Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things
OK before we get into the meat of this post I want
to make a clarification. A “sinner” IMO, is one who has never made the
confession that Christ is Lord. A sinner does not believe that Jesus is God,
does not believe that He died for our sins and in some cases does not even
believe in sin period. They live a persistent, habitual life of chronic sin a life that is contrary to God’s Word.
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?
Not only forgiven but forgotten!
The Bible teaches us that when we confess our sins
He will forgive us and forget them or not hold them against us.
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
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
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:
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.
Forget about it
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,
16 “This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,t says the LORD:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”t
17 Then he says,
“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”
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
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
11 So you also should consider
yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ
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.
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
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!
us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful
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
Not only incorrect, but a lie
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”
Our Sinful Nature
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
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
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.”
More to come
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) Psalm 34:5 (NLT)
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
- Matthew 5:13 I am the salt of the earth.
- Matthew 5:14 I am the light of the world.
- John 1:12 I am a child of God.
- John 15:15 I am part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of Christ's life.
- John 15:15 I am Christ's friend.
- John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
- Romans 8:14,15 I am a joint-heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him.
- I Corinthians 3:16 I am a temple of God. His Spirit dwells in me.
- I Corinthians 12:27 I am a member (part) of Christ's body
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 I am a new creation.
- 2 Corinthians 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation...
- Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.
- Ephesians 1:3 I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
- Ephesians 1:11 I am sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit who has been given as a pledge of my inheritance.
- Ephesians 2:10 I am God's workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that I should do.
if there is a main purpose for this blog it is to remind each of you that we are a new creation in Him! That the old you is gone and that the new you is here!! I want to remind you that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places, that we are joint heirs with Christ, that we are righteous and holy a member of His body that we are friends with God!!
- Ephesians 4:24 I am righteous and holy.
Teaching from Creflo Dollar on who we are in Christ: Part 1 Part 2
Romans 5:1 (NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Psalm 5:11 (NLT)
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
Philippians 4:4 (NIV84)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
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!
God, The great I am that I am, the creator of the ends of the universe, the everlasting God who neither faints nor grows weary is for you! I don't know about you but that amazes me! That the Holy, blamesless God is mindful of me. He made us in His image!
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
We have right standing with Him! No one can accuse us of anything, so why do we accuse ourselves?? Why do we wallow in self-pity and continually focus on remorse and regrets? HE IS FOR YOU!
Nothing can separate us from His Love!!
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!!
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”
Are you convinced?
Are you? I am! If, then, you are convinced let us therefore act like it! Let us meditate on these words, let us contemplate, let us focus on the words of this Scripture! Get obsessed with His great love for us, let the abundance of our hearts be filled with His love and let our words and actions echo these words!
despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosenthe weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised , hath God chosen , yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are :
That no flesh should glory in his presence
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
, He that
, let him
I Cor. 1 26 - 31
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!!
Once you have become aware of unhealthy thought patterns you have a choice; you can allow them to continue unchecked or you can work to replace those unhealthy thoughts with healthy ones. if you choose the latter it is gonna take some willingness to make the change. In other words you have to want it. When you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen.
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.
A key element in changing the way we think is contemplation or focus, What are you focusing on?
Isaiah 26:3 KJV
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Focus on Him.
When you focus on God what do you think about? Do you zero in on His anger, wrath and vengeance?
There was a time when I did and as a result I felt that God was out to punish me for every little mistake. My mind was full of thoughts of sin, judgement and condemnation. IT was all part of my misery mindset and yielded results that were detrimental to my relationship with Him and to my relationship with others.
Then I realized that God loved and cherished me. So I shifted my focus from an angry God to a God of Love, in fact, God IS love.IT was only after thid shift that I begin to fully realize who I am in Him.
Focus on who you are.
I am not a wretch, a worm or an object of anger or wrath and neither are you! In Psalms 139:14 we read I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made and we need to focus on the fact that His works are wonderful! We are His children, joint heirs with Christ, We are the redeemed, purchased with great price, we are the apple of His eye. He loves us, dwells within us and keeps us in peace when we focus on Him and who we are through Him.
Focus on Compassion
Now that we are aware of Him and who we are through Him we need to adopt the same compassionate view of self. We need to stop focusing on our past, on sin or on anything that interferes with having a right view of self. It is only after fully accepting this blessed assurance that we can shift our focus from self and begin to focus on others.
Christ focus was on others, His love for others is what compelled Him to the cross. Time after time Christ showed compassion form the many to the few to the one Christ exercised compassion. IN John 10:10 Jesus states that He came to give us life, abundant life. As God cares for us we also should care for others. When we focus on compassion for others we will find that our stresses melt away and that oeace and happiness loom large in our hearts and minds.
Think on this, not that.
1. Think on blessing, not stressing
2. Think onwhat you have, not what you don't.
3. Think onthe now, not the past.
4. Think on the good, not the bad.
5. Think on the glad, not the sad.
I'll end with the scripture:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:4-8
There are times(today is one of them) when I find myself thinking: "What is it about me that causes people to avoid helping me? What is it about me that keeps them from honoring their commitments made to me? What is it about me that puts people off?"
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.
- R Recognize what is happening
- A Allow life to be just as it is
- I Investigate inner experience with an Intimate attention
- N Non-Identification; rest in Natural awareness.
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
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.
- Is it true?
- Where did the /thought(s) come from?
- What's the payoff?
- What would my life look like if I allowed these thoughts to root?
- Can I create a rational reason to change them?
- Can I access universal cooperation in shedding them?
- How do I continuously reinforce this new way of being?
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!
I wanted to go ahead and wrap up this topic.
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!
It is once again time to take a look at another three of the 18 excuses.
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.