grace!
What we think about a lot we have a tendency to talk
about a lot, and what we talk about a lot we become. If we think about sin a
lot we tend to talk about it a lot and if we talk about it enough we live it.
I have often heard the adage “I am a sinner saved by Grace”. This statement has been around for a hundred years, at least, and is meant to convey, I suppose, a sense of gratitude for His saving Grace.
However, adopting this sentiment as a base for persistent thought and speech is not only unhealthy and dangerous it is Biblically incorrect.
I could tell people that I am 24 but I’m not I’m 44. I was 24 but now I’m not. I could tell people that I’m single, but I’m not, I’m married. I used to be single but now I’m not. If I told people these things I would be lying, yes it was true, but now it is not.
It is no different with sin, I was a sinner but now I’m not and for me to claim “I am a sinner” is wrong. it would be better to state “I am a Christian, saved by Grace”
One thing we cannot deny is that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Nor can we deny the possibility of sinning, post Salvation. However the possibility alone does not make one a sinner!
It is possible for me throw a football or baseball, that does not make me a Football or Baseball player. I have the ability to shoot a firearm but that does not make me a soldier, Police Officer or a Hunter.
Just because I have the ability or because it is possible for me to do some thing does not make me that thing and to claim I am a professional athlete just because I could throw a ball is a deception and a lie.
So to claim “I am a sinner” just because I might sin is wrong, plain and simple. The paradox is that if we continue thinking “I am a sinner” we will become just that – a sinner thus nullifying the latter part of that adage “saved by Grace.”
Psalm 34:5 (NLT)
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Here is Joyce Myers teaching us who we are in Christ
Teaching from Creflo Dollar on who we are in Christ: Part 1 Part 2
Romans 5:1 (NLT)
Psalm 5:11 (NLT)
Philippians 4:4 (NIV84)
Because we are new in Him and because we are friends with God we have reason to rejoice! Because of Christ God's terrible wrath was averted! Our sins and transgressions have been forgotten so Rejoice in the Lord always in all ways on all days!!
There is more to you and I than meets the eye. There is more to us than the sum of our circumstances and situations, We are loved, we are blessed and we are highly favored!
No situation, no mistake, no weakness, no circumstance can ever make God stop loving you! Neither divorce, nor drama,nor stress, nor worry, nor anxiety can either! We are His!!
I thought I would write a post and try to explain my motivation for TIBI Ministries.
Been there, Done That!
God has brought me through a lot in my short life here on earth and I have learned and grown from those trials. I have learned that what God will do for one he will do for another. To that end, i feel compelled to help others who are going through things in their own lives. For it is written: Share each other's troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Also: Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters. Gal. 6 2 & 10
With an estimated 1 out of every 4 Americans ( and I'm guessing at least 2 out of every 4 Christians) on some type of anxiety medication I feel called to minister to those struggling with depression, stress, worry, anxiety, ECT, especially as it relates to their walk with God. There was a time when my life was filled with these things and God brought me through. Since He brought me through I know he will do the same for others.
Called to Serve through Love
Like you, I am a child of God, purchased with great price and made a joint heir with Him (Christ). I'm no better than any other child of God and do not pretend to be but as stated above in Galatians 6 I am to do good at every opportunity and as it is written: Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17
So I know what I ought to do and I am doing my best to do it. I know it will seem foolish to a lot of folks, even Christian folks, but I got to do what I have been called to do. Again it is written: If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Rom 8:12
A Fool for Christ
For some this statement means being flamboyant and demonstrative, being rude and disrespectful of others. This is just not my style. What I mean by this statement is reflected in this scripture:
In the light of this scripture I will gladly be seen as foolish, weak, base and despicable.
It is written: It is the Good News about his Son, Jesus, . For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news -- the Good News about Christ. (see Romans Chapter 1)
For whatever reason God chose this foolish weak man to spread the Good News that we have been made "right in His Sight." He has called me to encourage and build others up. He has called me to tell others that He decided to save us through His Son Jesus Christ rather than pour out His anger on us. That He died for us that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
No retreat, No surrender!
This is why I have created 4 social media outlets, a podcast, a broadcast, a blog and a facebook page. These tools enable me to spread the Good News on a daily bases without being hindered by finances, lack of transportation or a brick n mortar building.
Yes, I will use these tools as effectively as I know how, a thousand may ignore me, my friends may not support me, others my ridicule me. Whatever the odds I will fight the good fight, I will press toward the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus, as I believe it I will achieve it!!
To will or not to will that is the question.
Sometimes it take a life event or some type of catalyst to motivate us into to a willing frame of mine. If you recall, Jonah demonstrated an unwillingness to go to Ninavah and deliver the message God had given him, He tried to flee but ended up in the belly of a large fish for 3 days and nights until he determined to obey God and go where He sent him and say what He had told him to say. Once he was willing to do what needed to be done, good things happened.
