“Who am I? “
“ Ok, I'm a Christian, a Kingdom citizen. Now what?" many query.
One of the greatest hurdles for Christians to overcome is an identity crisis. It doesn’t matter if an individual is a new believer or a veteran in the faith, the enemy of our souls attempts to distract believers from investing quality time needed to develop a new mental paradigm, a renewed mind. Apostle Paul describes the renewed mind as a “transformed,” which means transfigured in Greek. Romans 12:2
We are cognizant of our genetic code: who our parents are, our predisposition to certain physical aliments and personality traits, quirks, based on our DNA. Relatives might comment:
“You have the same temperament as your father/mother.”
“That chronic disease runs in our family.”
Merriam Webster defines condition as a state of being, a healthy state, a social position, or rank. As individuals or in familes, our conditions vary from poor to rich, healthy or unhealthy, educated or uneducated, etc. Nevertheless, as members in the family of God, we are redefined, reborn. “ Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3 NIV
Conversely, Webster defines position as the way in which a person is placed or arranged. Paul declares in II Corinthian 5:17 KJV, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” In other words, the condition of the old life, before Christ, has been washed away with the Blood of Jesus. No longer are you the drunkard, addict, abuser, thief, deceiver, murderer . . . characteristics of the carnal nature. Those old habit are washed in the abyss, no longer to return. You are now the righteousness of God in Christ. The scripture states, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” II Corinthians 5:21 NIV The position of the new believer is son or daughter of the most high God, a king/queen or priest/priestess.
However, if a person who has received Jesus Christ as Savior is not knowledgeable of his or her new position or standing in Christ, he or she will remain in the same condition or lifestyle as before which will result in feeling defeated and condemned because your spirit man has been converted despite your behavior, however, the mind and body has not. “ Awake to righteousness, and sin not for some have not the knowledge of God. . . I Corinthians 15:34
As new believers in Christ, we must expose our spirits to the new life that has been given to us by attending church/Bible class regularly, fellowshiping with other believers, scheduling a daily devotional time that includes prayer, meditation, and the study of the Word of God. These are critical, foundational elements to one’s developing as a Christian.
The Christian who is confident and walks in his or her position in Christ is a force to be reckoned with in the Kingdom of this world. He knows that he is more than a conqueror, Roman 8:37. She knows that greater is He that is in her than he that in the world, I John 4:4. He or she knows that everything they do prospers, Psalm 1:3. They are undefeated because no weapon formed against them shall prosper, Isaiah 54:17. They are assured of winning every time.