7/20/16 No Longer the Same
“Why do you return to the refuse of your past life? Why do you dwell among the ruins, when I have called you to soar in the high places with Me? You have been recreated because of your commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your life. You are now His. Everything about you has been conformed to dwell with Him. Nothing from your old nature is allowed where He is. It is time for you to realize who you really are in Christ, not so that you become proud as some do; but because others need to know the wonders of the cross. How can you tell them if you have a limited understanding yourself? Come to Me now. I will show you who you have become because of Jesus.”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 AMP
26) A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27) And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.
I Cor. 15:50 NIV
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
II Corinthians 5:17 NIV
...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Ephesians 1:17-19a NIV
17) I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better.
18) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19a) and his incomparably great power for us who believe…
Satan has deceived the world and most of the church of Jesus Christ into participating in a competition of religions, mainly by introducing the concept that all religions are the same and lead to the same conclusion. That is his playing field to try to nullify the power of the cross.
God destroyed all argument and created His own playing field when Jesus overcame death. No religion brings the dead to life. No religion changes the complete nature of its followers. They may take on a spirit, but that is simply an attachment to their old nature. Only Jesus changes everything in people when they surrender to Him. He removed all arguments, defeated all contentions, and set us - His very own - far apart from all others.
If you are truly the Lord’s property, you are not the same as those who are not His. That must not be a source of pride, but it is a fact. It’s time that we walked in the truth we’ve been given and glorify the One who has changed us. He is Jesus. There is no other like Him, for He is the Lord of everything in heaven and on earth. We are now formed to be able to abide in Him and present the same opportunity to others.
Thank You for making me new, Lord,