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May 21, 2022 12:00 am
Welcome to this weekend and touch podcast with Charles Stanley, the way you think. Directly affect how you behave. That's why you need to be very careful about what you allow into your mind.
Here's more in the series on how the truth can set you free widgets on the job.
Chapter 8 and we been talking about our position in Christ were talking about who we are in him as result of relationship you recall the 31st verse of John chapter 8 he says if you abide in my word, that's the condition if you abide in my word that you truly disciples of mine and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. But the truth, making us furry and liberating because of the shackles that bind those in Henderson becoming the people God wants us to be achieving the things that he wants us to achieve is our failure to abide in his word or continue to absorb it and applied throughout life. And I believe in the Scripture when he says the truth will make you free. I believe is our search the word of God and examine what he teaches and what he says who was in so many areas, there are three major truth that will set us free to become that person God wants us to be. First of all to understand what our position is in him which we have said that by God for the power of the Holy Spirit baptized in the us into Jesus Christ and put us into union with him making those one with him and that relationship now what about this matter of who we are. We said before, these the previous messages that the Bible says that we are saints has nothing to how we feel has nothing to do and how we act. That's not the issue. The issue is that we have been deemed we have been characterized as saints in the eyes of God.
Likewise, he says we are his workmanship. He's the one who has created us in Christ Jesus.
We are a new creation in him.
He is in the process of conforming is into his likeness.
He says we are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
And today I want there were three more areas of who we are in Christ Jesus. And if you turn to Ephesians chapter 1 he says beginning in verse three revision chapter 1 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly is in Christ, I listen just as he shows us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love. He predestinated us to adoption.
I want he says that you and I are chosen people, so who am I in Christ. In Christ, he says, you and I have been chosen by here's where the big hangup comes in what you listen very carefully. He didn't choose you and reject you.
He's talking about the fact of his choice, not his rejection. God is not in the habit of rejecting, rejecting, rejecting, rejecting Jesus that I am coming to the world not to condemn the world, not to reject the world, but that the world through him might be saved and so often we see God is this God of judgment up in heaven rejecting and condemning and even after we are saved and even elderly been forgiven for what happens after image of God. So program from childhood that if we divided the principal. Each is going to choke us off erase a name. The Lamb's book of life, and that's the end, but that's not the word of God that God is going to judge sin.
God is going to condemn wickedness and he's going to condemn the wicked. One of these days, but condemnation is not God's attitude toward believers. He says therefore if any man be in who in Christ Jesus. What there is no condemnation, God Almighty has made a commitment, a divine, everlasting, eternal commitment that once the Holy Spirit baptizes you in the Christ Jesus sealed you in the him and that is your position you can ever be condemned by God. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ. Do you know how God sees you he sees you what clothing the righteousness of his son Jesus. You see, it's the cross across the cross. The cross across the cross across.
It is the blood of Jesus Christ and his wife is clean. He says we been made holy, blameless and spotless before him. Because the righteousness of Christ is the robe of our life and when he looks in your life. I don't mean you condone sin. Sin grieves is habitable to tell you something.
The thing that Graves got his because he knows what sin does not he sees suffering because of sin, he sees us failing because of sin, he sees us stumbling because of sin. He sees her spending to match up to what he has provided for us to reach up to get what he has given to us so and he has agreed he's not condemning us and so he reaches down into your broken disturbed guilty hardly says, but I love you. You are endearing to me. I want the best for you, give you the matches listen to me.
But as long as I feel like I'm unworthy.
I don't deserve it. God just never will do this not to be able to tell you my friend. That's what he says if we abide in the truth if I abide in the truth if I'm saturating my mind and heart with the Scriptures if I'm absorbing the truth if I am refocusing my mind. If I am renewing my mind with the word of God and I will cease to think in error and begin to think about my life the way God sees it.
He says you've been chosen. God has given us a commission.
What I want you to see he has some very specific reasons that he chooses us in God's choice is always in the next two things I want to talk about and submit. So if you turn to Matthew chapter 5 who we are in Christ Jesus. All right. In the sermon on the Mount, if you will look beginning in verse 14 it will take the second one first and then the verse 13 but look in verse 14 and 15, 16 of us know what he says who we are.
He says you are the light of the world citizen on the hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel.
You don't have it. He says that it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven look at this.
He says you are the light of the world you recall when Jesus ascended he said his disciples.
He said he says it is expedient for you that I go away if I don't know where the comforter will not come if I go out people, and he will glorify me that all of us who receive Jesus Christ as our Savior having living within us through the Holy Spirit. He is our life. Listen Jesus Christ is our life, he that hath the son hath life. He says by the Holy Spirit.
We were baptized in the Christ. Jesus eases IN you and you and me. We have Christ living with and is therefore we have light if we have divine life we have light when he left the light left when he came back at Pentecost to indwell the believers through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The light began to shine in this world and the light of life is living and shining through the life of believers that he chose you and me for a specific reason.
One of those reasons was. He said he chose us that we may be lights in a darkened world and notice what he says the Scripture Jesus a citizen on the hill cannot be hidden is when a secret disciples.
Neither do men light a lamp or a candle and hide it in the master something where is the best place for light to demonstrate its power where in darkness. The purposeful light is the drive out what darkness he said he has redeemed us by taking us out of the kingdom of what darkness and placing us in the kingdom of what light he says he's put us in this world. He that is within us is greater than he that is in the world.