Where there is a will...
In the story of Noah we see a willingness to obey God and prepare for an event no one of his day had ever heard of - rain. For many years Noah toiled in the building of the ark despite what people or even family had to say on the matter. Noah was determined to do whatever it took to accomplish the task at hand.
Even in the face of very difficult circumstances Abraham showed a willingness and determination to follow through on God's instruction to sacrifice Isaac. It was his willingness that fueled his thoughts, thoughts that centered on obeying God.
We can see the ultimate example of willingness in Christ Himself - and even though he asked that this cup be taken form him he also showed a willingness to follow God's will and sacrificed himself on a cross so that we might have life.
Finding God's Will.
A lot has been said about finding God's will for our lives. Might I suggest that God's will for us is to be all that we can be in Him? Might I further suggest that His will for us is to simply realize that we have favor in His sight? In fact any thought or mindset that tells us otherwise is not of God thus not His will!
Finding our will
Just like the patriarchs, just like Jesus we can find our strength through God. With His strength and a firm belief that God is for us we can find the willingness to shift from an unhealthy paradigm to a health one.We must remember that all things are possible through Him and to those that believe!
We really don't have to struggle with a lack of willingness any more. God want good and wonderfully things for us therfere he will supply each and evey need that we have including a need for a strong will to change.
The answers the flit through my mind and attempt to take root aren't worth mentioning. There are some steps that I take and some questions that I ask to replace those thoughts with encouraging ones.
1, Awareness / mindfulness
I find it beneficial to be aware of these thoughts to be mindful of them, I find that when I am I am better equipped to dismiss them and think better thoughts.
Once I am aware of these thoughts I can apply RAIN a very useful tool for lifting myself out of any funk these negative thoughts might cause. More information on RAIN
i. Sacred pause
in order to replace these thoughts I first hit the "pause" button, in other words I interrupter the negative thoughts, I put them on hold. This allows me time to ask a few questions.
Already my thoughts are being redirected to more constructive thought patterns.
To reinforce these new thoughs I often quote form Scripture or repeat helpful affirmations as many times as needed/
I then "reset" my day. I start my day anew with the new thoughts filling my mind.
I apply these thought over and over.
6. Retry & Repeat
If I fail I try, try again, repeating the process.
SO then the answer to the question "Is is True?" Can be answered with a resounding NO, these negative , destructive thoughts are not true!
13. The rules won’t let me
I suppose that I am a rule breaker, I have always marched to the beat of my own drum and those time when I tried to conform ended in disaster. I have to be me and I am what I am and that by the Grace of God. So are you, Just be you - do unto others as you would have them do to you and try to Live and let live.
Affirmation - I live my life according to Divine rules.
14. It’s too big
Sometime it does seem that the goals I have for this ministry, for my personal weigh loss are too big. This seems to happen when I think in terms of the "big picture". Sure I have one, but I have found it best for me to take it one day at a time, one "now" at a time. All we have is now, might as well make the best of it.
Affirmation - I think only about what I can do now. By thinking small, I accomplish great things.
15. I don’t have the energy
This one is a biggie for me. I have struggled with energy levels for a while. Now that I have changed my eating habits and have started a regular fitness routine my energy levels have shot up. This change started with a thought - I thought it - I became it.
Affirmation - I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.
16. It’s not my personal family history
For a long time I allowed my skewed point of view of my past and family history to take up a large portion of my thoughts. That was a mistake. Whats done is done and as I said earlier All I have is now so I determined to live in the now and forgetting those things that are behind I press forward.
Affirmation - I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child.
17. I’m too busy
Not really, I am as busy as I want to be.
Affirmation - As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.
18. I’m too scared
This isn't something I deal with a lot.
Affirmation - I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, because I know that I am never alone.
However you phrase it excuses serve no purpose but to forestall becoming the you God meant for you to be. So stop making excuses. Right now! Today! The power is YOURS!
10. I’m not strong enough
There are times when I feel this way, both physically and mentally. However I have found that that if I truly think I can do all things through Christ that I can press on through and keep going.
Affirmation: I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my Source of being.
11. I’m not smart enough
Sometimes I really struggle with this one. There are a lot of folks out there that are a lot smarter, better educated and better equipped to undertake the mission of edification and encouragement. However this passage always comes to mind when I start thinking poorly of myself:
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. I Cor. 1:21-31
Affirmation - I am a creation of the Divine mind; all is perfect, and I am a genius in my own right.
12. I’m too old (or not old enough)
Honestly I don't wrestle with this. There are a lot of folks both in the Bible and in the modern world that started there "missions" late in life or are still going strong late in life. (although 44 is not that late in life. :-D )
Affirmation: I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.