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Our Identity in Christ

Date: Thu Jul 11 2013   Year: 2013   Written by Retha Mcpherson

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Our identity in Christ

Acts 17:28 “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”

It is the soul, the natural man that keeps us away from our true identity in Christ. When man sinned, his spirit man died. He who sins and keeps on sinning is no longer spiritually alive or sensitive to or able to discern the things of the Spirit. That is why Yeshua said that in order to see the Kingdom of YHVH a person must be born again. This means that “self” has to die and make room for the Holy Spirit. It works as in life – when a person dies he is quickly removed from society, from the living, and buried among st the dead in the cemetery. The dead cannot stay amongst the living. This is what Yeshua was teaching – when we are dead in our sins, we cannot live and understand the life of living in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

The Bible speaks clearly about a person dead in sin. So many Christians are dead in sin – and do not understand the things of the Spirit of YHVH.

Romans 5:12 “Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, (no one being able to stop it or to escape its power) because all men sinned.”

By nature and any individual who disobeys Yeshua’s voice is a prisoner to the law of sin and death. Self-centeredness and pride are deeply rooted in all of us,and these things blind us and become part of us – forming our character. This character is flesh, tells us of the nature of our flesh and not of the image and likeness of Yeshua – of Christ in us.

John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born Spirit is spirit.”

The Word also says that Yeshua is a life giving Spirit, that the Spirit gives life to us, and that there is life in the blood. Therefore, to be born of the Spirit is to be born of the blood of Yeshua.

Leviticus 17:11 “Because the life of the flesh is in the blood itself, and I myself have given it to you all so that atonement may be made for your souls on the altar,since the blood itself makes atonement through the life that is in it.”

When the leper Naaman came to Elisha to be healed, he was told to wash himself seven times in the Jordan River. And when he did this, he was miraculously healed of leprosy.  Likewise, he who washes himself in the blood of Yeshua shall experience the death of his old man and shall receive new life in Christ Jesus. He who dies to sin and chooses to live in the light of Christ – in righteousness – shall experience a new life.  This new life means that I live in a new way.The old has passed away and everything becomes new. It means I have left my old ways of pleasing self behind and I start focusing on Yeshua and His will –carrying the promise that we become what we gaze upon. If you gaze and focus on your soul comfort, or even your pain, you will become this.

In this new life you will receive a new awareness to live and experience life in

and through Yeshua:

·   New eyes:

Seeing people in the way Yeshua see them, not the physical , but by  the condition of their heart.

·   New ears:

Hearing God’s voice clearly, and immediately obeying to His voice.

·   New tongue:

To sing forth the praises of YHVH instead of speaking death and gossip, murmuring, slandering and backbiting. Even self-pitty – but, to thank Yeshua in everything you do.

·   New nose:

To breathe the fragrance of obedience and not the filth of compromising.

·   New hands:

To lift up holy hands, praising Yeshua. He who has clean hands can enter into the holy tabernacle of YHVH.

·    New legs:

To bring the gospel of peace to all places. To run the race of faith, not the race of self.

Being transformed into the likeness of Yeshua, is a day by day process. He asks of us holiness, to be set apart. Not many are willing to say “Lord, I will give my life to honor You, to obey You, to become like You and to carry Your likeness – all for your glory”. As we sinned we lost the glory of YHVH. So to be born again means to be begotten of Yeshua – for sons of YHVH will manifest His glory.

When we confess our sins, He forgives us and doesn’t remember our sins anymore. He buried our sins under the ocean of His love – so let’s not look at the past anymore. Let’s focus on Yeshua and behold His glory. When we become new creatures, live with the knowledge and truth that the old has passed away. We must now look at ourselves the way Yeshua looks at us – as “new“ and forgiven in Him.

In His eyes there are peace and love. There are rest – come into that place and live in now consciousness. You only have today – live life and celebrate it!

We had an amazing time in Mexico and America. I see how Yeshua is preparing His Bride the remnant to be pure and set apart. It was a very long trip, but still Aldo took it very well. We want to thank each and every person who made our trip so special for us.  Thank you for your love and hearts of love towards our family and just accepting Aldo as he is.

Aldo’s “app” is nearly finished (one or 2 more weeks before it’s available on Appstore). I am so thankful to everyone who contributed to this project. It is a huge step of faith for me, but I believe with all my heart that the seed in people’s lives will be life changing. I asked my office to create a little pamphlet so that you can share this news, and maybe send it to your kid’s school for the children to download the app. Aldo is very excited about the app, and understands that this is how Yeshua provides for him. (The pamphlet will be available on the web soon)

Thank you – thank you for your love and the body of Christ that takes hands and love like Yeshua loves. Care like Yeshua cares, serves like Yeshua serves.

ALL the glory to our King!

Retah and family

 

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