Sunday, November 22, 2009

Servants was crazy good.
Not just worshiping together with so many of my brothers and sisters who are all so loved in Christ, but from the sermons and seminar having Godly men speak truth into me is SO wonderful.
From the worship to sermons to prayer, everything just makes me hungry for MORE! i am so unsatisfied in my current condition and there's this burning desire and need to know Him MORE and MORE and MORE!!
i feel so impatient and i keep thinking and asking Him how long it would take, when can i become like the Godly men and women i met here???
i want to see with the eyes of Jesus. Love people and know that we are all weak and it is what is behind them that causes them to sin.

but i think the single most important thing i learned here is my identity in Christ.
it's such a fundamental thing but so many Christians don't know it.
and the thing is power and authority in Christ stems from our confidence that Christ has made us into new creations.
we fail to realize how much more powerful God is than satan. Like what JM said, we often think that there's a great battle between God and satan but in the Bible we see that it's not God or even the arch-angel Michael who throws satan into hell but some nameless angel. Meaning that he is just on the same level as all the other angels and God is INFINITELY greater and more powerful than this fallen angel.
That's why God tells us again and again in scripture "Do not be afraid" because when you stand firm in your identity in Christ, you will have the authority and power given to you by Christ to bound others in by the blood of Jesus Christ and set them free from any rein that satan may have over them. The earth and everything in it is Yours. The one whom all authority has been given is with you, there is no need to be afraid.
He loves us with a burning, burning love. Even though I'm hungry to know Him, His desire for me to know Him is so much more than what I want.

"The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time." -Tim Keller

“If we’re not completely convinced that His love is ours, right now, fully and unalterably ours, we will always hide in the shadows, be focused on our performance, fearing His wrath….We are, each one, more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, but more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope. " -Elyse Fitzpatrick

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

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