Is your perception a lie?
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For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Is the real you the natural, nothing added, plain, vanilla, imperfect, undone, unevenly colored, disheveled, blotchy, exposed, blemished, marked, no makeup, wake up version?
Our perception is not always reality. As Christians, we mostly identify with only half of the truth. I am a sinner. I am barely but thankfully accepted by the grace of God, and then we don’t ever seem to move from that place out of fear of getting over into pride. In fact, we honor and praise those who think it is pridefully presumptuous to think or desire anything more than that place of weakness and barely making it. Less of me and more of Him has become a challenge in how far away from the perfection of Christ we can get, as if that is the high mark of true humility. But that is only the beginning frame in the movie of our evolution.
Is our identification with who we are a passive aggressive attempt at recognition, and therefore rooted in pride?
If we cannot immediately answer yes to that question, then chances are it is a true statement and we cannot bring ourselves to answer it because of how it will make us look. And if that is the case, then we are clearly in pride.
It is a praiseworthy trait in Christianity to appear humble, and we wear that humility as a badge of honor. Somehow we gloss over how manipulative and prideful that really is.
The truth is that from the very beginning God desired for us to achieve Christ-likeness, to be congruent with His image. He predestined that everyone would have the opportunity to achieve that. He called us to that. He justified us, meaning He set us apart specifically for that end. And then He glorified us. Christ in us is the glory of the Lord. When we Abide in Christ we walk in the glorification He gave to us. As sanctified(set apart) children of God, we have become perfected once and for all. If we are sanctified, and we are, then we are perfected forever! This is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The reason it is prideful to identify with anything else, is because this is who God made us to be IF we are in Christ. To tell Him, ourselves, or anyone else that we are not yet what He predestined us to be, called us to be, set us apart to be, is rebellion and rejection of Him. IF we are IN Christ, we ARE the things He says we are whether we feel or think we are yet. We cannot be anything else. If we try to be anything else, it is rebellion, which is at the root, pride. IF we are NOT in Christ, then we can identify with that place that is far away from the perfection of Christ. But you are not.
IF we are in Christ, then we are to live in protest to the place that is far away from the perfection of Christ. We are to rightfully engage the perception of who the word says we are, not the perception of who we believe we have become at this place in our evolution towards Christ-likeness. It is the ultimate expression of humility and Faith to bow our recognition seeking pride and obey the word with respect to who it says we are. Our thoughts, words, and deeds must express in a radical way what the word says we are. It is truth, obedience, faith, and therefore humble, to say I was once a sinner but now I am perfected in Christ, whether practically you have aligned every thought, word, and deed. You will align every thought, word, and deed to what the word says faster if you practice identifying with that truth. Do you see that? God set it up so that we can be who He says we are and by doing that, by professing who we are, by acting like who we are, by expressing who the word says we are, we actually become that very thing.
Do you want to see what NOT identifying with Christ in this way has done to the name of Jesus? Go to Google and type in this phrase: why are Christians so and see what Google’s predictive modeling technology tries to fill in the blank with based on what searches and content people have created.
We must passionately come into alignment with who God says we are. Do you see that doing so is the essence of faith? Despite the seemingly very real understanding that our thoughts, words, and actions are not yet truly perfected in Christ, when we step out in thought, words, and deeds as though we are, believing, accepting, and professing that we are…….we are walking in Faith! We are pleasing to God when we exercise faith to be in the place He created us to be.
It is a lie from the devil to identify with anything less, it is a purpose driven lie to keep us from walking in faith and becoming who we are supposed to be. Our current perception of humility is a lie from the devil to keep us from really entering into who we are IN Christ; huh, who would of ever thought……
Abide in Christ by humbly acting as though you are the perfected child of God that you are!