Living By Faith


And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (John 5:11-12)


“A man in Christ is a new kind of man—a new breed or species that never existed before!” – Mark Hankins


The Greek word translated “new” means “unheard of before.” It means new in quality or kind. A man in Christ is a new kind of man, a new breed, or species that never existed before. You are not just a forgiven sinner; you are a new creation with a new kind of life. A man in Christ is a partaker of the life and nature of God.

James Stewart put it this way, “This life which flows from God into man is something totally different from anything experienced on the natural plane. It is supernatural life. It makes man a new creation. It is not the intensification of powers already possessed, but the sudden emergence of an entirely new and original element.”


Confession: God has given me eternal life. I am not just a forgiven sinner, but a new creation with a new kind of life!

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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)


“What Jesus did in His death, burial, and resurrection changed all of heaven and earth—seen and unseen!” – Mark Hankins


Jesus did not go through the agony of the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection just to help us a little bit. What Jesus did in His death, burial and resurrection, changed all of heaven and earth — seen and unseen!

The world is constantly fantasizing about Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Hercules, the Bionic Woman, the Six Million Dollar Man, Jedi Knights, and the Incredible Hulk. Each of these individuals is an amazing specimen among us.  Many stories have been told, but God has produced the real thing — the most amazing specimen of all. He has created a man in Christ. This is no man- made fantasy.  God has made a new creature that is a sign and a wonder in this world!

As we feed on the Word, we partake of the same power that fueled these world-changing events two thousand years ago. A man in Christ is a world-changing man!


Confession: I am a world-changing man. I am a man in Christ. Jesus is Lord in my life!

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:10)


“Put off the old man, with his old ways of thinking, old actions, and old attitudes.” – Mark Hankins


Paul used these “in Christ” scriptures in Ephesians and Colossians to tell you what God has done for you in Christ. Begin to acknowledge these scriptures where Paul talked about who you are and what you have in Christ.

  • In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7)
  • And you hath he quickened. (Ephesians 2:1)
  • And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6)
  • In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him. (Colossians 2:9-10)
  • For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)


Confession: I have a new identity. In Christ, I have redemption through His blood. In Christ I am complete!

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My prayer is that your fellowship with us in our common faith may deepen the understanding of all the blessings that our union with Christ brings us. (Philemon 6 | New English Bible)


“We cannot do anything without Him, but in Him, we can do anything!” – Mark Hankins


What you are acknowledging must center around four main areas:

  1. What God has done for you in Christ Jesus in the plan of redemption.
  2. Who you are now and what you have now in Christ.
  3. What God can do through you by the Word and the Holy Spirit.
  4. What Jesus is doing for you now at the right hand of God.


Confession: I am putting off the old man, and I am putting on the new man with new clothes and new righteousness. In Him, I am redeemed. In Him, I am holy. In Him, I am strong. In Him, I am righteous now. The anointing is in me. I am putting on the new man with new behavior. I am walking in Christ. I live in Christ. I make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. I put on the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:3,6)


“You must take your place in Christ and hold yourself there!” – Mark Hankins


You have been accepted in the beloved, so you do not need to live with a sense of rejection all the time, feeling like you do not quite measure up. You have been accepted in the beloved, and you are in Christ. God accepts you, and He loves you.

All the promises of God in Him are yes and amen to the glory of God by us! What God has done in your life will bring glory to God. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. People will say, “Who do you think you are? You think you can act like Christ?” You say, “Exactly. He lives in me, and I am putting Him on.”

It does not happen overnight. It is a process that matures daily. You put Him on, and it begins to affect every area of your life. What you used to be just disappears!


Confession: The person I used to be does not exist anymore. I am a brand-new person. Christ lives in me!

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