"Oh, I am just an old sinner saved by Grace."
How many times have you made that statement? How many times have you heard someone else say it?
Many Christians really think and believe that statement is true. Otherwise, they would not say it. To those people who speak it out, it becomes true for them. It becomes their reality.
God's word says, "But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them." (Matthew 15:18, NIV)
In Proverbs, God tells us "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7a, NKJV) By applying this word here, you can know the meaning of this scripture reference. In other words...if you think that you are just a sinner saved by Grace, you will behave that way. You will act as if you are still an old sinner.
Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart and into your life, you are a new person. The old has passed away. The new has come now. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Your identity has been changed with your re-birth. As a new creation in Christ Jesus, you are a Saint of God. Receive it! Hear it! Speak it! You are a Saint! (Ephesians 1:18, NKJV)
Therefore, please renew your mind on God's word. (Romans 12:2) Accept your new identity in Christ Jesus! You are a Saint of God! (Ephesians 4:12, NKJV) Keep speaking it and hearing it until it sinks deep down into your spirit. (Romans 10:17) Allow God's word and His Spirit to change you...your mind, your thoughts, your speech, your heart, and eventually your actions.
When you do so, you will then think and believe that this statement is true. “I am a Saint of God!” (Ephesians 3:18, NKJV)
Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.