Living By Faith

SHAME-FREE LIVING

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 10:11)

 

“Since we are free from the motivating power of shame, we are now under a new motivating power of righteousness.” – Mark Hankins

 

It is especially interesting that professional psychiatrists recognize the power and influence of shame in shaping people today. It drives human behavior. Many have misdiagnosed their own problems and conditions. This has caused many to try to fix their behavior with more and more doses of shame and guilt.  Instead of curing the problem, shame perpetuates the problem.

The cure is at the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus took our condition and we were engrafted into Him.  Now, God sees us In Christ.  We must consistently see ourselves in the light of the death, burial, and resurrection. We reign in life through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness through one man, Jesus Christ.

 

Confession:  I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I reign in life through one man, Jesus Christ. “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

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THE ENGRAFTING PROCESS

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

 

“There is no “grafting” without wounding.” – Mark Hankins

 

I live in an area where there are a lot of plant nurseries. One thing I have learned from the nurseries is the engrafting process. To “graft” means to insert (a shoot from one plant) into another living plant so that the two grow together as a single plant. The stock of the plant must be cut with the same identical wound as the branch for the two to grow together. Then you must put that branch inside of the open wound of the plant and wrap them together and they will become one.

The grafting process is a picture of exactly what happened on the cross. Jesus was wounded with our identical condition and we were placed In Him. We are new creatures In Christ. We have the same righteousness as Jesus Christ Himself. God would not make an unrighteous new creature. He took our shame that we may live without guilt. We can now face life confident that we are qualified for God’s best blessings.

 

Confessions: I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus took my shame so that I could live without guilt. I am now confident that I qualify for God’s best blessings!

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ENGRAFTED INTO CHRIST

Therefore if any person is [ENGRAFTED] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold the fresh and new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 | AMP)

 

“Jesus took our guilt, shame, sin, death, and curse so that we could be free.” – Mark Hankins

 

The two words In Christ are the most important words used by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. These words are the key to opening the secrets of the Gospel. A. J. Gordon said it this way, “These two words, ‘In Christ’ give us profound insight into the Divine method of salvation. These two words open to us mysteries and secrets that were hidden for ages and generations.”  We have been “In Christ-ed.”  There are over one hundred thirty scriptures that use the phrases “In Christ, In Him, and In Whom.” What do these phrases mean?

We have been engrafted into Christ. He is the vine and we are the branches. We were engrafted into His death that we might be one with His resurrection and victory. He was made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

 

Confession: I have been engrafted into Christ! I am a new creation. I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION

…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

 

“Many Christians are weak though they are sincere because they have never dared to make a bold confession of who they are in Christ.” – E.W. Kenyon

 

Have you ever checked in for a flight and been asked for proof of identification?  You can say, “Here I am.  Can’t you see — this is me? I can prove that I exist. Just look.”  That is not enough. You have to have some authentic legal proof of identification.

Identification is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as, “to consider or treat as the same, the condition or fact of being, the same in all qualities under consideration.”

Many people live and die and never find their true identity. In the realm of the Spirit you say, “Well, here I am. Obviously, I am who I am.” God will ask, “Do you have any identification on you?” You say, “I sure do, I have some identification right here in Galatians 2:20– I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me.” Your true identity is found in Christ!

 

Confession:  I have found my true identity in Christ. “Now it is not my old self, but Christ Himself who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20 | Noli)

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JESUS IN YOUR JERSEY

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

 

“We look a lot better in Christ than we do outside of Him.” – Mark Hankins

 

If you have ever watched a football game on TV, you might have heard the announcers giving a commentary about the game. Let’s say they were talking about a particular player, say number 65 (my number in high school) that is being pounded by the other team.

Then the coach says, “I’ve got a plan.” He pulls number 65 out and replaces him with the strongest man on the team.

That’s what God did for us when He sent Jesus to die in our place. God put Jesus in number 65’s (mankind’s) jersey. Number 65 was then put back on the field, and the whole picture changed. The announcer then would say, “You know, something has happened to number 65. He’s moving the ball all over the field now.”

Before man was identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, he had been whipped all over by depression, discouragement, fear, failure, shame, and guilt. But now, number 65 is winning and he’s dominating!

 

Confession: I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)

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