Who You and I Are in Christ

Who I am in Christ

  1. I am a New Creature in Christ Jesus – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  1. I am seated in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus – Ephesians 2:6
  1. I am a King and Priest unto God – Revelation 1:6, 5:10; 1 Peter 2:9
  1. No condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus – Romans 8:1-2
  1. I cannot be separated from Christ’s love – Romans 8:38-39
  1. I am a part of the Body of Christ – Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:11-16
  1. I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise – Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22
  1. I have been given His Spirit in my heart as a deposit – 2 Corinthians 1:22
  1. I am wise in Christ – James 1:5, 3:13
  1. I am assured that God works for my good – Romans 8:28
  1. I have favor with God and man – Proverbs 3:4
  1. I am approved in Christ – Romans 16:10
  1. I am holy because God is Holy – Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16
  1. I am redeemed by Christ Jesus – Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 5:9
  1. I am strong in the Lord – Philippians 4:13; Joel 3:10
  1. I am honored – 1 Peter 2:17
  1. I have hope – Romans 5:5, 15:13
  1. I am made alive – 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:1,5
  1. I am established – 2 Corinthians 1:21
  1. I am anointed – 2 Corinthians 1:21
  1. I am a friend of Jesus – John 15:15
  1. I am His workmanship – Ephesians 2:10
  1. I am free – John 8:36
  1. I am a Child of God – Galations 3:26
  1. I am Abraham’s seed – Galations 3:29
  1. I am an heir of the promise – Galations 3:29
  1. I am Blessed – Ephesians 1:3
  1. I am Chosen – Ephesians 1:4
  1. I am Blameless – Ephesians 1:4
  1. I am Predestined – Ephesians 1:5
  1. I am Adopted – Ephesians 1:5
  1. I am Called by God – 2 Timothy 1:9
  1. I am Healed – Isaiah 53:5
  1. I was Healed – 1 Peter 2:24
  1. I have been given the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, and insight into the mysteries of God – Ephesians 1:17-19 AMP
  1. I am given an inheritance in Christ Jesus – Ephesians 1:11
  1. I have the measure of faith – Romans 12:3
  1. I am brought near by Jesus’ Blood – Ephesians 2:13
  1. My citizenship is in Heaven – Philippians 3:20 NKJV
  1. I am bold and confident – Ephesians 3:12
  1. I have access to God’s Throne – Hebrews 4:14-16; Ephesians 3:12
  1. I can do all things through Christ – Philippians 4:13
  1. I am one with the Lord in spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:17
  1. I have been given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind – 2 Timothy 1:7
  1. I am given exceeding great and precious promises – 2 Peter 1:4
  1. I am the righteousness of God in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:21
  1. I am a joint-heir with Christ – Romans 8:17
  1. I am the head and not the tail – Deuteronomy 28:13
  1. I am above only and not beneath – Deuteronomy 28:13
  1. I am the lender and not the borrower – Deuteronomy 15:6
  1. I am prosperous in spirit, soul and body – Job 36:11; 3 John 2
  1. I am filled with the fullness of God – Ephesians 3:19, 4:13
  1. I am accepted in the Beloved – Ephesians 1:6
  1. I am loved by the Father – John 16:27
  1. I live by faith and not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7
  1. I am rooted and grounded in love – Ephesians 3:17
  1. I believe that I have received what I have asked God for – Mark 11:23-24
  1. I am comforted by God – 2 Corinthians 1:4
  1. I am Triumphant – 2 Corinthians 2:14
  1. I am reigning with Christ – Revelation 5:10
  1. I am more than a Conqueror – Romans 8:37
  1. I am Sanctified – 1 Corinthians 1:2; John 17:19
  1. I am a Saint – 1 Corinthians 1:2
  1. I am Faithful – Matthew 25:23; Ephesians 1:1
  1. I am justified by faith and have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ – Romans 5:1
  1. I am justified freely by grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – Romans 3:24
  1. I have been given grace – Ephesians 4:7
  1. I am living in grace and truth – John 1:17
  1. I am growing in grace – 2 Peter 3:18
  1. I am risen with Christ – Colossians 3:1
  1. My life is hid with Christ in God – Colossians 3:3
  1. I am appointed to bear fruit – John 15:16
  1. I am complete in Him – Colossians 2:10
  1. I have the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16
  1. I am configured into Christ’s image from one degree of Glory to another – 2 Corinthians 3:18
  1. I am a son or daughter of God – John 1:12; Romans 8:14,19; Philippians 2:15; 1 John 3:1
  1. I am a partaker of His Divine Nature – 2 Peter 1:4
  1. I call things that be not yet in existence as though it already were in existence – Romans 4:17
  1. I am skillful in rightly dividing the Word of Truth because I study to show myself approved unto God – 2 Timothy 2:15
  1. I have abundant life – John 10:10
  1. Increase has come to my life and to my children’s lives, and to all of my offspring – Psalms 115:14
  1. I am wealthy … wealth has come to my life – Deuteronomy 8:17-18
  1. I speak words of faith because I have the Spirit of Faith – 2 Corinthians 3:14
  1. I speak as the oracle of God – 1 Peter 4:11
  1. I am whole according to MY faith – Mark 5:34; Luke 17:19
  1. I am supplied with everything I need by my God, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19
  1. I have God’s favor resting on my life – Luke 1:30, 2:14 AMP; John 1:16-17 AMP; Acts 4:33 AMP
  1. I have the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:57
  1. My faith is the victory that overcomes the world – 1 John 5:4
  1. I am created in the image of God (spirit being, phantom, ghost, figure, similitude) (interior part of us) – Genesis 1:27
  1. I am made in God’s likeness (resemblance, model, shape) (external part of us) – Genesis 1:26; James 3:9 AMP
  1. I use the Word of God as my sword of the Spirit against the wiles of the devil – Ephesians 6:13-18
  1. I am filled to overflowing with the goodness and joy of the Lord … my cup runs over – Psalms 23:5; John 15:11 AMP
  1. I am shown new mercies every morning from the Lord – Lamentations 3:22-23
  1. The Lord’s faithfulness towards me is Great – Lamentations 3:23
  1. I am God’s peculiar possession and treasure – Exodus 19:5
  1. I am filled with rivers of living water in my innermost being, (the rivers speaking of the Holy Spirit flowing through me) – John 7:38-39
  1. I am the apple of Abba Father’s eye – Psalms 17:8; Zechariah 2:8
  1. I am the Bride of Christ – Song of Solomon 1-8; Revelation 21:9, 19:7-8, 22:17
  1. I am taken to the banqueting hall and His banner over me is love – Song of Solomon 2:4
  1. I am protected by the Lord in the shelter of the Most High – Psalms 91
  2. I am satisfied with long life from the Lord and shown His salvation – Psalms 91:16
  1. I have the Greater One living on the inside of me – 1 John 4:4
  1. I am filled with the joy of the Lord and His joy is my strength – Nehemiah 8:10
  1. I am the pen of a ready writer when I speak – Psalms 45:1
  1. I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding – Proverbs 3:5
  1. In all my ways I acknowledge the Lord and He directs my paths – Proverbs 3:6
  1. I reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn entirely away from evil, and it is health to my nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to my bones – Proverbs 3:7-8
  1. I honor the Lord with my possessions, and with the firstfruits of all my increase; so my barns will be filled with plenty, and my vats will overflow with new wine – Proverbs 3:9-10
  1. I am happy as the man who finds wisdom and gains understanding; for wisdom’s proceeds are better than profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold – Proverbs 3:13-14
  1. When I lie down, I shall not be afraid; my sleep shall be sweet – Proverbs 3:24