He has placed us here.
He says you and I have been made single out as the light of the world that is not what I said that's what God said that you are the light of the world.
That means you are somebody very special because God says your life is going to brighten the way for somebody who's walking in the dark.
He says you are the light of the world and put the light upon the candlestick where it can be seen, God says I've sent you in as a light into that office into that building in the schoolroom in all that your presence that will make a divine difference. We have no legitimate reason for feeling inadequate, inferior down in the mouth and worthless and insecure because God says I have chosen you and ordained you and put a circle around you and he says I have labeled you light of Jesus Christ light of the gospel light of God, light of truth. He has sinners into a darkened society that that society may be changed by our presence. It's in the 2011 is a you can look in some of his other maybe beautiful address but if there said UK terminology of the shoes you can tell there said by looking at their in fact if you cut everything else in their body except just that one little bit.
You can look it's about until there said other happy. Listen to what he say he say I have sent you with your smile and your countenance. And when you are down in the dumps. Nobody has to ask his written all of the words. Nobody has to ask.
He says since she was a light that means not only important, but the way we shine is important to listen.
Notice how he says this because here is the crux of the matter. Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they may want, they may see what say you know see your good works, that is, they are attracted by what you doing but they are attracted to whom Jesus Christ the living Lord. He says let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, but what glorify your father to listen if they're glorifying us. We've missed it somewhere. Is something wrong with Alanna and Karen the light if they glorifying us. I will tell you something, God has so made you that you know that you can have a power failure. The power is within you everlasting eternal on in the nose storm in the world can knock the power out of your life. The only thing that cannot be ignored that the power will never leave the power is always there storms are making a difference. The negative nobody can power up your yard, cut the line into those making a difference. The power is within you, but the glow of that light is diminished by sin and disobedience to God is our willful disobedience to God that diminishes the light but the light is there, and God says I had chosen you, you the light of the world.
But listen to this. Go back to verse 30. He says you are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has become tasteless. How would it be made salty again.
It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled on the part of men.
But think about something you know what he saying we Christians back up and say you know we were causing a way Sweden rocketed votes listen you and I on the divine command by Jesus Christ and you and I have been so created by God and so commission he says will like salt boxes.
Wherever we go. The flavor ought to change in our society. Listen we not disobeying God by getting involved in everything that affects society, we are obeying Almighty God. He says you to be the salt of your society.
That means change the flavor of the reason we are in the mess we're in now is because two minutes. All boxes have been closed up.
All we have lost out playing somewhere along the way and we do not see ourselves as vital citizens in a land who have been commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ label that whole society. If you work among people is on say you not to be critical of you are there to make a difference because you you may be the only software we change the flavor. Secondly, he speaks of preserving.
He said you must keep on flavoring and keep on preserving the society which are in because you see, once God takes the body of Christ out of this world. The judgment of God is coming up on this world and those who do not like our influence in those who do not want Christians around who do not want us to bear witness to not want us to testify who want to live like they choose what they do not understand is once God takes is the way they will be absent and totally annihilated by their own wickedness so that living in blindness and living in darkness and so those of us who are the light stepfather to shine forth and radiate the truth of the gospel is important here for a healthy put us here to change our society. Likewise, he said salt heals. And let's face it we living in a sick world and there's only one message that brings healing eternal healing and that is the message of the cross of Jesus Christ that God the father looking down the soul and believing wicked, vile, helpless and desperate hurting world sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, that you and I may be forgiven. Part reconciled, redeemed, justified, glorify, that we may be given the capacity to become everything God wants us to become I think about this for moment insecure in adequate inferior. Think about this. He chose you. He chose you. He said you the light of the world. He said you are the salt of their he's called your St. his workmanship, the temple of God, God Almighty sees us in the most beautiful light and my friend.
I'm simply saying this to you when you and I began to see ourselves as God sees this not only of the shackles that hinder you going to be dropping off but there's going to become a delight and a joy and a power to become what are the present moment you're unwilling to believe God for I told you what God says about every one of his children chosen on the basis of pure love sin until world to shine weather so much darkness.
Sin until world to flavor preserve and heal for the so much hurt, anxiety and frustration.
This can you think of a legitimate reason today for feeling insecure when you've been wrapped up and down determine the person of Jesus Christ inadequate when you have the Holy Spirit living within you to empower you to fulfill every obligation God has placed upon us fulfilling the obligation to his verso and reason to feel inferior. When God says you want to chose you. The light of the world in the salt of the earth. The only way to have a box full of salt is that all the grains be little grains of salt. Here's has Satan traps us, he says, but what can one a low person like you'd that's not the question here's the question what can one person reconciled on the God redeemed forgiven justified glorify whose become a saint. God's working in his and her life sons of God living in the kingdom in 12 for the Holy Spirit empowered by chosen by him predestinated by commissioned by him the power to flavor a society to drive out the darkness to change men's lives. That's the question in the Bible says that every single one of us is that my friend shake off the insecurity and Atticus Shea called in for our worthlessness. The feeling of being so totally immersed in past programming that has negated all the parts of things, not just get by latching on the truth of what God says you are that his unit, you just need to step out of it simple to a higher plane that God has for every one of us who is willing to believe, listen to is just willing to believe what he said about us.
You can never be the same once you believe what Johnson about because of your relationship to him.
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