by Wendy Backlund
"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17).
For the most part, our minds have been trained to view life from the perspective of our past as mere mortals. It is up to us to train our brains to see life from the perspective of the spirit and to view ourselves as resurrected beings.
We obtain eternal life when we have faith in Christ and His resurrection. But we have a transformed life when we have faith in our resurrected life.
I am passionate about becoming more aware of the things of the spirit and recognizing that I am more spirit than flesh. Romans 12:2 says that we are transformed by renewing our minds. This means that to be transformed into the fullness of our new creation, we must have new belief systems. We learn to base our new identity on the Word of God, not past experience that was gained from this natural realm.
If we want to become empowered to live out our destiny, we will need confidence, boldness, and courage. These traits do not come from what we have done, but they come from what we believe we can do. Empowerment comes from not only knowing our identity, but also believing in our delegated authority. Empowerment from others will eventually manifest when we feel empowered by the Word of God.
Feeling empowered entails having a renewed mind concerning the truth about our capabilities as new creations. Our identity is linked to understanding that we are children of God. Being a child of God means we learn through process and failure just as human babies do. Human babies do not "do" shame and guilt unless their parents teach it to them inadvertently. Learning to walk in the spirit is a process and not a one-time event. When a baby is born, we do not expect him/her to walk, talk, or do math from birth. But we do know that all these abilities are built into the baby in creation. We offer grace and help while they are in the process of learning to do these things.
Many Christians talk about being a new creation, but it is just a theology to them. When asked what it means to be a new creation, often they cannot explain what they have become. They think that if they fix the old creature, it can somehow make them into a new creature. Do you see the dilemma? They think they are caterpillars required to act like butterflies. So they keep working on their caterpillar identity, trying to make themselves capable of flying by cutting off their feet.
So what are you? If we are resurrected with Christ, then we are not supposed to just try to act like Him, but believe like Him. We are not as He was here on earth, but the scripture in 1 John above states that we are as He is right now.
It is time to rehearse what we are in our imagination. Use the Word of God to discover truths about our new identity. Make a determined effort to challenge every thought that robs you of confidence, boldness, hope, or courage. What beliefs will encourage and inspire you?Think on these things.
Wendy Backlund is an author and speaker. She, along with her husband Steve, have a unique ministry that ignites hope, joy, and victorious mindsets into people's lives. Wendy has a passion for setting Christians free from their past and empowering them in their walk with Christ. She is a revelatory speaker, equipping people to see life from a supernatural perspective.