SALVATION CREATES JOYFUL IDENTITY
DEFINING THE CORE VALUE
What do we mean by salvation?
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13 NKJV)
He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of his beloved Son (Colossians 1:13 TPT)
Salvation at its heart is an exchange of sovereignties. It is about coming out of one rulership and being transferred into another.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Delivered from the Kingdom of darkness
Once an archangel, Satan rebelled against God’s order in order to establish a kingdom of his own. His kingdom operates on control, fear, intimidation, manipulation and lies. His value system is to kill, steel, and destroy life.
There is a prescribed route into the Kingdom: Embracing His Kingship
if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
I wonder if many Christians struggle with the Christian life is that they have come in through the Jesus is my saviour route crossing not the Jesus is my Lord route border crossing.
The Jesus is my Lord route crossing requires that we surrender and submit.
Embracing Your identity
When you become a citizen of a nation you get a national identity card. In the Kingdom of God you get given the identity of Jesus.
Your Kingdom identity is your persona. it is whom heaven says you are and whom heaven relates to.
One of the tasks of the new believer is to learn how to relate through our persona and not our personality. Our personality is who the world says you are.
It may be true that a person has a bad temper, but the TRUTH is that if they are in Christ they are a new creation. When you tell people what’s wrong with people and what you don’t like about people you’re not speaking the truth about them you’re speaking what’s true. Jesus said “I am the way the TRUTH and the light.”
It is the truth that sets you free. Speaking something that is true about someone will not set them free. It just makes them more shackled in their difficulty and their problem.
Speaking the TRUTH in love is telling someone their identity. Whenever the Lord connects with you, He connects with you how He sees you in the Spirit, not how you are behaving. He is always speaking to your identity. Accountability is not calling people out on their stuff, it is calling people up into their identity. “You don’t need to be doing that, this is who you are.”
Getting rid of shame
Romans 8:1 says:
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus
In the journey of stepping into our persona we need to let go of shame. Shame is not present in the Kingdom of God:
I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection.
I don’t believe shame is helpful or productive. In fact, I think shame is much more likely to be the source of destructive, hurtful behavior than the solution or cure. I think the fear of disconnection can make us dangerous.
Shame devices the soul.
When we sin, we automatically develop a split personality, since we will always have something to bury. Sin destroys our sense of cohesion and gives us layers in the place of inner harmony.
A major part of salvation is learning to walk in our new identity and requires that we embrace who we are from the inside out. When we try and live from the outside in, righteous living feel oppressive.
A major trap that causes the beleiver to live from the outside in is not learning to manage our hearts well. The Bible tells us that our hearts have a huge influence in how we act.
Keep your heart with all diligence,For out of it spring the issues of life.
Our hearts are the inner, inner faculty of our core being that direct our behaviours more than any other. It is the location where faith lives in the believer.
What goes on in our hearts has a huge influence on how a person acts and the decisions they make.
The Bible tells us to ignore it with peril. That’s why the Bible tells us to keep connected with our hearts.
Tremble in awe before the LORD and do not sin against Him. Be still upon your bed and search your heart before Him
The trouble is that many people live totally disconnected from their hearts and have no idea what is going on in their hearts, wondering totally confused why they are acting like they do.
When a person lives disconnected from their heart they begin to live from the outside in. They try to control their impulses through law. Trying to live righteously this way becomes like walking with a pile of books on your head, trying to walk in a way they don’t topple off.
I’d like to suggest that living righteously for the ebeliver comes from living in connection to Him and ourselves.
Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
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