Identified in Christ

Description

As Christians, our lifestyles should indicate that we are part of the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4

Christians are to live in righteousness and holiness, worthy of their calling in Christ.

INSIGHT

On the basis of who we are in Christ-redeemed, inheritors with Christ, adopted into God's family, and destined to spend eternity with Him - we are to live a lifestyle that reflects our identity. We are no longer to live as we did before we knew the Lord—or as those who do not know Him. By putting on the "new man" we will preserve the unity of the Spirit and show the world that Christ is real. He makes a difference in the life that is dedicated to Him.

PRAYER

Praise the Lord that He is molding you into His image:

Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous (Psalm 112:1-4).

Pause for praise and thanksgiving.

Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness (Psalm 101:2-4).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain...
You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever (Psalm 104:1-2, 5).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
  • Unsaved friends and co-workers

Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:

Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the loving kindness of the Lord (Psalm 107:43).

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