Part 4 – Tongues: Q & A

What is speaking in tongues?

By the enablement and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaking in a language you have never learned. It could be any ancient or current language spoken, or could be a language spoken in Heaven (angelic languages) – 1 Corinthians 13:1.

A person is not limited to the mode of speaking only, but you can also sing in tongues, pray in tongues, praise in tongues, and prophesy in tongues.

What do you mean by two-fold, or two kinds, of tongues?

According to 1 Corinthians 13:1, there are two kinds of tongues: Paul refers to the:

1) tongues of men (any earthly language)

2) the tongues of angels (any language spoken in Heaven).

What is the purpose of tongues?

  1. Usually the initial evidence or manifestation that a person has been filled and baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:6).
  1. A sign to unbelievers of the reality and power of God – 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 (Isaiah 28:11), Acts 2:6-21, 1 Corinthians 14:22.
  1. Serves as a sign that accompanies and signifies those who believe on Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17-18). “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
  1. Power to be witnesses, and power for service (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:19). Luke 24:49 says, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
  1. Great boldness and great grace (Acts 4:31-33). Acts 4:31-33 states:

31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

  1. Spiritual self-edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4a “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself.”

Jude 20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”

When you pray in tongues, your mind is unfruitful (you do not understand the language you are speaking), but your spirit is built up.

