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Growing In Grace…Every Day

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I’ve been in one of the most exciting seasons of my life this past month, spiritually speaking. This is really starting to sink in for me which proves that we are all always growing in grace. I wrote this out recently and have now attached scripture references to it for you because I like you! Have fun with this Bible study!

We are brand new creations in Christ because of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (TPT)

Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.

 

Colossians 2:9-10 (TPT)

For he is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. 10 And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe!

 

We are one with God because of what Jesus did for us

Romans 6:3-5 (TPT)

Or have you forgotten that all of us who were immersed into union with Jesus, the Anointed One, were immersed into union with his death?

Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co-buried and entombed with him, so that when the Father’s glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life. For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts.

 

What’s true about Jesus is true about us. As Jesus is so are we in this world.

I John 4:17b (TPT)

All that Jesus now is, so are we in this world.

 

Our old sinful nature, old identity, was co-crucified & co-buried with Christ and our brand new nature, our new identity, was co-resurrected with Christ! 

Galatians 2:20 (TPT)

“My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!

 

Colossians 3:1 (TPT)

Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority!

 

1 Corinthians 1:30  (TPT)

For it is not from man that we draw our life but from God as we are being joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. And now he is our God-given wisdom, our virtue, our holiness, and our redemption.

 

Now we get to decide every moment of every day if we are going to identify with our new nature/our new identity in Christ or our old nature/our former identity

Romans 6:1-14  (TPT)

The Triumph of Grace over Sin

6 So what do we do, then? Do we persist in sin so that God’s kindness and grace will increase? What a terrible thought! We have died to sin once and for all, as a dead man passes away from this life. So how could we live under sin’s rule a moment longer? Or have you forgotten that all of us who were immersed into union with Jesus, the Anointed One, were immersed into union with his death?

Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co-buried and entombed with him, so that when the Father’s glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life. For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts.

Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.

Obviously, a dead person is incapable of sinning. And if we were co-crucified with the Anointed One, we know that we will also share in the fullness of his life. And we know that since the Anointed One has been raised from the dead to die no more, his resurrection life has vanquished death and its power over him is finished. 10 For by his sacrifice he died to sin’s power once and for all, but he now lives continuously for the Father’s pleasure. 11 So let it be the same way with you! Since you are now joined with him, you must continually view yourselves as dead and unresponsive to sin’s appeal while living daily for God’s pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One.

Sin’s Reign Is Over

12 Sin is a dethroned monarch; so you must no longer give it an opportunity to rule over your life, controlling how you live and compelling you to obey its desires and cravings. 13 So then, refuse to answer its call to surrender your body as a tool for wickedness. Instead, passionately answer God’s call to keep yielding your body to him as one who has now experienced resurrection life! You live now for his pleasure, ready to be used for his noble purpose. 14 Remember this: sin will not conquer you, for God already has! You are not governed by law but governed by the reign of the grace of God.

 

As we choose to come into agreement with what God says about us and embrace His good opinion about who we are in Jesus the Holy Spirit will manifest the fruit of that in our lives

Romans 12:2 (TPT)

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

But we don’t even have to try to believe in our own strength. As we ask God to help us – to create in us the power and desire to do His will – the Spirit inside of us empowers us to believe!!!! 

Philippians 2:13 (AMPC)

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

 

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

 

Two Speaking Engagements Coming UP!

I’ll be speaking in Georgetown, Kentucky on Sunday, August 16th at Grace Point Church. If for no other reason, I encourage you to visit Grace Point Church to experience the amazing grace-based culture of that church, the loving pastors, Jerimiah & Stacey Johnson and the wonderful people who attend there. I’m excited for this opportunity to meet you and set your eyes on Jesus as I speak about the Person of Grace! (click on the link above for all the info)

I’ll be speaking along with my friends at a Women of Grace conference in Bolingbrook, IL on September 6 & 7. Click on this link if you want to know the specific reasons why I believe you would enjoy attending a Women of Grace conference in Bolingbrook, IL.

Sandra McCollom

 

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Alexandra
Alexandra

The first third of your Bible study is already mind-blowing.. I need to meditate on this and thank Thank Thank God for Jesus and His finished work.

And what a delight to read this translation of the Bible !

G. Myrie
G. Myrie

I love, love, love it!

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