5 Minute Friday: Risk

Time to tune in to 5 Minute Friday, with The Gypsy Mama. Every Friday readers write for 5 minutes about a chosen topic, but they are not allowed to edit their work, back track or over think it. Today’s topic is Risk, so here are my 5 unedited minutes:

RISK

Go:

Every time I sit down to write, I venture into this world of risk. Although it might not threaten anyone’s safety, it does sometimes frighten me to consider the amount of eyes that will be reading what comes from the depths of my heart. Blogging is giving of oneself – offering up your heart and serving it on a platter. Will the readers like what they read? Will it touch their hearts – or will they turn up their noses in disgust?

As mentioned in a previous post – being yourself and being real no matter what you do will ultimately bless someone around you. Even if it is just one reader every month, it is a risk I am willing to take. To open yourself and let God move through you is scary – but the rewards are greater than the human mind can comprehend. 

One man (you) can sow, but it is God who will provide the harvest. Step out and give yourself (and the gift that is within you) freely and fully. Risk it, and see what God can do through one person. 

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]…” Ep 3:20

Stop.

5 Minute Friday: Identity

I recently came across a lovely inspiring blog – The Gypsy Mama. Lisa Joe’s words have been tremendously encouraging to me, especially as a new mom in a new world. Every Friday readers write for 5 minutes about a chosen topic, but they are not allowed to edit their work, back track or over think it. Today’s topic is Identity, so here is my 5 unedited minutes:

IDENTITY:

Go:

My identity is not determined by my performance. I am a child of God – this does not change if my actions are not perfect. He died for me on the cross in order to make me righteous – this does not change if I don’t live holy enough. Through His death my old nature has been buried and I am now a new creation – alive in Him.

This means that my old nature does not exist any more. It has been buried. Covered completely by His blood. It cannot be dug up or brought into remembrance by anyone. Never think God will remind you of your past – it simply does not exist the moment you believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. I am brand new. Every second of every day is a fresh start – in His eyes I am righteous, holy and blameless.

Your true identity can only be found in Him. You are hidden with Christ in God. You will never be truly satisfied in the world without Him, and no matter how hard you search – your identity can never be found apart from Him. When you believe, you are forever ingrained in Him. A part of His divine nature. Once again – a new creation. If you spend your time caught up in His embrace you will experience live in abundance. Your identity will come forth naturally as you live and breathe in His presence. It cannot be made up, it cannot be changed, it cannot be faked. You are born of incorruptible seed.

Stop.

God’s power in you

In the previous posts we spoke about your identity as a son of God. Your new nature does not resemble a timid slave, but rather an heir of God through Christ. Your entire nature changes when you become a son of God, so you now possess the authority to speak and change situations in life. There are quite a few other verses testifying to God’s power which is now in you, working through you:

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control” 2 Tim 1:7

“However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.” 2 Cor 4:7

There is no way you can produce power out of your own effort. It is, once again, realizing what Jesus accomplished on the cross which will enable God’s power to work through you. Realize that He now dwells within you, and makes His power available through you in order to touch people’s lives and demonstrate His goodness to the world.

Don’t forget who you are (3)

In the previous two posts we spoke about our positions as sons of God, not slaves of God.  Being sons of God, it follows that we are heirs of God. This means we will never lack any beneficial thing. Today I want to speak a little about your new natures as sons of God.

Firstly the Word tells us that we become a new creation the moment we believe in Jesus:

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17

Our natures change completely once we are born again. We become sons of God. The essence of a human runs through the veins of a newborn baby. The essence of God’s spirit runs through the veins of a newborn Christian. We now possess the authority and the power to speak life into dead situations. We can change events with what we say.  The same spirit which raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us (Rom 8:11), meaning we can now do the works that Christ did, and even greater works (John 14:12)!

Jesus raised people from the dead, miraculously fed hungry mouths, calmed storms, walked on water and many more incredible things! This is now our new identity – no threatening circumstances should intimidate us anymore!

Don’t forget who you are (2)

In the previous post I spoke about your new identity being one of a son, not one of a slave. The last quoted verse was Galatians 4:7:

“…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.”

As a son of God, you are an heir of God through your faith in Jesus. Everything on earth – all the riches and treasures – belongs to God.

“For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s and everything that is in it.” 1 Cor 10:26

That means, as a son and an heir of God, you will never lack anything. All the riches and the treasures on earth are your inheritance through Christ. These don’t only include spiritual blessings (like healing, deliverance and freedom) but physical blessings as well. God wants us to prosper in all aspects of life!

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” 3 John 1:2

If you are a millionaire your son won’t walk around barefoot in the middle of winter… How much more surely will God bless you, if He owns the earth and everything on it?