  1. Your spirit prays to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2 “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

1 Corinthians 14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

Praying in tongues are pure prayers from your spirit to God. There is no carnality or flesh mixed in. You are not praying with your soul (mind and emotions), which is continually being renewed and sanctified.

Sometimes when you don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit (who knows the perfect will of God) intercedes through you (Romans 8:26).

  1. The Holy Spirit prays and sings through you in the form of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:15 “What is it then? I will pray with the Spirit (pray in unknown tongues), and I will pray with the understanding also (in the language you know). I will sing with the Spirit (sing in unknown tongues) and I will sing with the understanding also (in the language you know).”

The phrases: “pray in the Holy Ghost, or pray in the Spirit, or sing in the Spirit” all refer to praying or singing in tongues. When someone says “pray in your Heavenly language”, that is also referring to praying in tongues.

  1. Tongues is usually the entrance to operating in the Gifts of the Spirit (in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10). There are nine gifts mentioned in this passage.
  • Word of wisdom
  • Word of knowledge
  • Faith
  • Gifts of healing
  • Working of miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Diverse kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

Tongues is the door into the prophetic realm, the seer realm, signs and wonders, healings and miracles, and deliverance.

Tongues is a catalyst that propels a believer into deeper worship, thus resulting in experiencing a very heavy anointing, a weighty presence of the Lord, and the glory realm.

Praying in the Holy Ghost (tongues) is a way of doing spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:11-18). This passage talks about the armor of God that quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one. In Verse 18 it says to pray in the Spirit. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

  1. The purpose of tongues is to prophesy a word from God in the general assembly, with an interpretation following, for the edifying of the church (1 Corinthians 14:12-13, 27-32). Paul said that it is greater to prophesy a word in the language of the hearers, because then it does not require an interpreter and interpretation.

Can a Christian Go To Hell?

Can a Christian Go To Hell?

A Christian’s salvation is eternally secure as long as he or she does the will of the Father and lives in holiness, and bears good fruit in their lives.

Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Some Christians have forfeited their eternal security in heaven by living a lifestyle of disobedience and lawlessness. Some examples include:

  1. Not walking in love; hatred; prejudice; murder; malice
  2. Abuse of any kind, and causing strife and discord
  3. Bitterness (which defiles many) and unforgiveness
  4. Any form of witchcraft, sorcery, horoscopes, etc.
  5. Any form of sexual immorality, including porn addiction
  6. Embezzlement, stealing, corruption, lying, deceit
  7. Pastors and leaders leading the flock astray through their teachings or being bad examples
  8. Demonstrating irreverence (through words and deeds) to the Holy Spirit and His Anointing and Anointed Ones
  9. Pride and rebellion
  10. Lifestyle of drunkenness, gambling, carousing, vices

The Lord said in His Word that those who practice such things cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a two-fold definition: 1. God’s system of doing things  2. Heaven.

Revelation 22:14-15 talks about those who will want to get into heaven, but the gates will be closed for them and they won’t be able to enter in.

Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Galatians 5:19-25 gives examples of the works of the flesh, and then says that they which live in such a way cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Then it lists the fruits of the Spirit, and encourages us as Believers to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19-26

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The thing that the majority of Christians struggle with is offense. People hurt you and did you wrong. Then it leads to anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.

In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells us the story of the man who had an enormous debt and could not pay it back. He was facing prison time if he didn’t pay back the debt, and his children taken as slaves. He begged for mercy and the creditor had pity for him and canceled the debt owed.

However, there was a person who owed this man (who was forgiven of much) a very small debt and had no way to pay it off. The man who was forgiven of much had no mercy on the man who owed him a small debt and had the person put in prison. When the creditor found out about this man’s hypocrisy (he was forgiven of much, but failed to forgive someone else for something of lesser debt), he was filled with wrath. He had the man put in prison and turned over to the torturers.

When we fail to forgive others, then God cannot forgive us. And we need forgiveness in order to enter into Heaven, because we as Believers miss the mark quite often and need God’s grace. There are many Christians in Outer Darkness (a section of hell) today that are there due to unforgiveness and hatred.

The torturers speak of demons tormenting people. Usually offense is the door in which demons enter people’s lives to torment them. Also, every time people view internet porn, it releases scores of hideous demons into their lives and home, and these demons wreak havoc.

Strife in the household, church or work environment is another way demons wreak havoc, and the sheep are scattered.

