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Most people ask the same question, What’s the deal with Christians? They talk about living this extraordinarily blessed and victorious life but in the meantime, life happens. Dallas Willard asks it this way, “If I am then why aren’t I?” If I am redeemed, if I am victorious, If I am blessed if I am a member of heaven, then why aren’t I experiencing that? Why aren’t I walking in victory, why aren’t I more of a conqueror? Some examples in scripture are John 1:12 says I am God’s child. John 15 says I am Christ friend. I have been justified says Romans 5:1. Ephesians 1:1 says that I am a saint. V. 5 says That I have been adopted as God’s child. Ephesians 2:18 says that I have access to God through the Holy Spirit. That I’ve been redeemed and forgiven and that I am complete in Christ according to Colossians 2:10. Colossians 3:3 says that I am hidden with Christ in God. Philippians 1:6 says that I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected. I don’t feel like I’m God’s child, or that I’m Christ’s friend or that I’ve been justified or I am complete, or I assured that all things work together for good for those that love Him. I don’t feel like that everyday. I don’t want to open up the pity party here but there are some real things going on in some of your lives right now That you need to feel that you are indeed some of these things that God says about you. I get it.
Hebrews 4:16 tells me that I can find grace and mercy in time of need. And right now for some of you this is the time of need. Lord we need to find your mercy because this is our time of need. We need to find grace. We need to be assured that in your word that 1 John 5:18 is true about us where it says I am born of God, the evil one cannot touch me. We need to feel and experience those things to be true in our lives today. John 15:16 says that I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
If I am then why aren’t I? You see the issue with this question, that it implies that I need to see some things in order for it to be true. See the actual problem is our definition of truth. Scripture, God’s word, the Bible, it is God-breathed. There are some things that you’ve experienced, where you don’t feel like God’s word is true.
Have you ever seen the picture where this little kitten is looking into the mirror? The image in the mirror is a great, majestic lion. You see, that little kitten sees itself as a beast of a lion. God is trying to tell us through Scripture that you are a beast of a lion in The Heavenly realms. That is how He created you. That doesn’t change our situation, or does it? The way I approach situations will completely change when I walk into that situation as a lion. How many of you know that it will be a completely different situation if I walk into that as a kitten? You’re made to be a lion. Approach today as though you are. Because that is what faith is.