Aligning Our Behavior with Our Position In Christ

I don’t go to church because people in the church act worse than people who don’t go to church. I can’t believe they’re acting like that and they call themselves a Christian. We hear this a lot. What this all means is that our practice, our behavior, doesn’t match our position in Christ. We should become who we already are in Christ. So, what is our position? Our position, our legal status, is holy. That we are forever secured by our faith in Christ. 1Peter 1:5KJV, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. We are kept by God. We are kept by the power and faithfulness of God.

Let’s review our position in Christ. God calls us saints. I Cor. 1:2 NLT I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. We have a new life in Christ, 2Cor. 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. We have been predestined, Ephesians 1:5 KJV Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Christ Jesus to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, within he hath made us accepted in the beloved. So, the word confirms it, God had a purpose for us ahead of time that he would adopt us. Next, we are redeemed, Eph. 1:7 NIV, In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. We’re not done yet, he has sealed us, Eph. 1:13-14KJV, In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. In other words, you have heard and believed the gospel and are saved because of it and sealed with the Holy Spirit. This is our position as believers, we belong to God. Praise God for our position!!

You may be asking how do I get my behavior and position to align with one another? There must be spiritual growth in order to demonstrate a behavior that matches your position in Christ. Supporting other saints, encouraging them and feeding your Spirit the word of God. Therefore, your spiritual growth will be evident by your behavior. You will display the Fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. We will obey the word of God, Luke 11:28 KJV – But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. And John 14:15 KJV, If you love me keep my commandments. And reading the word of God, as stated in 2Tim. 2:15 KJV, reads as this, Study to shew thyself approved by God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God. We have also, 2Tim 3:16 KJV, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. We are to love others, 1John 4:11KJV, Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. Lastly, confessing your sins, 1John 1:9-10 KJV, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

We are part of the kingdom and our position in Christ is because of God’s grace. We can live our position, only if our behavior aligns with our position. Paul talks about our personal behavior in Ephesians 4-6 KJV. Take time to read all of Ephesians. Start today, aligning your behavior to match your position in Christ by leading with love, humility, and patience.

Be Blessed

Remembering Rahab

If you are in the word of God then you know about Rahab, she was known as a harlot. And if your reputation, like Rahab’s hasn’t been the best, don’t fret, because our God can turn it around for your good.

Let me set this up for you, Moses has died and Joshua is to lead the Israelites into the promise land. And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there. This is interesting in and of itself because Rahab is a Canaanite and the Canaanites are one of seven enemy nations of Israel. Joshua 2:1 KJV

Deut. 7:1-2 KJV When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. So, you may be asking yourself why Rahab? But try asking yourself this instead, why not Rahab?

Word gets back to the king of Jericho about the spies and he sends for them. Rahab hides the men. Joshua 2:6 KJV But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. The next words from Rahab will let you know her heart and her personal belief in God. Joshua 2: 9-11 KJV And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Rahab said she knew and heard about the things the Lord had done believing and confessing it with her own mouth. SHE REVERENCE THE LORD!!

It gets better, Rehab asked that her family be saved when they conquer Jericho. She didn’t think only about herself, she said save her family. Joshua 2: 13 KJV And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And this was their response, Joshua 2:14 KJV And the men answered her, Our life for yours, If ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. Rahab thinking of others, again is all in to help these two spies, that she helps them hide for a second time. Joshua 2:16 KJV, And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.

We tend to talk about Rahab being a harlot, but she is much more that that she is strong, courageous, kind, and not scared to acknowledge who God is…for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above and in the earth beneath. That was worth repeating Amen.

In Joshua 6:20 KJV, After the trumpets blew and the people shouted the Jericho wall fell down and they destroyed the city. And the spies kept their word. Joshua 6: 25 KJV, And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. We also find out more about Rahab in the New Testament. She was a part of Jesus’ bloodline Matthew 1:5 KJV. She had faith as written in Hebrews 11:31 KJV and she was justified by works in James 2:25 KJV.

This is a little side note concerning Paul and James’ and their perception of faith and works. Paul believed salvation is by faith alone. James is saying that genuine faith in Christ will produce a changed life and good works. True faith produces good works, that is, acts of obedience and it is perfected by the grace of God working in the believer.

As you can see God doesn’t look at us the way we look at each other. Remembering Rahab and how God can use anyone he chooses and that includes you. We all have a past and have not made the wisest choices at some point or another, but God can change it ALL. He loves you and wants to use you.

God Is Intentional

God is intentional. His word is truth and throughout the Bible God has made clear what his plans are for us. How we should live and what will happen when we disobey him. God being intentional also reveals that he is an expert in details. Here are some of those times in the Bible when God’s intentions were explicit:

  1. Explaining to Noah how to build the ark – Genesis 6:13-16

  2. That Solomon would build the temple – 1 Kings 5:2-5

  3. How to build the temple – 1Kings 6:1-38

  4. Obeying his commandments – Exodus 20:1-17

  5. The Jericho wall, how many times to march around and sound the trumpets – Joshua 6:1-5

  6. The birth of Jesus – Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-23

  7. The plans he has for us – Jeremiah 29-11

These are just some of the extraordinary things that God was specific about in his intentions. God tells the who, when, where, and how things shall come to pass. And this should be our goal to be intentional about living a Christ centered life, allowing the spirit of God to always lead us. Remember his intentions are for us to live in eternity with him. Be intentional in your speech and actions. Be intentional with your worship and praise. Be intentional about your relationship with God. Be intentional about telling others about the goodness of the Lord. Be intentional about helping others. Be intentional in your marriage. Displaying the fruit of the spirit and being holy should forever be intentional. We should be intentional about all things concerning the Lord and reminding ourselves that it is not about us.

Think about Paul, who once persecuted believers and then became very intentional about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ after his conversion on the road to Damascus. And Jesus was also very intentional, he said he was about his Father’s business in Luke 2:49 and what I know for sure is that Jesus was very intentional in his actions when it came to his Father…it was all about obedience.

God was intentional about our identity, he said we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood in 1Peter 2:9. You never have to doubt that God loves you and he doesn’t want you to fail. He gave us the word, His word, His son, and His grace. Go out each and every day and live intentionally as one that has been chosen by God.