It’s not who you are becoming. It’s who you already are. Sleeping Beauty, it’s time to wake up and shake off the ‘Sleeping’ to become who He says you are. He calls you ‘Beauty’. “To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes…”(Is 61:3).
By Heather Djunga
Have you ever watched what happens when a drunk person gets pulled over by a cop? In addition to having to have a breathalyser test done, the person is asked to walk in a straight line. You will notice how even when the distance is a short one, they just can’t do this… still, how they try!
When the cop asks them for their details, they even battle to get this right. Sometimes their own name evades them. When they do get it right, it comes out in a slurred, incoherent way.
When a person is spiritually drunk, it looks a little this way too. They forget their identity. They can’t focus on walking in a straight line. But there is a way to wake up and sober up.
One way to sober up a drunk person or wake up a sleeping one – and quickly – is to throw a bucket of water over them (please do not try this at home – this is just for illustration purposes). When you want to wake up or sober up spiritually, water also does the trick. Not Evian spring water, though this is good – rather, Living Water, the kind that Jesus gave to the woman at the well. The ‘Spirit’ and ‘Truth’ brand of water.
The Holy Spirit and the Word of God establish the believer’s identity and guide and strengthen him or her and work out the perfect Will of God in the believer’s life.
Let’s see what the Lord promises in His Word:
“This is what your Sovereign Lord says, your God, who defends his people: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again. I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you, ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.’ And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked on.” (Is 51:22-23)
The moment you received Christ you were change into a new creation, into a Child of the Most High God, with the authority to work out the Will of God in your life and speak to everything which stands contrary to the Word in your circumstances and command it to ‘go!’, in Jesus’ name.
Below is an incredible affirmation of faith given by my home group leaders, Steve and Sue, which they in turn got from another Christian and it’s worth passing it forward because it contains an incredible scriptural revelation of who Jesus is – His absolute authority – and of who you are as His Child (your authority as a believer). It’s straight from the Word of God so you can trust what it says is true. Ask the Holy Spirit to settle your true identity in your heart today. Sleeping Beauty didn’t become Beauty when she woke up. She had always been Beauty. She just had to wake up to see it.
If you battle to see your value, or feel overwhelmed by circumstances, these are great scriptural declarations of faith to declare at the start of each new day.
Affirmation of faith
I recognise that there is only one true and living God (Ex 20:2-3) who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He is worthy of all honour, praise and glory as the Creator, Sustainer and Beginning and End of all things. (Rev 4:11, 5:9-10, Is 43:1, 7 and 21).
I recognise Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1, 14). I believe that He came to destroy the words of Satan (1 John 3:8), that He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display of them, having triumphed over them (Col 1:13-14).
I believe that God has proven His love for me because when I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Rom 5:8). I believe that He delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to His Kingdom, and in Him I have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. (Col 1:13-14).
I believe that I am now a Child of God (1 John 3:1-3) and that I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6). I believe that I was saved by the grace of God through faith, that it was a gift of God and not the result of any works on my part (Eph 2:8-9).
I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Eph 6:10). I put no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3), for the weapons of warfare are not of the flesh (2 Cor 10:4). I put on the whole armour of God (Eph 6:10-20) and I resolve to stand firm in my faith and resist the Evil One.
I believe that apart from Christ, I can do nothing (John 15:5), so I declare myself dependent on Him. I choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and to glorify the Lord (John 15:8). I announce to satan that Jesus is my Lord (1 Cor 12:3) and I reject any counterfeit gifts or works of satan in my life.
I believe that the truth will set me free (John 8:32) and that walking in the light is the only path of fellowship (1 John 1:7). Therefore, I stand against satan’s deception by taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). I declare that the Bible is the only authoritative standard (Tim 3:15-16). I choose to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15).
I choose to present my body as an instrument of righteousness, a living and holy sacrifice, and I renew my mind by the living Word of God, in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect (Rom 6:13, 12:1-2). I put off the old self with its evil practices and put on the new self (Col 3:9-10) and declare myself to be a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).
I trust my Heavenly Father to fill me with His Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18), to lead me into all truth (John 16:13) and to empower my life that I might live above sin and not carry out the desires of the flesh (Gal 5:16). I crucify the flesh (Gal 5:24) and choose to walk by the Spirit.
I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love (1 Tim 1:5). I choose to obey the two greatest commandments : to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind, and to love my neighbour as myself. (Matt 22:37-39).
I believe that Jesus has all authority in Heaven and on Earth (Matt 28:18) and that He is the head over all rule and authority (Col 2:10). I believe that satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ since I am a member of Christ’s body (Eph 1:19-23). Therefore, I obey the command to submit to God and to resist the devil (James 4:7) and I command satan, in the name of Jesus, to leave my presence!
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