The importance of our knowing who we are in Christ, in our standing against and resisting the wiles of the enemy…

Satan is a cruel taskmaster, and he doesn’t want us to know who we really are in Christ…

The following film clip from the movie Roots (which is referenced in the devotion below) gives us a graphic illustration of the enemy’s cruelty and determination to keep us in bondage.

Satan is a liar (Jesus called him the father of liars) and he is always putting us down and holding us back.

Never let the “Turkey” define who you are!

This is who the Bible says we are, along with some of the benefits that accrue to us because of our position in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

John 1:12
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:15
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Ephesians 2:6
And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Galatians 3:26
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Philippians 3:20
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 6:17
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

1 John 5:18
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

Colossians 3:12
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Colossians 3:3
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:4
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love.

Colossians 2:10
And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Ephesians 3:12
In whom we have boldness and access with

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.

1 Corinthians 2:16
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Philippians 1:16
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:4
By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Ephesians 4:24
And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 1:5
“He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”

1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Psalms 139:14
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Romans 6:6
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Colossians 1:13
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 1:30
“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…”

1 Thessalonians 1:4
“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you…”

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 15:1
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.”

Colossians 2:7
Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Galatians 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

1 Corinthians 6:20
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Matthew 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

And remember also what Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:20,

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are all “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
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Monday, July 11
The Living Walk
by Dr Ed Young

A TIME FOR BOLDNESS

Alex Haley in Roots wrote these words:

“Through his sorrow Kunta was surprised to hear that the old gardener had been called Josephus. He wondered what the gardener’s true name had been, the name of his African forefathers, and to what tribe they had belonged. He wondered if the gardener himself had known. Most likely, he had died as he had lived, without ever learning who he really was.”

Can you think of a greater tragedy than that? To die and never really discover who you were, or for what purpose you were created?

King Solomon wrestled with that question his whole life long. “Who am I?” he wondered. “Why am I here?”

Finally, at the end of life, he gained the perspective he had sought all along.

And when he did, he shared his wisdom through a series of life-teachings we call “proverbs.”

His teachings can be summed up with one imperative, expressed in several ways.

“Be bold,” he exhorted his readers. “Live boldly, exuberantly, passionately.

Don’t just punch in… really live.”

I read a while back of a guy named S.L. Potter in LeMesa, California, who bungee jumped on his 100th birthday!

His four children, ages 68 to 74 were against it-but in spite of their reservations, S.L. climbed a 200-foot tower and flung himself off.

Do you know what his first words were when they unstrapped him from his bungee cord?

“Give me back my teeth!” No one should live more boldly than the Christian, because no one has more assurance of God’s love and leading.

Don’t live never knowing who (and whose!) you are. Live boldly!

Memory Verse

Ecclesiastes 11:1
Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.
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Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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