In the Apostle John’s writings, his three key words he uses the most often are: love, life and light. These words are interconnected. If you walk in one, you will walk in all three.

John says that if we claim to love God, yet hate our brother, then we lie and the truth is not in us. He also says that those who do not walk in love are in the darkness, and cannot inherit eternal life.

For years I struggled with offense, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness towards some family members who had abused me for around 21 years. God gave me warnings through dreams that I was in trouble and headed for Outer Darkness in hell if I died at that time.

I had to turn the pain over to the Lord, and ask Him to put love in my heart and help me to forgive. For me, it’s been a process of healing that has taken many years. When people hurt me, I tend to internalize it, and I’m learning how to let go and turn people over to the Lord.

If you have a root of bitterness in your heart, the Word says it defiles people. However, the Holy Spirit can remove all bitterness from your soul and fill you with His love and compassion. No one is worth going to hell over. Let go of the offense. If not for their sake, do it to make sure you go to Heaven someday.

Years ago I heard the true story of the pastor in Africa who had gotten in an argument with his wife one morning, and then later on that day was killed in a car crash.

He talked about how he went to hell for 2 or 3 days. He saw fellow pastors there, and was shocked because he thought they were in heaven. One was there for stealing the tithes and offerings, and embezzlement. Others were there for adultery, not walking in love, failing to teach people the whole counsel of God and for other reasons. This pastor was there for being abusive to his wife.

After he was in hell for 2 or 3 days, he was transferred to heaven, and shared how glorious it was.

Meanwhile, after he was killed his wife held on to the Scripture in Hebrews 11:35 that says that women received their dead raised to life again. She, along with others, prayed and believed that he would come back to life. His body was even partially embalmed.

Where they live, there was a Rinehard Bonnke meeting going on. They took his body to the meeting, believing that he would be raised to life. They took him in the casket to the basement while the meetings were in session. His wife and brothers in the Lord were interceding for his rising from the dead. He did come back to life. And now he shares his testimony and warns Christians, and especially pastors and leaders, of the reality of hell if you don’t walk in holiness. Pastors, teachers and leaders are held in stricter judgment than others in the Body of Christ.

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us the parable of the children of the kingdom. (The children of the kingdom are referring to Believers in Christ.) Some were cast into outer darkness and everlasting fire, while others received their reward and were granted to enter into Heaven. Jesus said that if you did it (ministered to) the least of these His brethren, you’ve done it unto Him. So therefore, there is a correlation between our works to help others, and receiving eternal life. We are not saved by works, but created UNTO good works (Ephesians 2:10).

In the parables right before this one in Matthew 25:1-30, are the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. A virgin speaks of the Body of Christ, chaste like a virgin awaiting her bridegroom. Five of them made it into heaven, and five were turned away because when the Bridegroom came, they were unprepared.

Then there is the parable of servants given talents. All of the servants, except for one, invested their talents and had more to present at the end of their lives. They heard the words from Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You were made ruler over a few things, now you will be ruler over many things.”

A talent refers to something we are capable of doing, a natural gifting God gives to us. He wants us to develop and use our gifts, and to end up at the end of our lives with even more gifts.

This one servant was given one talent, but he was afraid and buried it in the ground. When the Master came, he gave the talent back to the Master, but he had done nothing with his talent, nor had he invested it. He could of at least put it into a savings account to earn interest. This servant was called an unprofitable servant, and his talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents, plus he was cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These are strong words Jesus spoke, but they are eternal realities.

John 15 talks about abiding in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, then we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. We can live fruitful lives if we will abide in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Also, abide in the Word of God, which renews the mind, transforms the soul, fills the hungry soul, and is like medicine.

Back to the subject of love, John said in 1 John 3:14-15:

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

It’s time to take an inventory of our soul. We need to ask God to highlight to us if there is any iniquity in our lives, so that we can have an opportunity to repent of it while we still have time on this earth.

Just pray this simple prayer, and begin to seek God with all of your heart.

“Dear Father God,

I come to Your Throne in the Name of Jesus. Show me if there is sin and iniquity in my life, and give me the grace to repent of it and forsake it. I am aware of this sin in my life _______ (and tell it to God what the sin is), and I need Your help to overcome it. I want to live for You. I want to spend eternity with You and my loved ones in Heaven. I want to get right with You. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive every sin. Wash me clean by Your Blood. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me with Your love and grace, and empower me to forgive others who have hurt me. I give You my whole heart. Sweet Holy Spirit, please fill me afresh with Your Presence. I need You in my life like never before.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen”